KIRKLAND, Wash. – The No. 21 ranked NU Eagles rebounded from Friday night’s loss to No. 14 Warner Pacific with a 78-65 victory over Concordia tonight in Cascade Conference play.
Concordia would lead only once in the game tonight as Robbie Jackson would drill a 3 pointer to open the game to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead. NU would then outscore CU 8-0 as Michael Greene would score in the paint and Michael Russo would hit two consecutive 3 pointers to put the Eagles in front 8-3. Northwest would lead the remainder of the contest. NU’s Brett Skogstad would drop a trey with 14:53 on the clock to increase the Eagle lead to 11 at 19-8, but Kory Kirwin would hit a jumper to complete a 5-0 CU run to make it a 19-13 ball game with 12:37 remaining in the half. Northwest would then go on an 8-2 run as Greene’s jumper would increase their lead to 27-15 with 9 minutes left in the half. NU would grow their lead to 15 as Ryan McIntosh would hit another 3 pointer and Greene would get into the paint once again to make it a 17 point lead, 39-22, with 1:59 on the clock. Concordia’s Kory Kirwin would tip in Willy Ligon’s miss with 9 seconds to go as Northwest would take a 39-24 lead heading into the locker room.
Northwest would maintain their lead the entire second half as Concordia would manage to close to within 10 points, 67-57 with 2:31 left in the game but NU would go 9 for 13 from the free throw line to close out their 15th victory of the season.
Northwest (15-4, 5-2 CCC) was led by Michael Greene’s (Bellingham, Wash.) game high 20 points, 13 rebounds, his 8th double-double of the season. Michael Russo (Sammamish, Wash.) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Ryan McIntosh (Puyallup, Wash.) 11 points; Ryan Dornik (Vancouver, Wash.) and Brett Skogstad (Allyn, Wash.) 10 points each to round out the scoring. Northwest held a 46-36 rebounding margin and shot 42% for the game.
Concordia’s (7-9, 2-5 CCC) leading scorer, Adam Herman, scored 19 points and added 8 rebounds. Robbie Jackson (Woodinville, Wash.) contributed 10 points while Willy Ligon and Kory Kirwin each scored 8 points for the Cavaliers. Concordia hit 24 of 61 from the floor for 40% shooting on the night and made 12 of 18 free throws for 67%.
Said John Van Dyke following the game, “I thought we played a very good game tonight and I was proud of the ownership of the team our players showed tonight. I thought we made some real improvements. It wasn’t one of our best shooting efforts tonight, but we rebounded well and played solid defensively.”
Posted on Saturday, January 5, 2013 Share on Facebook