LAGRANDE, Ore. – Playing their fourth game in six nights, No. 21 Northwest University dropped a 77-63 Cascade Conference game to No. 2 Eastern Oregon tonight in a battle between two ranked teams. It was NU’s first conference loss.
Northwest took an early 12-7 lead as Michael Greene would sink a free throw at the 14:34 mark, but EOU would score five straight to tie the game at 12-all with 13:36 on the clock. With 11:50 remaining, NU’s Michael Greene would drill a jumper to give the Eagles a one point, 16-15, lead. EOU’s Cody Thurmond would end a 6-0 Mountie run with a driving lay-up to put EOU up 21-15 at the 8:48 mark. Eastern would lead 36-30 with 51 seconds to go and NU would make it a 3 point ball game at the half as Nemanja Grujicic would drain a 3 pointer with 30 seconds remaining to end the scoring.
A 16-0 run ten minutes into the second half would break open a close game and give EOU a 71-51 lead punctuated by a Zach Anderson 3 pointer with 6:30 showing on the clock. Brett Skogstad would break the ice for the Eagles as he would sink a trey to make it 71-54 ball game. NU would continue to battle and would go on a 7-0 run to pull to within 11 as Ryan Dornik would hit a jumper at the 2:37 mark, but it wouldn’t be enough as the No. 2 ranked Mountaineers would hold on for the victory, their 17th of the season.
Ryan Dornik would lead Northwest U. (14-3, 4-1 CCC) with 16 points, hitting 6 of 10 shots. Michael Greene fought off the stomach flu and scored 13 points while Nemanja Grujicic stepped up with 10 points for the game. NU managed 43% shooting for the night and hit 42% from beyond the 3 point arc. NU’s leading scorer, Michael Russo was held to 8 points, 12 below his 20 points average.
Eastern Oregon (17-1, 5-1 CCC) was led by Zach Anderson and Anthony Brown who both finished with 19 points. Brown added 14 rebounds to complete a double-double. Trent Roos added 11 points for the Mounties who shot 47.5% on the night and hit 8 of 27 attempts from the 3 point line (30%). EOU won the battle of the rebounds with a 45-24 edge.
Said John Van Dyke, NU head coach following the game, “It was a tough game for us tonight.We fought through some illness and playing our 4th game in 6 days.Overall, we are disappointed we lost, but with some time to rest and recover, we will come back ready for the second half of our season. I’m proud of our guys.”
Northwest will now take a break for the holidays and resume play on January 4 when they host Warner Pacific in Cascade Conference play.
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