Portland, OR — The Portland State Vikings (6-5) blindsided the Ole Miss Rebels (9-3) and came up with a 94-79 win Tuesday night.
The reason behind Portland State's win was simple: the Vikings were more consistent and efficient. Ole Miss was the favorite to win this game, but fell short due to missed opportunities. The Rebels tallied 20 turnovers in comparison to Portland State's nine.
The Vikings took advantage of second-chance points, with 21 coming from those opportunities. Ole Miss played very rushed and sloppy for most of the game. Their bench stepped up toward the end of the game in the third quarter, but they were simply too far behind to try and come back from a padded Portland State lead.
Ashley Bolston led Portland State with 32 points and went 10-for-10 from the free throw line. As a team, the Vikings went 24-of-28 from the charity stripe. Ole Miss struggled and went 9-24 at the line, which spoke to the lack of focus and consistency that plagued them throughout.
The Vikings will start Big Sky play on Saturday, Dec. 30 as they host Sacramento State, while Ole Miss will host Texas Southern on Dec. 28.