LAS VEGAS (AP) Jazz Johnson scored 17 points and Portland, which lost its last 16 conference games, beat San Diego 60-55 on Friday night in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament.
Gabe Taylor added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds and Xavier Hallinan scored 11 points for the 10th-seeded Pilots (11-21), who will face second seed and 20th-ranked Saint Mary’s in a Saturday quarterfinal.
Brett Bailey made four 3-pointers and scored 19 points for the Toreros (13-18), who beat the Pilots twice in the regular season. Cameron Neubauer and Olin Carter III added 11 points each.
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Six straight points by Taylor gave Portland the lead for good, 47-44, with 7 1/2 minutes to go. San Diego trailed by three and had the ball with 36 seconds left but Bailey threw a pass straight to Taylor and two free throws by Johnson completed the scoring.