University of Portland Athletics

02/09/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/09/2018 18:51

Pilots Look for Road Split at Pacific on Saturday

Portland Pilots (10-16, 4-9 WCC) at Pacific Tigers (12-14, 7-6 WCC)
Date:
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Stockton, Calif. (Spanos Center)
Video: TheW.tv
Radio: 910 ESPN-Portland
Stats: PacificTigers.com
Series: POR trails 12-24 (H: 8-8, A: 3-17, N: 1-0)
Last Meeting: Pacific 66, Pilots 54 (Jan. 9, 2018 at Portland)

GAME INFORMATION
University of Portland visits Pacific on Saturday and will try to split a West Coast Conference road trip. The Pilots dropped a 65-63 decision at San Francisco on Thursday night. The meeting will feature former Portland Trail Blazers star point guards Terry Porter and Damon Stoudamire on the sidelines. Stoudamire and the Tigers came away with a 66-54 win at Portland on Jan. 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Spanos Center.

GAME COVERAGE
The game will be aired live on TheW.tv. with Dave Friedman and Ben Braun on the call. Live radio coverage of all Pilot games is on 910 ESPN-Portland (KMTT) with play-by-play voice, Jason Swygard.

PORTLAND NOTES
• After a home sweep of Pepperdine and LMU last week, the Pilots have won four of their last seven games, with two of those losses coming to nationally ranked Gonzaga and Saint Mary's. The Pilots had a shot to win at San Francisco on Thursday despite falling behind 10-0. D'Marques Tyson had a three-pointer at the buzzer rim off. Freshman G Marcus Shaver Jr. led the Pilots with season highs of 22 points and seven rebounds.
• Tyson is second in UP history for career three-pointers made (239) and is 48 points shy of becoming Portland's 40th career 1,000-point scorer. He is now the WCC leader in three-point percentage (.470).
• Shaver Jr. is averaging a team-best 11.7 points per game and has reached double figures in scoring 17 times this season.
• Sophomores Josh McSwiggan (11.3) and Franklin Porter (10.2) are also averaging double figures. McSwiggan is fourth in the WCC in three-point percentage (.438).
• Portland has one of the youngest rotations in the nation and has started three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior the last five games. Freshman JoJo Walker, McSwiggan and senior C Philipp Hartwich are the only Pilots to have started all 26 games.
• Hartwich broke the UP career record for blocked shots earlier this year and also shattered the single-season record (66). Hartwich is second in the WCC in blocks per game (2.5) and is third in the league in rebounds (8.5).
• Portland has a diverse roster featuring players from 13 different states or countries. There are four Oregonians, but no other state/territory with more than one player. Internationally, Portland has players from Mali, New Zealand, Germany and England.
• Terry Porter's 2017 recruiting class was ranked No. 10 nationally by HoopScoop. The class was the highest rated in the WCC and No. 2 nationally among mid-majors. Nine newcomers comprised the class with seven freshmen and two junior college transfers.
• The Pilots signed 6-8 post Josh Phillips (Huntington Beach, Calif.) to a NLI during the early signing period.
• Portland took an August foreign tour to England and went 3-1 on the trip. The Pilots defeated 2017 British Basketball League runner-up Newcastle on a buzzer-beater by Franklin Porter, dropped a buzzer beater to BBL Champions Leicester, and posted two comfortable wins against academy teams.
• Xavier Hallinan returned to the Portland roster over winter break. Hallinan was a walk-on for two years and played significant minutes down the stretch last season, starting the last six games. He will sit out this season, but can practice with the team.
ABOUT PACIFIC
• The Tigers (12-14, 7-6 WCC) dropped a 61-51 home game to No. 12 Gonzaga on Thursday, snapping a two-game winning streak.
• Transfers Roberto Gallinat (13.1), Miles Reynolds (13.0) and Jahlil Tripp (10.3) pace Pacific in scoring.
• Pacific owns a 25-12 edge in the all-time series with the Pilots. The teams split the season series last year with each side winning at home, while Pacific took the opening meeting this year by a 66-54 margin in Portland.
• Head coach Damon Stoudemire was born and raised in Portland where he grew up and played a number of seasons professionally with the Trail Blazers. He is in his second season with the Tigers.

