PORTLAND, Ore. - A hot Concordia team handed Northwest University their third straight loss as they fell to the Cavaliers, 79-72, in Cascade Conference play tonight. CU has now won their last 6 out of 7 games.
In the first half, Concordia would take an early 11-10 lead in the first six minutes of play, but NU’s Nemanja Grujicic would score on a driving layup to give the Eagles the lead at 12-11. CU would tie the game twice, but each time Northwest U. would answer to regain the lead. On the fourth tie of the half at 24-all, and 2:08 in the half, the Cavaliers would take the lead on Kory Kirwin’s tip in as they would go on to take a 29-24 lead at the break.
Northwest would have the lead only once early in the second half, 32-31 on Michael Russo’s tip in of a Ryan Dornik miss (18:05), but it would be the Cavaliers lead the remainder of the game as Willy Ligon’s layup would put CU ahead for good with 17:50 to go. NU would be hurt by foul trouble as Nemanja Grujicic and Michael Green would each foul out late in the second half. Brett Skogstad’s 3 pointer would pull NU to within two, 72-70 with 1:08 to go to cap off an 8-0 run by the Eagles, but CU would hit 5 of 8 free throws down the stretch to hold on for the win.
Northwest U. (19-7, 9-5 CCC) got a game high 26 points from Ryan McIntosh (Puyallup, Wash.) and 20 points from sophomore Michael Russo (Sammamish, Wash.). Leading scorer Michael Greene was held to 10 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out in the second half. NU shot 37% on the night and 73% from the free throw line.
Concordia’s (13-10, 7-6 CCC) leading scorer, Adam Herman scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the double-double. Willy Ligon added 18 points and Anthony Holton scored 11 points for the Cavaliers. CU out rebounded Northwest 44-29 and shot 47% for the game.
“It was a tough loss for us tonight,” stated John Van Dyke, Eagle head coach. “We struggled to score in the first half and we dug ourselves a bit of a hole. We battled but came up short. We need to regroup and get ready for Warner Pacific tomorrow.”
Northwest remains in Portland and will face No. 12 Warner Pacific tomorrow night in their final road game of the regular season. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 Share on Facebook