Eastern Washington finally pulls away from Wolves men

Walla Walla University pulls within 24-18 with 8:48 left in the first half before Eastern Washington runs to the 89-61 victory.

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CHENEY — Mark Dunn scored 17 of his career-high 23 points in the first half, carrying Eastern Washington University past NAIA Division II Walla Walla University 89-61 here Tuesday night.


Benny Valentine added 15 points, Glen Dean 12 and Kevin Winford 11 for the Eagles (3-4). Jonny Long led the Wolves (2-9) with 17 points.


Eastern Washington raced to an early 21-8 lead on Valentine’s 3-pointer with 13:15 left in the first half.


Walla Walla climbed within 24-18 on a steal and layup by Gerard Dauphin with 8:48 remaining before the Eagles finally pulled away. Winford’s corner jumper capped a 9-0 burst that pushed the lead to 33-18.


Dauphin finished with 10 points for Walla Walla.


Despite playing without starting center Brandon Moore, out with a sprained ankle, Eastern Washington held a 53-32 rebounding advantage. Alden Gibbs led the Eagles with 15 boards.


Wolves coach Gerry Larson was pleased with his team’s effort despite the lopsided defeat.


"One of our goals is to make more free throws than the other team shoots, and in this game we achieved that," Larson said. "Usually this season, we have been on the other side of that number. But with the type of game we play, that type of stat should fall in our favor."


Walla Walla hit 23-of-34 free throws compared to 14-of-22 for Eastern.


And playing an NCAA school such as Eastern is good for his program, Larson said.


"We want to play a couple of Division II schools and maybe one Division I school every year," the WWU coach said. "It’s a good experience for the kids and it helps with the recruiting. The players enjoy playing in that type of an environment, and it is definitely worthwhile."


Next for Walla Walla will be the Rose City Tournament later this week at Multnomah University in the Portland suburbs.


Walla Walla is matched against Northwest Indian College Thursday at 4 p.m., faces Langara College Friday at 2 p.m. and Columbia Bible College Saturday at 8 p.m.

WALLA WALLA UNIVERSITY (61) — Greenidge 1-5 0-0 2, Spady 2-8 3-3 7, Dauphin 2-4 6-10 10, Moore 1-8 1-2 4, Long 5-6 6-6 17, Alemu 0-2 0-0 0, Gupilan 0-1 0-0 0, Urdahl 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 1-1 0-0 3, Sprenger 0-0 3-4 3, Talton 2-5 2-3 6, Mills 0-0 0-2 0, Edwards 3-7 1-2 8, Veal 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 17-50 23-34 61.
E. WASHINGTON (89) — Griffin 1-3 2-2 4, Dunn 9-12 5-6 23, Dean 5-7 0-1 12, Forbes 2-10 3-4 8, Valentine 5-12 2-2 15, Gibbs 2-7 2-6 6, Gibson 2-4 0-0 4, Winford 5-11 0-1 11, Demissie 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 34-74 14-22 89.
Halftime—E. Washington 50-32. 3-Point Goals—Walla Walla University 4-16 (Lewis 1-1, Long 1-2, Edwards 1-4, Moore 1-5, Greenidge 0-1, Alemu 0-1, Dauphin 0-2), E. Washington 7-27 (Valentine 3-6, Dean 2-4, Winford 1-6, Forbes 1-6, Gibbs 0-1, Gibson 0-2, Demissie 0-2). Fouled Out—Griffin, Talton. Rebounds—Walla Walla University 32 (Spady 7), E. Washington 53 (Gibbs 15). Assists—Walla Walla University 8 (Dauphin 4), E. Washington 28 (Forbes, Valentine 7). Total Fouls—Walla Walla University 21, E. Washington 24. Technical—Dean. A—1,341. nical—Dean.


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