SHAVER JR. COMES UP BIG LATE
Marcus Shaver Jr. has provided clutch plays down the stretch in each of the last three games. He did not miss a shot and scored eight points in the final 2:15 of regulation to keep the Pilots within one possession down the stretch. Against LMU on Saturday, he broke a late tie by penetrating, drawing a foul, and knocking down a pair of free throws with 2.3 seconds left to win the game. He also added a season-high six assists. In a Feb. 1 win against Pepperdine, he scored seven points in overtime and contributed five rebounds and five assists. The Phoenix, Ariz. native has reached double figures in 13 of the last 17 games and is leading the team in scoring (11.7). He was named the January U.S. Bank UP Student-Athlete of the Month.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
The Pilots feature one of the youngest rosters in the nation. Portland has 10 underclassmen with eight freshmen and two sophomores. Freshman PG JoJo Walker has started all 26 games this year and freshman G Marcus Shaver Jr. has scored 15 or more points nine times this season.

TYSON CATCHING FIRE, CLIMBING CHARTS
Senior G D'Marques Tyson scored a season-high 22 points in Saturday's win versus LMU, going 6-for-8 from three-point range. That followed a 16-point effort off the bench against Pepperdine where he drilled 4-of-5 three-pointers to spark the Pilots. Tyson, a three-point specialist, is averaging 11.6 points over the last eight games and has made 21-of-37 threes during the run. He is now leading the WCC in three-point percentage (.471) and ranks second all-time in three-pointers made at Portland (239). He passed Casey Frandsen (211, 2000-04) after drilling five three-pointers against Sacramento State on Dec. 21 and now trails only Jared Stohl (336, 2007-11). Tyson is also No. 5 in career three-point percentage (.418).
DIABATE HAVING A BREAKOUT RUN
Freshman F Tahirou Diabate scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in last Thursday's win over Pepperdine. He also had three blocked shots in just 24 minutes of action before fouling out. Diabate was re-inserted into the starting lineup when the Pilots hosted San Diego on Jan. 4 and scored the team's first six points and matched a season-high with 13 points. He scored a then-season high 15 points with 10 rebounds and four blocked shots at Santa Clara on Jan. 6. The Bamako, Mali native came up big in a win at San Diego on Jan. 18 with the go-ahead basket with less than two minutes remaining. He finished with 11 points and added 14 points and seven rebounds in a Jan. 20 game at Loyola Marymount.

HARTWICH SETS RECORD, CONTINUES BREAKOUT SEASON
Senior C Philipp Hartwich broke the school career record for blocked shots on Dec. 19 against Hartford and then set the single-season school record on Jan. 20 at LMU. The Cologne, Germany native swatted three attempts against Hartford to pass former teammate Thomas van der mars (121, 2011-15) for the top spot. He now has 153 and counting. He blocked a career best six shots at Loyola Marymount and also owns the single-season school record (66). Hartwich averaged 1.4 points and 3.0 rebounds through his first three years on The Bluff, but is averaging 5.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots this year. He has recorded his first three career double-doubles, is second in the WCC in blocked shots, and is third in rebounding.
McSWIGGAN MAKING SHOTS
Josh McSwiggan has led the Pilots in scoring nine times this year, reached double figures in 16 of 26 games, and is second on the team in scoring (11.3). The Loughborough, England native had a circuitous route to Portland. After committing to UTEP and sitting out his freshman season, he transferred to Casper College (Wyoming) and had a solid 2016-17 campaign. Portland assistant coach Bob Cantu, who recruited McSwiggan to UTEP, kept in touch and helped garner his commitment to the Pilots. McSwiggan was then able to return to his roots and play in his hometown in front of friends and family when Portland took a foreign tour to England in August.
GETTING DEFENSIVE
Portland's stifling defense against San Diego on Jan. 18 limited the Toreros to 36 percent shooting and the 49 points allowed was the lowest for the Pilots since holding Oregon State to 45 points on Dec. 18, 2016. San Diego point guard Isaiah Wright, who erupted for a career-high 30 points at Portland on Jan. 4, was held to a season low three points on Thursday. Portland held just two Division I opponents 70 points or less in non-league play, but the Pilots have held seven WCC opponents to 70 or less through 13 games.

DIVERSE ROSTER WITH INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
Portland has a diverse roster featuring players from 13 different states or countries. There are four native Oregonians, but no other state or territory with more than one player on the roster. Internationally, Portland has players from Mali, New Zealand, Germany and England. States represented include Hawaii, Arizona, California, South Carolina, Ohio, Idaho, Washington and the US territory of Puerto Rico. Freshman Tahirou Diabate is from Mali, but has lived in France, the Canary Islands, and Japan and speaks five languages: Bambara (native), English, French, Spanish and Japanese.

