PENDLETON - Spokane rallied from a 38-31 halftime deficit on Saturday to hand Blue Mountain a 73-71 loss in an NWAACC men's basketball game.

"We kept it close at the end, but we couldn't buy a free throw," BMCC coach Larry Bartee said.

The Timberwolves made just 4 of 15 free throws in the second half after sinking 12 of 15 in the first.

Jacob Swartzendruber, typically one of BMCC's top offensive threats, had an off night shooting, finishing 2 of 16 from the floor. He scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds in the game.

BMCC's Rusty Cottrell led all scorers with 18 points, and joined teammates Justin Nuess (14 points), Kyle Watkins (12) and Zach Johnson (10) in double-figures.

Johnson had a double-double for the T-Wolves, adding 12 boards. Nuess had eight rebounds and five blocks.

The Sasquatch outrebounded the Timberwolves 47-39 and made 12 of 18 free throws in the second half.

BMCC fell to 11-7 overall and 1-3 in the NWAACC with the loss.

Kyle Janke led Spokane with 15 points, and teammate Jordan Hammond added 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Jeremy Mangum had 13 points and dished out six assists.

The Timberwolves travel to Wenatchee Valley on Friday.


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