EASTERN MEN GET MUCH-NEEDED WIN

January 26, 2002 12:00 am
LEADING SCORER: Eastern Oregon's Neil Collins had 17 points and 12 rebounds Friday against Northwest. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).
LEADING SCORER: Eastern Oregon's Neil Collins had 17 points and 12 rebounds Friday against Northwest. (The Observer/PAT PERKINS).

By Pat Perkins

Observer Staff Writer

Trevor Exline sank the winning shot, but he gave credit for the win to his teammate.

Neil Collins did a great job tonight, Exline said after the Eastern Oregon Mountaineres broke a 10-game losing streak with a 66-65 Cascade Collegiate Conference victory Friday over the Northwest Eagles. We wouldnt have done it if it werent for him.

Exlines jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining capped his 18-point game at Quinn Coliseum. Collins, however, kept his team in the game in the second half when the Mountaineers went on one of their infamous scoring funks.

We came out pretty flat in that second half, so I was just trying to get the team pumped up, Collins said.

Until Exline hit a game-tying jumper with 1:39 to play, Collins had 10 of his teams previous 11 points.

Northwest (5-14 overall, 2-10 conference) had a 10-0 run to start the second half and give itself a 38-33 lead, but Collins nailed a 3-pointer and then stole the ball and scored on a layup to knot the score again.

Neil played (just) about that whole second half, Eastern coach Art Furman said.

In fact, when Northwest went up 38-33, Furman sent four players from the bench to the scorers table to get ready to enter the game. After Neil Collins five-straight points, an Eastern fast break ended with a Scott Collins behind-the-back pass to Nate Cauffman, who drilled a 3-pointer. Furman recalled his subs, and when they later entered the game, Neil Collins was the only one to stay in.

Northwest led 63-62 with 32 seconds left when the Eagles Dan Bogrand missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw. The rebound went to Neil Collins, and the fast break ended with a 15-foot Cauffman jumper that put Eastern on top.

Northwests Justin Prohn made two free throws to retake the lead, but Scott Collins got the ball to Exline, who dribbled toward the baseline and pulled up with the game-winning jumper.

You know how many times Ive run that through my head on the playgrounds, Exline said. Ive been struggling the last two weeks, and I might miss it next time, but Ill still want the ball.

Exline was 7-for-11 from the field.

Neil Collins had 12 rebounds, and Cauffman added 10 points for Eastern (6-19, 2-10)

Fulford scored 14 points for Northwest, with Prohn and Dan Schneider each scoring 13.

Eastern hosts ninth-ranked Evergreen State tonight.

NORTHWEST (65)

Prohn 2-6 7-10 13, Bull 1-3 1-2 3, Fulford 6-9 0-3 14, Ellis 2-11 3-6 7, Schneider 5-15 2-2 13, Williams 3-6 0-0 7, Bogrand 1-2 2-3 4, Wildeboer 1-2 0-0 2, Swinyard, Krismanudo 1-5 0-0 2, Lynn. Totals: 22-59 15-26 65.

EASTERN OREGON (66)

McLean 1-5 0-0 3, Cauffman 4-8 1-1 10, Toby 0-2 1-2 1, N.Collins 5-14 5-7 17, Williams 0-3 1-3 1, Hayes 1-6 0-0 3, S.Collins 2-8 0-1 6, Exline 7-11 4-6 18, Neibling, Stoddard 3-6 1-2 7, Miller. Totals: 23-63 13-22 66.

Halftime score Eastern Oregon 33, Northwest 28. Three-pointers Northwest 6-22 (Prohn 2-5, Bull 0-1, Fulford 2-4, Schneider 1-5, Williams 1-3, Bogrand 0-1, Krismanudo 0-3), Eastern Oregon 7-22 (McLean 1-3, Cauffman 1-5, Toby 0-2, N.Collins 2-6, Hayes 1-3, S.Collins 2-3). Fouled out Fulford, Toby. Total fouls Northwest 21, Eastern Oregon 20. Technical fouls Toby. Turnovers Northwest 19, Eastern Oregon 21. Rebounds Northwest 42 (Ellis 11), Eastern Oregon 46 (N.Collins 12). Assists Northwest 18 (four with 3), Eastern Oregon 15 (three with 3).

EASTERN WOMEN AVOID BIG UPSET ON THE ROAD

OLYMPIA, Wash. Evergreen State almost pulled out the NAIA upset of the night Friday.

A missed layup at the buzzer kept the Geoducks from knocking off the 18th-ranked Eastern Oregon Mountaineers in a 77-75 Cascade Collegiate Conference loss.

Eastern (15-2 overall, 8-1 league) had to rally from an eight-point halftime deficit and used a huge advantage at the free throw line in the second half to do it.

Evergreens LaTyia Williams missed a layup at the buzzer that would have forced overtime.

The Mountaineers made 22-of-26 free throws in the second half. Brooke Sellards was 12-for-14 from the line and had 28 points for the game.

Julie Coffin added 13 points and Danielle Dianda came off the bench to score 11.

Belqui Guardado led Evergreen State (2-20, 0-9) with six 3-pointers as part of her 24 points.

The Mountaineers next play Northwest today in Kirkland, Wash.

EASTERN OREGON (77)

Haddock 2-7 3-5 9, Cant 1-6 3-4 6, Sellards 7-14 12-14 28, R.Stockman 1-3 0-0 2, Coffin 6-10 1-3 13, LiaBraaten, Kinley 1-1 0-0 2, Epeldi 0-2 2-2 2, Guerra 1-2 2-2 4, Dianda 2-3 7-8 11. Totals: 21-48 30-38 77.

EVERGREEN STATE (75)

Wallman 1-3 2-2 4, Jones 0-3 0-0 0, Guardado 9-13 0-1 24, McCallum 3-4 0-0 6, Williams 3-8 0-0 6, Zompetti 5-13 2-2 12, Woods, Rathke 5-13 5-6 18, Pendergras 1-5 3-4 5, Jablonski 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 27-63 12-15 75.

Halftime score Evergreen State 42, Eastern Oregon 34. Three-pointers Eastern Oregon 5-12 (Haddock 2-5, Cant 1-1, Sellards 2-4, R.Stockman 0-1, Coffin 0-1), Evergreen State 9-16 (Guardado 6-7, Zompetti 0-4, Rathke 3-5). Fouled out Haddock, McCallum, Jablonski. Total fouls Eastern Oregon 20, Evergreen State 27. Technical fouls None. Turnovers Eastern Oregon 23, Evergreen State 16. Rebounds Eastern Oregon 39 (Sellards 7), Evergreen State 32 (Pendergras 7). Assists Eastern Oregon 16 (Cant 4), Evergreen State 14 (Zompetti 5, Rathke 5).