KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The fans have spoken and the men’s game between No. 1 ranked Eastern Oregon and our No. 15 Eagles has been voted the NAIA Game of the Week ! Now, we need to pack the Pav tomorrow night and support the team. Recommend you get there early as we have fewer seats in the gym with the new bleachers. Don’t expect to find a seat if you arrive just before game time. We may have to turn people away if it becomes a standing room only crowd.
NU faculty, staff and students get in FREE with ID. There is no pass list for the visiting teams.
Don’t forget about the Eagle women. They take on Eastern Oregon’s women who are ranked No. 5 in the country. Come early and cheer on the young Eagle team.
Game times are 5:30 p.m. for the women and 7:30 p.m. for the men. Friday night is also Two Feet Project Night. The Two Feet Project was founded by former NU men’s basketball player Stephen Ishmael and is aimed at assisting young African teens transitioning from living in an orphanage and into Kenyan society. Stephen actually left for Kenya on Tuesday. Nate Yokers, another NU alum and member of the Two Feet organization will be at the game to talk about the group. Donations will be welcome.
EOU won the earlier meeting between the two teams in LaGrande, 77-63, on December 22, while NU swept the series last season. The two teams have met 36 times with Eastern Oregon holding a 22-14 advantage. EOU is on an eight game win streak after losing to Southern Oregon 72-68 on the road on December 14 while Northwest has won five straight games since dropping a 77-65 contest to No. 6 Warner Pacific at home on January 4. The Eagles were the 2011-12 co-CCC Champions sharing the top spot with Oregon Tech and made it to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II National Championships in Missouri last spring. EOU also made a trip to the NAIA national tournament last season, their fourth straight. Eastern Oregon finished third in the CCC last season with an 11-7 league mark, 19-11 overall while NU was 15-3 in league play and 29-5 for the year.
Eastern Oregon guard, JD Esters, is currently ranked 11th in NAIA Division II in total assists (114) and 10th in assists per game (5.429apg), and he also leads the CCC in assists. 6-3 wing, Tony Eackles Jr., currently leads the CCC in 3-pt field goal percentage (.463). Always strong on the boards, EOU is ranked No. 2 in Division II in total rebounding margin (11.652) and in total offensive rebounds with 1,033 for the season. They are No. 3 in total rebounds per game averaging 44.913rpg. Offensively, the Mountaineers are No. 4 in the NAIA in total 3 point FG made (214).
For Northwest, junior forward Michael Greene is currently ranked No. 2 in the NAIA Division II in field goal percentage averaging .672 per game, No. 8 in total rebounds (206) and No. 9 in offensive rebounds per game (4.391). He leads the team in scoring (18.87ppg), rebounding (8.96repg), assists (2.70apg) and steals (1.52 spg) and is a three-time CCC Player of the Week so far this season. The Eagles are No. 2 in NAIA D-II in total 3 point FG made (217) and No. 4 in 3 point FG made per game (9.435). The Eagles’ second leading scorer, sophomore Michael Russo, is averaging 17.4 ppg and is ranked No. 8 in NAIA D-II in 3 point FG made with 69 treys for the season.
Game time is set for 7:20 p.m. PST with live stats and video streaming available on the NU Athletic web page (www.northwestu.edu/atheltics).
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013 Share on Facebook