WHITWORTH TRIPS EOU BY 97-43

December 10, 2001 11:00 pm

By The Observer

SPOKANE The Eastern Oregon Mountaineers were never in the game.

The Whitworth Pirates had leads of 16-1, 24-5 and 42-9 Monday night and posted their largest lead, 54 points in the final margin of the non-conference mens basketball game, 97-43.

As well as Whitworth shot from the field in the first half (76 percent), Eastern shot poorly (18 percent). Whitworth had a 20-7 rebounding edge at halftime, when it led 48-15.

Whitworth (5-1) won by its largest margin of victory since setting a school record in a 120-36 win over Northwest in November 1988. Only two years ago, Eastern defeated Whitworth 109-64 at the Lewis-Clark State Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho.

Whitworths Bryan Depew led all players with 19 points and seven rebounds. Gunner Olsen added 15 points and Chase Williams had 10 points for the Pirates.

Eastern (3-2) got 13 points from Trevor Exline, but no other Mountaineer scored more than six.

Eastern opens Cascade Collegiate Conference play at home a week from today against Western Baptist.

EASTERN OREGON (43)

N.Collins 0-3 0-0 0, Exline 6-13 1-2 13, McLean 2-5 0-2 5, Toby 1-4 0-0 1, Neibling 1-4 2-4 4, Hayes 1-5 0-0 3, S.Collins 0-3 2-3 2, Cauffman 1-3 0-0 2, Fox 1-2 0-0 3, Stoddard 0-3 0-0 0, Tankersley 0-0 2-2 2, Miller 0-2 1-2 1, B.Williams 0-4 0-2 0, Hall 1-4 4-4 6, Martin 0-2 0-0 0. Totals: 14-57 12-21 43.

WHITWORTH (97)

Depew 6-8 6-6 19, Jensen 3-4 0-0 8, Olsen 7-10 1-2 15, Avery 1-4 0-0 3, C.Williams 4-6 2-2 10, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Luce 2-3 5-6 9, Meserve 1-2 4-4 7, Bierlink 3-3 0-0 7, Rinaldi 0-1 0-0 0, Jenkin 2-5 0-0 5, Larkin 1-1 2-3 4, Meister 1-2 6-8 8. Totals: 32-50 26-31 97.

Halftime score Whitworth 48, Eastern Oregon 15. Three-pointers Eastern Oregon 3-13 (N.Collins 0-1, Exline 0-1, McLean 1-1, Toby 0-2, Neibling 0-2, Hayes 1-2, S.Collins 0-1, Cauffman 0-1, Fox 1-2), Whitworth 7-18 (Depew 1-2, Jensen 2-3, Avery 1-4, C.Williams 0-2, Meserve 1-2, Bierlink 1-1, Jenkin 1-4). Fouled out None. Total fouls Eastern Oregon 22, Whitworth 19. Technical fouls None. Turnovers Eastern Oregon 16, Whitworth 12. Rebounds Eastern Oregon 28 (Exline 5, Hall 5), Whitworth 41 (Depew 7). Assists Eastern Oregon 7 (Toby 3), Whitworth 25 (Meserve 7).