PORTLAND — Here’s a look at Portland, Oregon State’s opponent Sunday afternoon in the Beavers’ second and final game at the Dam City Classic at Moda Center.
The Pilots are 6-3 after Friday’s 85-82 win against South Dakota at Moda Center. Gabe Taylor’s 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left was the clincher.
Portland has played two Pac-12 opponents. The Pilots trailed by eight at halftime to UCLA in a 99-77 loss Nov. 24 in Fullerton, California. They also lost to Colorado, 76-63 at home on Dec. 3.
Senior guard Alec Wintering is having a strong season, averaging 22.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 2.2 steals. He’s shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 80.6 at the free-throw line.
Wintering has led the team in scoring five times. He scored a career-high 36 (14-20 shooting, including 4-4 on 3-pointers) in a 96-78 win against Cal State Northridge Nov. 27 in Anaheim, California. He’s scored 24 or more in five games.
Sophomore guard Jazz Johnson averages 18.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists and Taylor, a junior forward 14 points and 7.2 rebounds. Johnson had a career-high 26 against Northridge.
Portland is shooting 46.6 percent from the field for the season and has been over 50 percent in four games.
The Pilots are like the Beavers in that they’ve struggled with turnovers. Portland has had at least 13 turnovers in all but one game and has had 15 or more in five games.
Former Portland Trail Blazer and two-time NBA all-star Terry Porter is in his first season as the Pilots’ head coach.
He has the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons (2003-05), one at Phoenix (2008-09) and an assistant at Minnesota, Sacramento and Detroit.
Porter’s two sons are on his roster. Franklin is a sophomore guard and Malcolm a freshman guard.