Vikings Come Home For Two Games This Week At The Ship


PORTLAND BIBLE ARROWS (0-10) at PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS (3-4)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 7 p.m. • Viking Pavilion (3,094), Portland, OR
Live broadcast: ESPN+ • Play-by-Play: Matt Richert • Analyst: Devon Pouncey
Live Stats: www.ViksLive.com
Complete notes and statistics in PDF format


THE OPENING TIP

After a challenging opening month of the season, the Portland State Vikings will come home for two games at the Viking Pavilion this week. PSU hosts Portland Bible College on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and Air Force on Saturday at 1:00 p.m

The Vikings (3-4) clinched an 83-71 win over Oregon State in Sunday night’s 7th place game of the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament. It was the second time in eight days that the Vikings defeated the beavers. PSU was 1-2 in the PKL, losing in the opening round to then sixth-ranked Gonzaga, then in the second round to West Virginia.

Portland State will be happy to return to The Ship after playing six of their first seven away. Among the opponents were three Power 5 games (Oregon State, West Virginia, Oregon State), a national team (Gonzaga) and the defending WAC champion (Seattle).

The Vikings have won six straight home games since last season. PSU has also had an all-time 55-2 against minor league schools since participating in the Big Sky Conference (1996-97).

In three weeks of play, the Vikings have established themselves as a team that plays with great intensity, relies on pressure defense and enjoys pushing the pace. PSU leads the Big Sky Conference in score (83.7) and revenue margin (+3.6).

The Vikings are led by JR G Jorell Saterfield who scores an average of 16.3 points per game. SR G Cameron Parker is averaging 14.6 points, a Big Sky-leading 5.6 assists, and shooting .585 from the field. JR F hunters forest leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game while averaging 11.6 points and Big Sky-best 2.2 steals.

Parker also goes into Wednesday’s game with 995 points in his collegiate career (116 total games at Stony Brook, Montana and Portland State). He needs five points to reach the college milestone of 1,000 in a career.

Portland Bible, a program of the National Christian College Athletic Association, goes into Wednesday night’s game with a 0-10 record. The Air Force is 4-3 in nonconference play and has one game at Arkansas-Pine Bluff before taking on the Vikings.

Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+ and live stats are available at www.ViksLive.com

COMING UP

After this week’s games, the Vikings have a week off from competition. They travel to Cal Poly for a game on December 10th and then play in Santa Clara on December 13th.

PSU plays UC Santa Barbara at home on December 17th and then finishes the game outside of conference at California Baptist on December 22nd.

GAME NOTES: PORTLAND STATE vs. PORTLAND BIBLE

  • ALL TIME SERIES: Portland State leads the all-time streak 3-0. The Vikings won 125-50 in 2017, 123-40 in 2018 and 101-48 in 2019. All three games were played at PSU.
  • TRAINER: Viking coach Jase Coburn (Arizona State, 2006) is in his second season as head coach and is 17-21 overall. He has never played against Portland Bible as head coach. He spent eight previous seasons with the Park Blocks as an assistant and associate head coach…the Arrows are coached by Mike Arnold. He’s 0-3 against the Vikings.
WHO IS HOT

