The Viking men’s basketball team cruised to a 76-65 win Saturday night over Northern Arizona (5-19, 1-11), thanks to five Vikings, led by Charles Odum, scoring in double figures.
Despite a furious rally down the stretch, the Vikings men’s basketball team suffered another heart-breaking defeat, falling at home to the Montana Grizzlies 69-67 in front of a season-high crowd of 1,307 in the Stott Center.
The Portland State Vikings bring their three-game winning streak back home to the Stott Center tonight as they face the Montana State Bobcats.
Senior guard Charles Odum, who was named Big Sky Player of the Week on Monday for the second straight week, continues to be the focal point of the Vikings offense as of late, averaging 23.6 points per game during the streak.
After the 2010 season, with only two years of eligibility left, Charles Odum wanted to make his time with the Vikings count. When recruited out of the College of Southern Idaho, while he was drawing attention from schools like Oklahoma and Kent State, he did not want to spend his last years sitting on the bench, letting a chance slip by.
Just hours after being named Big Sky player of the week, Charles Odum lived up to the honor with his best performance yet.
The senior guard scored a career-high 29 points as the Vikings men’s basketball team defeated Idaho State 80-69 at the Stott Center Monday night. Odum paced the Vikings offense, hitting a season-high 10-18 field goals, including three from three-point range.
After a season-long slump in three-point shooting, the Vikings’ men’s basketball team finally found their touch.
Charles Odum made four of his team’s 13 3-pointers as the Vikings (8-9, 2-3) knocked off Northern Colorado 86-75 to earn their first road victory of the season.
An inspired effort from the men’s basketball team was not enough to hold down Weber State and the nation’s leading scorer.
Damian Lillard scored 38 points to lead the Wildcats to an 88-81 victory over Portland State (7-9, 1-3) on Saturday night at the Stott Center. Lillard is currently averaging 26.3 points per game. The loss dampened a huge night from Vikings forward Chehales Tapscott, who led Portland State with 26 points and eight rebounds.
If the Vikings men’s basketball team hopes to make a run at the Big Sky championship this season, then it’s time to start running.
After a difficult December schedule that saw the Vikings play six of eight games on the road, all resulting in losses, the team will be glad to see the schedule heading into conference play.
“It just takes guys time and that’s why I’ve been encouraged about this team,” head coach Tyler Geving said. “I feel like we’re doing a lot of good things but we’re not quite there yet.”
A “nuclear winter” for the NBA was avoided after players and owners reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, ending the lockout after a 149-day stalemate.
Just 12 days after NBA Commissioner David Stern used the term to describe the NBA’s potential fate, he sat next to Union Executive Director Billy Hunter to announce the deal.
Despite putting on a poor display offensively, particularly from the three-point line, the Portland State men’s basketball team finished with a solid 2-1 record at the Wyoming Jim Thorpe Classic this past weekend.
The Vikings (4-2 overall) were led by strong play from senior guard Charles Odum, who averaged 19.6 points per game in the three outings, including a career-high 27 against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
The Vikings men’s basketball team will take to the road for Thanksgiving weekend as they participate in the Jim Thorpe Classic at the University of Wyoming.
The round-robin tournament will feature Louisiana Tech and Maryland-Eastern Shore, as well as host Wyoming.
The tournament is named for Jim Thorpe, widely considered as one of the most versatile athletes of modern sport. He won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 Summer games in the pentathlon and decathlon. Thorpe was also a renowned football player, earning all-pro honors in 1923 as well as being named to the all decade team. A college football award is named after him, given to the nation’s top defensive back.