Cody Demps drilled a jump shot with four seconds to go in regulation to tie the game, but the Sacramento State Hornets never led in overtime in a 68-64 loss at The Nest Thursday night to the Portland State Vikings.
The Hornets (5-9, 1-4 Big Sky Conference) led 28-25 at the half, but had to battle back from as much as five points down in the second half to force the extra session. A three-point play by Eric Stuteville gave Sacramento State its last lead at 49-48 with 4:10 to go, but the Vikings (7-7, 2-3) reclaimed the advantage on their next possession when Tim Douglas knocked down a 3-pointer.
Kyle Richardson’s dunk with 1:13 to go put Portland State up 55-51, but Mikh McKinney drained two free throws with 54 seconds left to make it 55-53 and Douglas missed the front end of a one-and-one to give the Hornets a chance to tie.
Alyx Foster scored inside off a feed from Andre Winston Jr. after a scoreless first minute in overtime, though, to give Portland State the lead 57-55 and they would never trail again.
Douglas scored 13 points for the Vikings, while Kyle Richardson had 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots and Gary Winston notched 12 points and six assists.
McKinney finished with 18 points for the Hornets, Stuteville scored 11 and Jordan Salley added 10. Zach Mills yanked down eight rebounds and Demps dished out four assists.
Portland State was 26-for-54 (48.1 percent) overall, 5-for-17 (29.4 percent) from 3-point range and 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) at the free-throw line. Sacramento State was 23-for-52 (44.2 percent), 0-for-14 and 18-for-22 (81.8 percent).
The Hornets had the edge on the boards 34-29, but the Vikings committed only nine turnovers, compared to 12 for the hosts.
Sacramento State hosts Eastern Washington Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Pacific.