The University of Portland handed previously undefeated Southern California College its first loss of the season Thursday night, 75-67, in a nonconference game at Portland.
The Vanguards, who had opened the season with 11 straight victories, played without guard Sherwin Durham, who was serving the first game of a five-game suspension because of academic difficulties.
SCC was as close as four points at 71-67 with one minute to play but blew a chance to cut the Pilots' lead to two points when Greg Ward missed a shot. Portland, which had lost five straight after opening the season with eight consecutive wins, then scored the final four points of the game to secure the win.
Pilot forward Darren Jenkins made 9 of 15 field goal attempts and 11 of 13 free throws for a game-high 29 points. Ken Bardsley led the Vanguards with 18.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COLLEGE (67)--Ward 12, Anderson 9, Bruce 6, Aviles 6, McAllister 10, Bardsley 18, Tibbs 6.
PORTLAND (75)--Jenkins 29, Flint 12, Fulton 12, Fundinsland 10, Corbitt 4, Harris 2, Hunt 6.