Malcolm Porter started tonight and had a solid performance with 12 points and 2 assists, but the red-shirt Freshman's attempts weren't enough to keep the Pilot's from losing their grasp on the game in the final minutes.
The Portland Pilots fell to the Santa Clara Broncos 81-72 in a close fought battle tonight at the Chiles Center. Despite staying with the Broncos throughout the game and taking a lead early in the second half, the Pilots were unable to keep their performance together in the final minutes. Fouling seemed to be a major problem for Portland tonight, racking up 21 personal fouls compared to Santa Clara’s 12, which proved crucial at the end of the game. It’s a disappointing result to swallow for Portland fans. Had they won tonight, it would have been the first time UP has won three consecutive conference games at home in 3 years. With this loss, the Pilots drop to eighth in their ten team league. They are now 4-10 in conference play and will face BYU at home next Thursday.