RENO, Nevada (AP) Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 35 points and third-seeded Eastern Washington held off a late Portland State rally to beat the sixth-seeded Vikings 78-72 in a Big Sky Conference Tournament quarterfinal game Thursday night.
Eastern Washington (19-13) faces No. 10 seed Southern Utah in a semifinal game on Friday.
Bliznyuk scored the last eight points for the Eagles to seal the win. The Vikings made it a game when Derek Brown scored eight consecutive points to start a 12-2 run to narrow their deficit to 72-63 with 4:33 remaining. Holland Woods scored five straight to reduce the margin to four with 72 seconds left. Bliznyuk - who finished 11-of-14 shooting - responded with five straight in a nine-second span and the Eagles held on as Portland State missed six of its last seven shots.