Los Angeles, CA – A dominant second half from Portland University was the driving force in a 92-78 victory over the LMU Lions. Alec Wintering 29 points and D’Marques Tyson 23 combined for 52 points and Adom Jacko of the Lions scored 35 points to keep the game closer than it otherwise would have been.
The game was tied, after a well played first half as the LMU Lions hosted the University of Portland in a high paced shootout by college standards. Guard Alec Wintering for Portland had an exceptional game and pushed the tempo beautifully. He made all the correct decisions, facilitating the offense and getting easy open shots for all his teammates. The main beneficiary of this tempo for Portland was D’Marques Tyson.
Both teams shot the ball well and it was an exciting first half to watch from a spectator’s point of view. Portland dominated the rebounds for most of the game and that led to most of their success. As usual for LMU Adom Jacko could not be contained in the low post. He was the best source of quality offensive production for the Lions.
In the end, the ball movement and the shooting of Portland was too much for LMU to handle. They made 16 three pointers and kept the ball moving wonderfully. They are clearly not used to playing at this fast pace and in the second half and just could not keep up. They essentially were trading two point baskets for 3’s it seemed. Even though Jacko was dominant in the post he didn’t get enough touches because of the fast pace. They were always playing uphill in the second half after being a tied game at the halftime. It was proven to be fool’s gold for the Lions in the end. LMU’s coaching staff refused to make an adjustment to come out of the zone defense that was surrendering all the open shots from long distance. Portland’s backcourt and balance attack beat the one man show of the Lions.