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Stanojevic lights up scoreboard, lifts E. Washington over Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. - Milan Stanojevic scored 17 points, all in the first half, and Benny Valentine had 15, most of them late in the game, to lead Eastern Washington to a 63-58 victory over University of Portland Wednesday night.

The Eagles (5-2) led the entire way until Jared Stohl hit a 3-pointer to put the Pilots (4-2) ahead 43-42 with 12:30 left.

But down the stretch, the 5-foot-7 Valentine repeatedly slashed his way through the Portland defense. Valentine's inside basket gave Eastern Washington a 50-49 lead with 6:15 remaining, and he added another 10 points during the next five minutes to lift the Eagles to a road victory.

Robin Smeulders led Portland with 18 points, but he was the only Pilots player in double figures.

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