Portland 80, Saint Mary’s 75

T.J. Campbell scored 24 points as Portland beat Saint Mary’s

80-75 in overtime Saturday to pull within a half-game of the Gaels

for second place in the West Coast Conference.

Mickey McConnell scored 25 points to lead Saint Mary’s (21-5,

8-3 West Coast), which suffered its second straight loss after

winning six in a row and 11 of its last 12.

Portland (16-8, 7-3) led most of the second half before the

Gaels turned a 13-point deficit into a 72-70 lead when Omar Samhan

hit a turnaround jumper with 39 seconds remaining in

regulation.

But Campbell hit a driving layup with 25 seconds left to send

the game into overtime, and the Pilots outscored St. Mary’s 8-3 in

the extra period.

Samhan fouled out with 1:31 left in OT and Saint Mary’s ahead

75-74. Without Samhan, the Gaels had a difficult time stopping

Portland’s big front line.