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Home arrow Opinion arrow EASTERN RACKS UP 113 POINTS IN WIN


LOOKING FOR A CUTTER: Eastern Oregon's Bryan Rabas (34) led the Mountaineers with 18 points and four 3-pointers Wednesday. Nine different Mountaineers scored in double figures as Eastern scored its most points in a game since 1999. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
LOOKING FOR A CUTTER: Eastern Oregon's Bryan Rabas (34) led the Mountaineers with 18 points and four 3-pointers Wednesday. Nine different Mountaineers scored in double figures as Eastern scored its most points in a game since 1999. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

By Pierre LaBossire

Observer Staff Writer

Nine Mountaineers scored in double figures as the Eastern Oregon basketball men had their highest-scoring game since 1999 in a 113-87 win over Walla Walla College Wednesday.

Bryan Rabas hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 to lead the way, while Jason Crawley scored 14 to go with his 10 rebounds. Seven other Mountaineers scored either 10 or 11 points apiece.

It was the most points Eastern has scored since the Mountaineers lit up the scoreboard for 109 in 1999 against Whitworth. Eastern shot 53.7 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from 3-point range.

Eastern coach Art Furman said the Mountaineers had a big size advantage over the Wolves.

"In 10 years, that's happened about twice," he said. "That's kind of new for us."

Furman said Walla Walla was a scrappy team that made the Mountaineers work hard for the win.

Furman was pleased with how the bench played and felt this game showed that Eastern has a lot of depth. The Mountaineer reserves scored 49 points.

It was also the first game in nearly two years for Trevor Exline, who ended up scoring 11 points. Exline, a senior, just regained his eligibility for this game after sitting out since the end of the 2001-02 season.

When asked if he had butterflies before the game, Exline replied, "Yeah, they were pretty big. I had them for the first six minutes until I couldn't feel my legs anymore."

Exline said the action was so furious in the first half, his first few minutes of the game were a blur.

"Then I started to settle down. I felt kind of rusty. It took a while to get going."

"You could tell (Exline) was a little nervous, but overall he had a good game," said Furman.

Exline had two big buckets to help keep the Wolves at bay.

Eastern had control most of the time, but undersized Walla Walla kept coming back on the Mountaineers and twice threatened to make a game of it.

Eastern built up a lead of 35-15, but Walla Walla went on a 15-6 run to cut the score to 41-30.

That's when Exline hit his first 3-pointer in nearly two years, followed by another 3-pointer by Rabas to build the lead back to 47-30.

In the second half, Walla Walla came out on fire. The Wolves drilled four quick 3-pointers, including three straight by Ashton Bartlett, cutting the lead to 62-52.

Again, it was Rabas and Exline to the rescue. Rabas had a spectacular dunk that brought the gym down, and Exline scored a bucket to make it 66-52. Walla Walla never seriously threatened again.

Eastern next hosts the Quinn Classic Friday night, taking on San Jose Christian at 8 p.m.

Eastern Oregon 113, Walla Walla 87

Walla Walla (87)

Clinton Bartlett 5-10 5-6 17, Ashton Bartlett 5-12 3-7 16, Mark McEowen 1-8 3-4 5, Corey Murphy 9-12 3-4 24, Alan Krause 5-11 7-9 17, Andy Taylor 1-5 1-1 3, Michael Gayle 0-1 2-2 2, Clay Cuny 1-2 0-0 3, Justin Serns 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 27-63 24-33 87.

Eastern Oregon (113)

Trevor Exline 4-9 2-2 11, Tony Luper 3-6 4-6 10, Tyree Jones 4-8 0-0 11, Jason Crawley 7-11 0-1 14, Bryan Rabas 7-10 0-0 18, Jacoby Fox 2-3 0-0 6, Reagan Gilbertson 0-0 0-0 0, Seth Pennington 0-1 2-2 2, Damian Browne 4-9 1-2 10, Brock Canady 5-11 0-0 10, Konrad Bomberger 5-8 1-1 11, Kevin Johnson 3-6 2-2 10. Totals: 44-82 12-16 113.

Halftime score — EOU 55, WW 38. Three-pointers — WW 9-22 (Clinton Bartlett 2-4, Ashton Bartlett 3-7, McEowen 0-1, Murphy 3-3, Krause 0-2, Taylor 0-1, Gayle 0-1, Cuny 1-2, Serns 0-1), EOU 13-29 (Exline 1-2, Jones 3-7, Crawley 0-1, Rabas 4-6, Fox 2-3, Pennington 0-1, Browne 1-3, Canady 0-1, Johnson 2-5.) Fouled out — Serns. Total fouls — WW 19, EOU 28, Technical fouls — none. Turnovers —WW 20, EOU 21. Rebounds —WW 28 (Krause 9), EOU 53 (Crawley 10). Assists — WW 13 (Krause 5), EOU 28 (Jones 10).

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