PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nijal Pearson scored a career-high 33 points and Texas State used a second-half offensive eruption to blast Portland 91-68 on Saturday night in the Portland Classic Championship game.
Texas State (5-1) led 36-34 at halftime, and after intermission, proceeded to shoot 20 of 32 (62.5 percent) including 9 of 13 (69) from 3-point range. Portland’s shooting went in the opposite direction as the Pilots (5-3) shot 25 percent (7 of 28) from the field.
Pearson finished 12 of 18 shooting and 6 of 9 from 3-point range, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player this weekend and surpassed 1,100 career points. Pearson also finished with three steals to give him 103 to move into 10th-place all time in school history.
Tre’Larenz Nottingham scored 11 and Chandler Davis scored 10 for the Bobcats.