by: COURTESY OF LARRY LAWSON - MARCUS HALLCollege men's basketball

A title is at stake when Eastern Washington plays at Portland State, 7 p.m., Stott Center.

OK, it's just The Dam Cup, but it's a title nonetheless.

The Dam Cup is a battle between the two schools each school year in five sports (football, women's soccer, volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball).

PSU is seeking its third Dam Cup in the past four years. A victory in Monday's Big Sky game would clinch that, because it would add two points to the Vikings' ledger, giving Portland State the required 11 total. PSU has a 9-4 lead going into tonight's game.

The two men's hoops teams are similar on paper -- both are 3-4 in the conference, PSU is 8-8 overall, EWU is 8-10. Both are coming off victories over Southern Utah -- the Vikings beat the Thunderbirds 67-64 Saturday at Stott, with guard Marcus Hall sinking the go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, and Eastern Washington beat Southern Utah 90-83 Thursday at Cheney, Wash.

Both Hall and PSU have fared well at home, though.

The Viks are 7-3 at Stott this season, and Hall is 22 of 39 (.564) on 3s at home, including 13 of 16 in his past three Stott games.

Eastern Washington is 0-9 on the road this season, and PSU has won the last six meetings at Stott between the teams.

The winner of tonight's game will move into a fifth-place tie with Montana State and Idaho State.

The top seven finishers in the regular season advance to the Big Sky tournament.

Northern Colorado and Weber State are tied for first at 7-1. North Dakota and Northern Arizona are tied for third at 5-3.

Monday's game is the second of four in a row at home for Portland State. Northern Colorado plays here at 7 p.m. Thursday, and North Dakota visits for a 7 p.m. Saturday game.

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