LACK OF FREE THROWS SINKS EOU MEN

December 19, 2002 12:00 am

SALEM — The Eastern Oregon basketball men got 28 points from Tyree Jones, but thanks largely to a scarcity of free throws, they lost their second straight road game Wednesday 88-80 to Western Baptist.

Eastern didn't get a lot of help from the refs. The Mountaineers shot only seven free throws in the game, while Western Baptist shot 31. Mountaineers coach Art Furman thought that stat pretty much spoke for itself.

The loss leaves Eastern 0-2 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play (3-4 overall).

Furman said that Eastern could have played better defensively. Western Baptist shot 51.7 percent from the floor. He did think the team played much better than in a loss Tuesday against Concordia.

"You have to be mentally tough (on the road)," he said. "Our guys showed a good effort. But if you want to win, you gotta show more than effort."

Jones not only scored 28, he led the team with eight rebounds and six assists. Larry Smith hit four three-pointers and scored 15, while Neil Collins scored 14.

Eastern shot well from the three-point arc, hitting 11 out of 25 shots from downtown.

The Warriors were led by Marty Reid, who scored 26.

Eastern plays Saturday in Pocatello against Idaho State. The Mountaineers finally play their first conference home game Jan. 3 against Northwest College.

— Pierre LaBossire

Eastern Oregon (80)

Nate Cauffman 3-7 0-0 7, Tyree Jones 12-19 1-2 28, Neil Collins 6-11 0-1 14, Jason Crawley 1-3 0-0 2, Larry Smith 5-14 1-2 15, Jeremy McLean 2-4 0-0 5, Konrad Bomberger 0-1 0-0 0, Tony Luper 2-5 1-2 5, Jacoby Fox 0-0 0-0 0, Nephi Taitano 2-4 4. Totals: 33-68 3-7 80.

Western Baptist (88)

Adam Collier 3-7 1-2 9, John Hagensen 3-7 3-4 9, Marty Reid 9-17 6-8 26, Eric Fiegi 6-13 5-12 17, Tyson Crumley 3-4 2-3 8, Kenny Stone 1-3 0-1 2, Dan Buhler 1-1 0-0 3, Ben Morris 5-8 2-2 14, Bryan Steed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 31-60 19-31 88.

Halftime score — W. Baptist 46, EOU 37. Three-pointers — EOU 11-25 (Cauffman 1-4, Jones 3-7, Collins 2-3, Crawley 0-2, Smith 4-7, McLean 1-2), W. Baptist 7-21 (Collier 2-5, Hagensen 0-4, Reid 2-6, Stone 0-1, Buhler 1-1, Morris 2-4). Fouled out — EOU, McLean; W. Baptist, none. Total fouls — EOU 22, W. Baptist 13. Technical fouls — EOU, none; W. Baptist, none. Turnovers — EOU 15, W. Baptist 10. Rebounds — EOU 34 (Jones 8), W. Baptist 34 (Crumley 8). Assists — EOU 18 (Jones 6), W. Baptist 10 (Hagensen).