COLLEGE BASKETBALL - Wolves men show improvement, fall to Northern New Mexico

Advertisement

COLLEGE PLACE - Walla Walla University's men outscored Northern New Mexico 41-40 in the second half, but couldn't overcome a 45-37 halftime deficit in an 85-78 loss at the Hoops Classic here Sunday.

"We had a couple lapses, but we took care of the ball better than we have all year," WWU coach Gerry Larson said. "They are a pressing team, so for us to cut our turnovers in half (13) was great.

"Our shot selection and shooting percentage was not good," he said. "Between our free-throw percentage (13-of-23) and first-half field goal percentage (32 percent), we couldn't make up the difference."

Uriel Gupilan and Andrew Bailey led the Wolves with 14 points apiece, with Tristan Greenidge putting up 13, Bryce Doherty 12 and Josh Henderson 11.

The big loss for WWU was an anterior cruciate ligament injury to backup point guard Teddy Alemu Friday, which ends his season, Larson said.

The Wolves play at Whitman at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Northern New Mexico 85, WWU 78

NNM (85) - Caetano 3-10 2-2 9, Martinez 3-6 0-0 9, Wade 3-5 1-2 7, Watson 5-6 2-2 13, Eldridge 1-2 0-0 2, Rivas 8-18 4-4 23, Jones 1-1 0-0 2, Molina 1-3 3-4 6, Nelson 1-3 1-6 3, Fields 0-0 0-0 0, Thomas 3-5 0-2 6, Alvarado 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 31-63 13-22 .

WWU (78) - Gupilan 5-12 3-4 14, Doherty 5-15 1-3 12, Stimmel 2-4 1-2 6, Greenidge 5-15 3-7 13, Bailey 5-8 4-5 14, Lewis 1-3 0-0 3, Abdul-Karim 1-7 0-0 2, Henderson 4-11 1-2 11, Creasey 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 29-77 13-23 78.

Halftime score - NNM 45, WWU 37. 3-point goals - NNM 10 (Caetano, Martinez 3, Watson, Rivas 3, Molina, Alvarado), WWU 7 (Gupilan, Doherty, Stimmel, Lewis, Henderson 2, Creasey). Total fouls - NNM 19, WWU 18. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - NNM 36 (Wade 7), WWU 41 (Bailey 10). Turnovers - NNM 14, WWU 13. Assists - NNM 8 (Caetano 2, Watson 2), WWU 15 (Doherty 4).

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment

Click here to sign in