Mountaineers get off to quick start, cruise past Wolves

Eastern Oregon doesn't waste time, scoring the game's first 19 points, en route to its second win over WWU this season Thursday.

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COLLEGE PLACE — Eastern Oregon wasted little time disposing of Walla Walla University in a men’s collegiate basketball contest here Thursday night.


Six-foot-7 post Jordan Gregg led four Mountaineers in double figures with 25 points and EOU scored the first 19 points of the game while cruising to an 83-55 victory that improved its record to 3-1.


"Everybody was really focused," first-year Eastern Oregon coach Isaac Williams said. "Defensively, everybody was in the correct position, and offensively, we did a good job of taking advantage of our size."


Thursday’s triumph was EOU’s second over the Wolves this season. The Mountaineers rolled to a 105-67 rout on Oct. 27 in Hermiston.
Walla Walla slipped to 2-4 overall with the loss.


Gregg made his presence felt early by scoring nine of EOU’s first 11 points. His last basket in the surge, a short jumper from the low post at the 14:54 mark, gave EOU an 11-0 lead.


The advantage grew to 19-0 on a transition bucket by Cody Thurmond with 12:10 left in the half.


Walla Walla’s first bucket came with 11:47 on the clock — a 3-pointer from the right corner by forward Tristan Edwards, who led the Wolves with 15 points on the night.


"We got some quality shots to start the game, but we just missed them," WWU coach Gerry Larson said. "We can’t let teams jump out on us like that."


Eastern Oregon built a 28-point bulge, 45-17, on Josh Cottle’s layin off a steal with 1:43 remaining before halftime.


The Wolves closed the opening period with eight straight points. A Mark Moore 3 with 27 seconds to go cut the deficit to 20, 45-25, at intermission.
"We got into a little bit of what we’re supposed to be doing," Larson said.


Gerald Dauphin’s layup one minute into the second half sliced two points off the Mountaineers’ halftime spread, but the Wolves would get no closer after that.


Eastern Oregon extended its margin to 29, 70-41, on a baby hook in the lane by Steven Sawyers at the 5:30 mark and claimed its biggest lead of the game, 81-51, on a Thurmond drive 2:32 before the final buzzer.


"We didn’t sustain it (the momentum) the whole night, but in stretches, we were pretty good," Williams said.


Jacques Wilson added 16 points for the Mountaineers, Dan Stafford had 13, and Thurmond chipped in with 12.


Dauphin followed Edwards with 14 points and Moore scored 13 for the Wolves.


Eastern Oregon outrebounded the Wolves, 49-39. Gregg led the way with 12 caroms.


Walla Walla’s next game is Tuesday at Northwest Christian.

EOU (40) — Stafford 4-9 2-2 13, J. Gregg 10-16 5-6 25, Landsverk 0-3 0-0 0, Cottle 1-3 0-0 2, Wilson 4-8 5-6 16, Thurmond 5-7 1-3 12, McCarthy 2-9 0-0 5, Sawyers 2-6 0-0 4, P. Gregg 2-3 2-2 6, Lupfer-Graham 0 0-0 0, Mortenson 0 0-0 0. Totals 30-64 15-19 83.
WWU (82) — Talton 0-3 0-0 0, Dauphin 4-14 5-10 14, Moore 5-14 0-0 13, Long 2-3 0-0 4, Greenidge 0-4 0-0 0, Alemu 0-1 0-0 0, Gupilan 0-2 0-0 0, Urdahl 0-2 0-0 0, Lewis 0-1 0-0 0, Sprenger 0-3 0-0 0, Stimmel 0-0 0-0 0, Spady 2-6 5-8 9, Edwards 5-7 1-1 15, Veal 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-60 11-19 55.

Halftime score — EOU 45, WWU 25. 3-point goals — EOU 8-22 (Stafford 3-6, Wilson 3-6, Thurmond 1-1, McCarthy 1-8, Cottle 0-1), WWU 8-23 (Edwards 4-6, Moore 3-7, Dauphin 1-2, Long 0-1, Gupilan 0-1, Urdahl 0-1, Lewis 0-1, Greenidge 0-2, Sprenger 0-2). Total fouls—EOU 20, WWU 16. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds—EOU 49 (Gregg 12), WWU 39 (Spady 7). Turnovers—EOU 18, WWU 21. Assists—EOU 16 (McCarthy 5), WWU 12 (Dauphin 6).

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