CALDWELL, Idaho – Michael Russo drilled a go-ahead three-pointer with 25 seconds to play, helping Northwest University top The College of Idaho, 76-71, inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center. The Eagles outscored C of I 19-7 in the final 6:55 to seal the come-from-behind victory.
The Coyotes took a 64-57 lead with seven minutes left on a Duncan Koga three, but the No. 21 ranked Eagles scored nine straight points to regain the lead. C of I’s Taylor Pruett tied the score at 66-66 with a baseline jumper, with the lead extending to 71-68 on a pair of free throws from Sydney Donaldson, but NU’s defense would hold them scoreless the remaining 2:01 of the game. Michael Greene pulled NU to within a point with a driving lay-up and following a defensive stop, the Eagles found Russo alone in the right corner, hitting his fifth three of the game. Michael Greene clinched the game with one second remaining following a Yote turnover to help NU earn their 14th win of the season.
Russo (Sammamish, Wash.) and Michael Greene (Bellingham, Wash.) each had 20 points to tie for game high honors for No. 21 Northwest U. (14-2, 4-0 CCC). Russo and Greene combined for 12 for 19 shooting for 63%. Ryan McIntosh (Puyallup, Wash.) came off the bench to add another 14, hitting 4 of 5 three pointers for the Eagles who shot 71% from behind the 3 point arc tonight. NU shot 57% for the game and out rebounded C of I, 40-29. It marked Northwest’s 8th straight victory over C of I.
Rodney Delgardo led the College of Idaho (6-8, 2-3 CCC) with a team high 18 points and Taylor Pruett added 14 points for the Yotes who shot 42% on the night (29-69).
“It was a great win on the road,” commented NU coach, John Van Dyke. “They are a very aggressive team and I thought our guys showed a lot of poise. I was proud of how we stayed with the plan and saw it through to the very end tonight.”
Northwest U. now travels to LaGrande, Ore., to play No. 2 ranked Eastern Oregon tomorrow night in a key CCC game at 7:30 p.m. before returning to Kirkland.
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