PENDLETON — Ball security — or a lack thereof — proved crucial in the Blue Mountain men’s basketball loss to Edmonds on Saturday in nonconference NWAACC?action.

Twenty-four Blue Mountain turnovers led to 23 Edmonds points as the Tritons held off the Timberwolves for a final score of 84-70.

Edmonds (2-1), turned the ball over just 13 times while shooting 43.2 percent from the field for the game.

Still looking for the their first win of the season under second-year coach Adam Ellis, the T-Wolves (0-3) shot 38.8 percent from the field in the game — including their 5-for-22 from three-point range.

Zach Pederson led five Tritons that scored in double digits with 17 points (7-of-18 shooting) and added a team-high nine rebounds.

Brandon Hoisington led all scorers with 18 points for BMCC and Darius Butler contributed 16 points with a team-high five assists. Dylan Martin led the T-Wolves with 12 rebounds, and Blue Mountain won the battle of the boards 50-41.

Cody Thompson provided a defensive spark off the bench for BMCC and recorded three blocked shots in six and a half minutes of play.

The T-Wolves will look to snap their skid this weekend at the North Idaho Tournament, which will also feature North Idaho College, the North Idaho All-Stars and Willston State.

The T-Wolves open play at the three-day tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on Friday.

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