Loyola-Chicago (2-2) at Portland State (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 22, 8:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Peter W. Stott Center (1,500) -- Portland, Oregon. Television: None. Home Record: Loyola-Chicago 2-0, PSU 1-0. Away Record: Loyola-Chicago 0-2, PSU 0-1. Neutral Record: Loyola-Chicago 0-0, PSU 0-0. Conference Record: Loyola-Chicago 0-0, PSU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: For the first time in more decades, Portland State is hosting an in-season tournament, an event that features a total of four teams, with the Vikings and Loyola-Chicago getting together tonight at the Stott Center.
The Ramblers are hoping to finally get that first road win under their belts tonight after having lost to both Tennessee Tech and Tulane last week. However, the team did get into the win column for the second time in 2013-14 three days ago with an 83-65 victory over Rockhurst.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are playing just their third game of the season, having split their first two outings. The team began the new year with a 67-48 defeat at the hands of UNLV back on Nov. 8, but five days later the squad turned the tables on Pacific Lutheran University in a 79-43 final at home.
The Vikings, who will play just one road game (Boise State) between now and the new calendar year, are taking on Loyola-Chicago for the first time ever tonight.
This three-day tournament also involves UC Davis and SIU Edwardsville, with every team playing each other before the weekend comes to a close.
Loyola turned the ball over 15 times and allowed the visitors to shoot 10- of-18 behind the 3-point line, but still the Ramblers had little trouble in taking down Rockhurst. Milton Doyle was responsible for a game-high 24 points, adding five rebounds and five assists, followed by Christian Thomas with a double-double consisting of 18 points and a game-high 10 boards. Devon Turk pitched in with 11 points in 15 minutes off the bench, followed by Joe Crisman with 10 points.
Shooting 10-of-25 (.400) beyond the arc, Milton is producing 18.5 ppg even as he makes just 59.3 percent of his opportunities at the free-throw line. Thomas (14.8 ppg) and Jeff White (13.5 ppg) are both converting better than 57.0 percent from the floor at the moment, helping to lift the entire group to 48.3 percent accuracy.
The Vikings shot only 8-of-24 from the floor in the first half the last time out, but the team made up for it by connecting on 14-of-19 at the free-throw line and holding Pacific Lutheran to just seven field goals in the frame. In the second half the visitors again converted only seven field goals, but this time PSU knocked down a sizzling 76.2 percent from the field in order to cruise to the win. Tim Douglas led the way with 16 points, DaShaun Wiggins 13, Andre Winston 11 points and Zach Gengler 10 in the triumph.
Very little can be gleaned from the first two games of the season for the Vikings, but what can be said is that Douglas is the top scorer with his 17.0 ppg and he has also been a bit loose with the ball, suffering 10 turnovers against just four assists. At the defensive end of the floor, PSU has managed to limit the opposition to just 33.3 percent shooting from the field and watched those squads convert only 55.0 percent at the free-throw line.
Being the host for this tournament doesn't assure the Vikings of success by any means, but against a team such as Loyola the hometown squad should hold an edge nonetheless.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Portland State 69, Loyola-Chicago 65
11/22 10:40:19 ET