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EOU’s Tony Eackles Jr. scored 13 points in the Mountaineers’ 77-60 win over Montana Tech Saturday in the Carroll College Classic in Helena, Mont.
HELENA, Mont. — The Eastern Oregon University men’s basketball team is off to its best start in program history after picking up two more wins this weekend.
The Mountaineers’ 9-0 mark ties the school’s record for the best start in the team’s 82-year history.
EOU defeated Montana Tech 77-60 Saturday in the Carroll College Classic.
The scoring was balanced for the Mountaineers with four players scoring in double digits.
Junior transfer Tony Eackles Jr. and redshirt freshmen Kalvin Johansen led EOU with 13 points apiece, while junior Kyllian Wood and senior Jason Mumm chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.
In the first half the Mountaineers were led by Mumm’s nine points, shooting three of five from behind the arc. Junior transfer Michael Crane chipped in with six points at the half, connecting on two shots from downtown.
The Mountaineers took a 36-29 lead into half shooting 46 percent from the field.
Montana Tech (0-5) was able to keep the game close as it connected on 50 percent of its shots from downtown and shot 11 of 27 from the field.
In the second half the Mountaineers pulled away late in the game behind Wood’s 10-point spurt. Wood came off the bench and connected on four of five shots and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for EOU in 16 minutes of play. The Mountaineers outrebounded the Orediggers 43-38.
Adam Greger led all scorers’ with 16 points and six rebounds. Quinn Smith recorded a double-double on the night with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Eastern will look to set the record for the best start to a season in school history Tuesday at Quinn Coliseum as they take on Walla Walla University.
Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Mounties down Carroll
EOU took on Carroll College (0-4) Friday and came away with the win, 88-84.
Eackles Jr. led Eastern in scoring with 21 points and five rebounds. Teammates Craig Tucker and Anthony Brown contributed with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
As a team the Mountaineers shot 53 percent (14-26) from behind the arc, compared to the Saints’ 42 percent (9-21).
Carroll’s Nick Jones led all scorers with 23 points.