ANOTHER OVERTIME? THIS TIME EASTERN MEN PREVAIL 90-85

January 31, 2004 12:00 am
SEVENTH TIME'S A CHARM: The Eastern basketball men have played an entire extra game's worth of overtimes this season, and haven't had the best of luck. However, Friday night they beat Warner Pacific 90-85 in overtime. Here, Eastern's Tony Luper attacks the rack against the Knights. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
SEVENTH TIME'S A CHARM: The Eastern basketball men have played an entire extra game's worth of overtimes this season, and haven't had the best of luck. However, Friday night they beat Warner Pacific 90-85 in overtime. Here, Eastern's Tony Luper attacks the rack against the Knights. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

By Raenelle Kwock

Observer Staff Writer

Five minutes.

The Eastern Oregon men's basketball team has become quite familiar with overtime. The Mountaineers won their first overtime game against Northwest College before losing their next five.

On Friday, they won their second overtime game with a 90-85 victory over Warner Pacific. They improved to 5-7 in the Cascade Collegiate Confe-rence.

"Man, it relieves a lot of pressure over us," Eastern's Larry Smith said.

Smith said the Mountaineers usually play in spurts and did not do that against the Knights.

"We stayed intense the whole game," he said.

For once, it wasn't Eastern going on a big rally at the end of regulation to force the overtime. It was the other way around.

The Mountaineers seemed to be in good shape after Trevor Exline's dunk gave Eastern a 73-65 lead with 3:05 remaining in regulation.

The Knights went on a 7-0 run to cut the Mountaineer lead to 73-72 with 1:10 left. Jeff Eishen's three-point play put the Knights ahead 75-73 with 24 seconds.

Tyree Jones found Exline for a layup tying the game at 75-75 with five seconds left, forcing overtime.

Bryan Rabas' 3-pointer was the first basket in overtime and the Mountaineers did not trail in the extra period, as they outscored the Knights 15-10.

Each time the Knights cut into the lead, the Mountaineers were able to keep their distance.

The Knights cut the deficit to 84-80 with 1:25 remaining in overtime.

A Jones jumper and Rabas' dunk put the Mountaineers up 88-80 with 51 seconds remaining.

"It feels so good," Jones said. "It feels like something is testing us. (This game) tested our hearts," he said.

Exline paced the Mountaineers with 29 points, followed by Rabas' 20, Smith's 16 and Jones' 14. Jones had 12 assists.

Eastern's Konrad Bomberger had nine rebounds and six points. Tony Luper had eight rebounds.

Eishen led the Knights with 27 points and 19 rebounds.

Next up for the Mountaineers (9-9 overall) is a home game against Cascade at 7:30 tonight.

Eastern Coach Art Furman joked Eastern may want another an overtime game because he is getting so used to coaching the the extra period.

EO 90, Warner Pacific 85 (OT)

Warner Pacific (85)

Jeff Huston 3-7 0-2 9, Wesley Powers 4-12 5-7 14, Jeremy Walker 3-14 0-0 8, Joe Hoover 9-19 2-2 23, Jeff Eishen 11-22 5-6 27, Matt Frank 0-2 0-0 0, Kyle Wheeler 1-5 2-2 4. Totals: 31-81 14-19 85.

Eastern Oregon (90)

Trevor Exline 11-16 6-6 29, Larry Smith 6-17 2-2 16, Tony Luper 1-4 0-0 2, Tyree Jones 6-16 0-0 14, Damian Browne 0-1 3-4 3, Bryan Rabas 8-14 0-0 20, Konrad Bomberger 1-4 4-4 6, Jason Crawley, Reagan Gilbertson, Kevin Johnson. Totals: 33-72 15-16 90.

Halftime score — Eastern Oregon 40, Warner Pacific 35. Three-pointers — Warner Pacific 9-32 (Huston 3-7, Powers 1-4, Walker 2-8, Hoover 3-8, Eishen 0-3, Wheeler 0-2), Eastern Oregon 9-24 (Exline 1-2, Smith 2-7, Jones 2-5, Rabas 4-10). Fouled out — Luper. Total fouls — Warner Pacific 18, Eastern Oregon 21. Technical fouls — None. Turnovers — Warner Pacific 9, Eastern Oregon 12. Rebounds — Warner Pacific 47 (Eishen 19), Eastern Oregon 46 (Bomberger 9). Assists — Warner Pacific 21 (Huston 6), Eastern Oregon 23 (Jones 12).

Eastern's overtime adventures this season

Dec. 20 — Eastern 83, Northwest 74

Jan. 2 — Cascade 107, Eastern 98

Jan. 16 — So. Oregon 87, Eastern 85

Jan. 17 — Oregon Tech 107, Eastern 105

Jan. 24 — Evergreen St. 79, Eastern 75

Jan. 27 — Concordia 117, Eastern 107 (3 OT)

Jan. 30 — Eastern 90, Warner Pacific 85