WALKER RESILIENT
Freshman PG JoJo Walker is from Puerto Rico and still has many family and friends that were impacted by the hurricanes. Walker left Puerto Rico to gain greater basketball exposure and opportunities when he was a freshman in high school and settled in Santa Maria, Calif. Originally supposed to be a short stint, Walker developed such a connection with his host family and friends that he ended up staying all four years at St. Joseph HS. Despite only getting back to Puerto Rico a couple weeks per year, Walker's entire biological family still calls Carolina, Puerto Rico home. His mother, father, and grandfather were able to get off the island and visit JoJo in Portland in early October and were also at the PK80 Tournament. The Pilots were able to use the NCAA Natural Disaster Exemption to host an exhibition game against Eastern Washington on Oct. 29 that raised nearly $3,000 for Red Cross efforts benefitting Puerto Rico relief.
THREE-POINT THREATS
UP is second in the WCC in three-point percentage (.383) and is making 8.1 three-pointers per game. The Pilots have made nine or more triples in 12 games this year. Two Pilots rank in the top four in the WCC for three-point percentage led by league-leader D'Marques Tyson (.470) and Josh McSwiggan (4th, .438).
ENGLAND FOREIGN TOUR IN AUGUST
Portland went on a foreign tour to England in August and finished with a 3-1 record. The Pilots defeated 2017 British Basketball League runner-up Newcastle on a buzzer-beater by Franklin Porter, dropped a buzzer beater to BBL Champions Leicester, and comfortable defeated a pair of academy teams during the trip. In addition to the games and tours in London, the team was able to get 10 extra days of practice on campus. Visit PortlandPilots.com/LondonTour for complete details on the trip.
PILOTS INK ATHLETIC BIG DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
Portland signed Josh Phillips (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison HS) to a NLI on the first day of the early signing period, head coach Terry Porter announced. Phillips (6-8, 190) will join the Pilots as a freshman in the fall of 2018. Porter and the Portland coaching staff targeted a 2018 post this summer and Phillips caught the staff's attention immediately. He earned All-Sunset League First Team honors and helped Edison post a 23-5 overall record and 9-1 mark in the Sunset League. The team advanced to the second round of the CIF Southern Section 2017 Boys Basketball Division I-AA Championships. 'Josh impressed us with his ability to make multiple effort plays consistently as we evaluated him in the recruiting process,' Porter said. 'He has good size, length and athleticism, a great motor, and the tremendous desire to defend and rebound. His shot blocking ability will translate right away and he is always doing the little things that helps winning programs. He will bring a unique skillset to our frontline next year.'
PILOTS IN THE PROS
A total of 11 former Pilots are currently playing professionally overseas: Alec Wintering (Araberri, Spain), Ray Barreno (Panteras de Aguascalientes, Mexico), Thomas van der Mars (Kalev/Cramo Tallinn, Estonia), Volodymyr Gerun (FC Barcelona B, Spain), Bryce Pressley (Palencia, Spain), Nemanja Mitrovic (Araberri, Spain), Nik Raivio (Legnano, Italy), TJ Campbell (Turk Telekom, Turkey), Luke Sikma (ALBA Berlin, German), Taishi Ito (Toyota Alvark, Japan) and Pooh Jeter (Tianjin Gold Lions, China).

IT'S ALL IN THE FAMILY
Sophomore G Franklin Porter and freshman G Malcolm Porter are both coming off of redshirt seasons and in 2017. Franklin transferred to UP after playing one season at Saint Mary's, while Malcolm signed with the Pilots after graduating from Jesuit High School. Both players are also sons of Portland head coach Terry Porter. They are one of 30 brother tandems on the same team this year at the NCAA Division I level.

RECRUITING CLASS RANKED NO. 10
Terry Porter put together a nine-player 2017 recruiting class that one publication has been ranked as the No. 10 in the nation. In his first full recruiting cycle, Porter and his staff were recognized by HoopScoop.com to have the top class in the WCC and No. 2 class nationally among mid-major schools. Three of those newcomers will redshirt the 2017-18 season - Crisshawn Clark due to NCAA transfer rules after coming to Portland from Pitt, Takiula Fahrensohn is coming off of knee surgery, and Hugh Hogland is redshirting to focus on development.