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Northern Arizona comes up short against Portland State

Northern Arizona coach Jack Murphy calls to his team during the first half against Weber State during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Ogden, Utah. (Matt Herp/Standard-Examiner via AP)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Deante Strickland and Holland Woods scored 12 points apiece to lead Portland State to a 72-66 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday night.

Clinging to a one-point lead at the break, Portland State opened the second half with a 7-0 burst that included two buckets from Brandon Hollins to make it 31-23 with just under 17 minutes to play.

Northern Arizona later cut the gap to 38-37 on Corey Brown’s jumper but it was as close as the Lumberjacks got as Portland State responded with a 9-0 run and hung on for the final nine minutes.

Portland State (18-11, 8-8 Big Sky Conference) shot just 38 percent from the field but dominated the glass, 46-32, with Hollins grabbing 12 of those rebounds to go with eight points.

The Vikings have won three straight.

Torry Johnson led Northern Arizona (5-24, 2-14) with 15 points and Karl Harris and Jojo Anderson had 13 points apiece.

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