Portland hands Gopher hoops team its first lossMinnesota Sports - Portland handed No. 12 Minnesota its first loss of the season in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calfornia
ANAHEIM, Calif. — T.J. Campbell scored a season-high 23 points to lead Portland to a 61-56 upset of No. 22 Minnesota in the 76 Classic on Friday night at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Robin Smeulders added 13 points and Nik Raivio grabbed a season-best 11 rebounds for the Pilots (5-0), who will play No. 8 West Virginia for the tournament championship Sunday night.
Al Nolen scored 13 points for the Golden Gophers (3-1), who shot 33.3 percent and made just 13 of 22 free throws. Lawrence Westbrook and Devoe Joseph had 11 points apiece.
Smeulders and Jared Stohl each scored six points during a 14-5 surge that put Portland ahead 48-39 with 10:46 to play before the Pilots extended the lead to 56-45 with 6:33 left.
Minnesota used a 9-0 spurt to close within 56-54 with 3:13 to go. Nolen led the run with four points, two steals and a rebound.
Smeulders and Campbell combined to make three free throws to extend Portland’s lead to 59-54. But after Nolen converted two free throws with 20.2 seconds remaining, the Golden Gophers had a chance to tie the score.
Minnesota forced a turnover on the inbound pass with 15.5 seconds left but Blake Hoffarber missed a 3-point shot with six seconds to play. Campbell grabbed the rebound, got fouled and made two free throws to seal it.
Portland out-rebounded Minnesota 42-33 to help offset 19 turnovers.