  • FREE IS A GOOD PRICE: The Vikings are shooting .786 at the free throw line this season, easily a school record pace. PSU shot 19-21 (.905) on Oregon State (11/19), then went 15-17 (.882) against Gonzaga (11/24)…SR G Cameron Parker went 13-13 at the line against West Virginia (11/25) – the fifth most in school history without a miss. Parker is shooting .868 on the line this season (33-38)…JR G Jorell Saterfield shoots .917 (22-24) and leads the Big Sky Conference…six Vikings shoot .813 or higher.
  • SR G Cameron Parker averaged 15.3 points and 5.7 assists in three PKL tournament games. He led the Vikings by 19 points against West Virginia (3-8 FG, 13-13 FT). Against Gonzaga, he had 16 points (6-9 FG, 4-5 FT) and eight assists, followed by 11 points (4-6 FG, 1-1 3pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and six assists on Victory over Oregon State… Parker hit his college career high with 23 points (8-13 FG, 2-5 3pt, 5-7 FT) and six assists in Portland (11/11). Parker had previously scored 23 points in a game for Sacred Heart in 2019…Parker shoots .585 from field, .467 from three-point range, and .868 at the free throw line. He’s averaging 5.6 assists to officiate the Big Sky Conference.
  • SR G Michael Starks had career-high 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-1 FT), five assists and three steals in the win over Oregon State. In three PKL games, Starks averaged 10.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting .476 from the field and .909 on the line.
  • THE BANK: Portland State had a solid bench game all season. They got a bench boost from SR G on Sunday against Oregon State Bobby Harvey (11 points, 4-8 FG, 3-5 3 points), JR G Keshaun Saunders (10 points, 3-4 FG, 4-6 FT) and SOC Hayden Curtiss (6 pts, 3-6 FG, 4 vines, 1 black). Ironically, all three players played 16 minutes each.
  • BIG SKY LEADERS: Portland State leads the Big Sky Conference in several categories. Individual JR G Jorell Saterfield leads in free throw percentage (.917), JR F hunters forest leads in steals (2.14), SR G Cameron Parker leads in assists (5.6) and assist-to-turnover ratio (3.0). As a team, the Vikings lead in points (83.7), goal advantage (+5.3), assists (14.4), turnover advantage (+3.6), and shots blocked (3.14).
ABOUT VICTORIES OVER OREGON STATE

Portland State had one of its better wins in a while with a 79-66 win at Oregon State on Nov. 19. Prior to this game, Portland State had never beaten Oregon State.

Well, once wasn’t enough. The Vikings got a rematch against the Beavers in the 7th place game of the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament on November 27th. And damn it, the Vikings did it again. PSU led wire to wire with an 83-71 win.

PSU is now 2-16 all-time against Oregon State, having come painfully close to beating the Beavers many times — particularly last season when the Vikings led by double digits in the second half. In the last eight meetings since 1997, seven have been decided in single digits, with one breakaway in 2011. The other seven games, starting last season, have been decided backwards with 9, 5, 6, 5, 3, 5, and 4. Oregon State won the game in 2002 on a Brian Jackson three-pointer to the buzzer from 35 feet. The Vikings led at nine at half time.

The two victories over the “Pac-12” mark the second time PSU has accomplished the feat in one season. The Vikings defeated Stanford and Cal in the 2017-18 season.

PSU is 9-58 all-time against the Pac-12 with wins over Oregon (2), Oregon State (2), Arizona State (2), USC (1), Stanford (1) and Cal (1). Story – all comes during PSU’s Big Sky Conference era (9-44).

PARKER SHOOTS FOR 1,000

SR G Cameron Parker looks back on a long and successful university career. He’s close to a college milestone: 1,000 career points. It’s likely he’ll match that standard in his hometown going into this week’s games with just five more points to 1,000.

Parker’s career points

2022-23: 102 in 7 games (Portland State)
2021-22: 291 in 32 games (Montana)
2020-21: 234 in 28 games (Montana)
2019-20: 179 in 18 games (Sacred Heart)
2018-19: 189 in 31 games (Sacred Heart)
Total: 995 points in 116 games

Parker’s career aids

2022-23: 39 in 7 games (Portland State)
2021-22: 145 in 32 games (Montana)
2020-21: 132 in 28 games (Montana)
2019-20: 141 in 18 games (Sacred Heart)
2018-19: 213 in 31 games (Sacred Heart)
Total: 670 assists in 116 games

IT’S NOT WHO STARTS…

Portland State’s bench has been very effective this season. Starters logged 837 minutes and Reserves logged 563 minutes. Remarkably, the bench have scored almost as many goals as the starters in those minutes, 323 to 263.

  • The seven game numbers: UP (Starter 49/Bank 42), SU (37/32), TESC (47/66), OSU (37/42), GON (57/21), WV (42/29), OSU ( 54/29).
  • Bankers (97-195, .498) shot the starters (101-256, .395) out of the field.