Portland 70, FAU 65

Derrick Rodgers’ basket gave Portland the lead with 28 seconds

left, helping the Pilots to a 70-65 victory over Florida Atlantic

on Saturday to open the World Vision Classic.

Owls guard Greg Gantt led all scorers with 23 points. The Pilots

were led by Nemanja Mitrovic’s 18 points.

After Rodgers put Portland up 66-65, Mitrovic made two free

throws. Gantt then missed a 3-pointer before Ryan Nicholas made two

free throws to push the Pilots in front 70-65.

Gantt scored 18 points in the first half. He made four

3-pointers.

A short jump shot by Kore White gave the Owls a 20-8 lead with

10:49 left in the first half. That was the biggest lead by either

team.

But Portland used an 11-3 run to close the first half and tie it

at 35.