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EOU’s Tony Eackles scored 14 points in the Mountaineers’ 126-58 victory over Multnomah Friday. BRAD MOSHER - The Observer
Eastern Oregon opened its men’s basketball season with a pair of weekend victories over Multnomah Bible College.
The first win was by a decisive 126-58 margin in their home opener Friday night at Quinn Coliseum.
Trent Roos was the high-point man for the Mountaineers with 19. Roos hit 6 of 13 from the field, with four of those coming from behind the arc.
The Mountaineers had nine out of eleven players score in double digits on the night.
Junior transfer Tony Eackles scored 14 and was two assists and one rebound away from a triple double. E. J. Manley hit for 15 points, while Craig Tucker had 14 and both Derek Maloney and Jason Mumm finished with 12 points apiece. Kalvin Johanson, Kyllian Wood and Robert Barrington each finished with 10 points for the night.
John Buhler had six points, while Michael Crane had four.
The play of the game came with 17:14 to play in the first half. Crane, a transfer from Walla Walla Community College, stole the ball and took flight down the lane and dunked over a Multnomah player.
Multnomah finished with only three offensive rebounds in the entire game, while being outrebounded by EOU by a 71-28 margin.
EOU led at half, 67-26.
The Mountaineers hit 17 threes in the game and shot 51 percent from the field, while holding Multnomah to 30 percent from the field. EOU forced 18 turnovers on the night and out rebounded Multnomah by 43.
Seth Coleman led Multnomah in scoring with 13.
Bryan Cumberland and Austin Hodges both chipped in 10 and had five and four assists, respectively.
EOU strikes again
In Saturday’s game, Eastern Oregon outscored Multnomah Bible College 50-38 in the second half to defeat the Lions (0-2), 109-79.
Roos again led the Mountaineers (2-0) in scoring with 23 points — 18 in the first half. Roos also contributing seven rebounds and four assists. Eackles added 20 points, as well as six assists and five rebounds.
Five more Mountaineers scored in double figures, led by Mumm and Buhler with 13 each.
Manley added 12, while Wood added 10 points.
Crane scored five points, while both Tucker and Barrington added four apiece.
Maloney put in three points and Johanson added two.
Johanson led the team with six blocks in Saturday’s game, twice his number from Friday’s game.
The Mountaineers shot 50 percent from the field, making 40 out of 80.
They also hit 10 for 20 from behind the arc.
Hodges led Multnomah’s offense as he had a game-high 34 points, shooting seven for 15 from the field and was nearly perfect from the free-throw line making 17 out of 18. David Walker added 18 points for the Lions, sinking three out of his seven shots from behind the arc.
The Mountaineers will host New Hope Christian Friday in Quinn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m.
In other Cascade Conference news, Southern Oregon’s Eric Thompson, an honorable mention NAIA All-American as a freshman last season, has been voted the 2012-13 CCC men’s basketball preseason player of the year by the CCC’s 10 head coaches.
Thompson headlines a 15-person preseason All-CCC team that features 13 returnees and two newcomers.