Portland State Claims First NCAA Tournament Bid

Defeat Northern Arizona in Big Sky tournament championship game, 67-51
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2008 12:31 AM CDT
Portland State forward Deonte Huff celebrates after Portland State defeated Northern Arizona to win the Big Sky men's basketball tournament championship game. Huff led Portland State with 17 points.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Portland State University earned their first ever chance to compete in the NCAA tournament last night, beating Northern Arizona 67-51 in the Big Sky Conference championship game. The win marks the 14th straight in conference for PSU. Though close at the start, PSU opened the game up with a decisive 18-4 tear at the end of the first half, the AP reports.

Deonte Huff posted 17 for Portland State, including a breakaway dunk in the first half run. Northern Arizona, meanwhile, had 13- and 10-point efforts, respectively, from Nate Geiser and Kyle Landry, but managed just a single field goal in the final twelve minutes of the first half, and never succeeded in pulling closer than within nine of top-seeded PSU.