CALDWELL, Idaho — The Eastern Oregon University men’s basketball team saw its season end Saturday night at the hand of rival and top-ranked College of Idaho, 84-57, in the semifinals of the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament.
Eastern hung close during the first 10 minutes of Saturday’s contest before the Yotes took the lead for good on Ricado Time’s 3-pointer during a 19-3 run that ended with C of I ahead 27-13. The run came during a stretch where EOU was held to just one field goal in nine minutes against C of I’s rigid defense.
EOU, which trailed 35-24 at the break, cut the margin to single digits early in the second half, getting as close as 37-30 on a 3-pointer by Max McCullough at the 17:22 mark. Another McCullough triple about two minutes later kept EOU within eight, but the Yotes pulled away over the next nine minutes to take a 77-46 lead with 6:21 to play on Talon Pinckney’s trey, and led by as many as 32 points late.
EOU shot just 35% for the night and was 6-for-20 from 3-point range. The Mountaineers were held to fewer than 60 points for the second time this season — both times on the road at C of I.
Brandon Porter scored 15 points to lead Eastern. Jarek Schetzle added 14 points and even hit a 3-pointer, and McCullough scored 11 points.
Eastern, which loses three seniors to graduation — Schetzle, Landon Jones and Brock Johnson — finishes with a record of 17-14.