ASHLAND, Ore. - The No. 22 ranked NU Eagles went into Bob Riehm Arena and knocked off the No. 14 ranked Southern Oregon Raiders tonight, 82-73. What made the victory more satisfying is NU played with eight players in uniform with starter Michael Russo sitting out with an injury.
The Eagles sent the message they were there to compete early as they jumped out to a 12-3 lead with Ryan McIntosh hitting 7 of his game high 23 points in the first four minutes of the game. Michael Greene and Ryan Dornik also converted shots into points to help the Eagles get up early on the Raiders. SOU would slowly creep back into the game and Eic Thompson’s 3 pointer at the 4 minute mark would cut NU’s lead to three, 30-27. Brett Skogstad would answer right back for the Eagles as he would drain the 3 pointer to increase the Eagle lead to six with 3:37 showing on the clock. Thompson would hit another trey from the top of the key with 1:56 remaining in the half to knot the score at 33-all, but Ryan Dornik’s free throw with 7 seconds to go would give NU a narrow, 37-35 advantage at halftime.
The second half would remain close and would see six ties as the teams battled back and forth for the advantage. Tim Webber hit a 3 pointer to put SOU into the lead, 46-45, at the 14 minute mark, but Ryan McIntosh would knock down a trey to tie the game once again to tie the game at 48 with 14:30 to go in the game. With SOU up five, 68-63 (4:22), Michael Greene would score six points in the paint on three straight possessions to put the Eagles up 69-68 with 2;12 showing on the clock. Two Raider free throws would give the lead back to the Raiders, 70-69 with 1:51 to go, but NU would take over from the free throw line hitting 13 of 14 shots down the stretch with Dornik going 8 for 8 and McIntosh knocking down 4 of 4 from the charity stripe.
Northwest U. (17-4, 7-2 CCC) was led by Ryan McIntosh who had the game high for the second night in a row with 23 points. Ryan Dornik and Michael Greene each scored 22 for the Eagles who shot 48% for the game and a blazing 58% in the first half. NU made 21 of 24 free throws for 87.5% and out rebounded the Raiders 33-27.
Said Coach John Van Dyke after the game, “I am so proud of this group, it was a great team win with only eight players tonight. Ryan Dornik was playing sick and did an outstanding job of guarding Kyle Tedder as well as scoring 22 key points for us. Ryan McIntosh filled in for the loss of Michael Russo, who is injured, and Michael Greene had a usual stellar night for us. All of our other guys contributed to this victory. It shows they can overcome adversity and accomplish incredible things as a team.”
Northwest will return to Kirkland but will have to travel again next weekend as they begin the second half of the season when they take on Corban in Salem, Ore., and Northwest Christian in Eugene on Friday and Saturday nights.
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2013 Share on Facebook