YAKIMA, Wash. — Led by double-doubles from Jared Mathews and Isaiah Harris, the Blue Mountain men’s basketball team shot 55.2 percent from the field in the second half to hold off Yakima Valley 72-70 for its first NWAC East win on Thursday night.
Mathews finished with game-highs of 28 points and 18 rebounds, and Harris added 18 points and 13 rebounds as the Timberwolves (3-10, 1-2 East) enjoyed a 64-33 advantage on the glass.
Mathews and Harris, both sophomores, also led the T-Wolves in shooting efficiency going 13 for 23 (57 percent) and 7 for 12 (58 percent) from the field, respectively.
As a team BMCC shot 45.5 percent for the game and freshman Darien Davis added 13 points on 5-of-11 (45 percent) shooting and six boards. Sophomore La’Quan Hawkins led the team with five assists and chipped in seven points.
Looking to focus on high-percentage shots, BMCC attempted just 10 three-pointers in the game and hit just one of those. The T-Wolves led 35-31 at halftime.
Three Yaks reached double digits in scoring led by 13 points from Jalil Walker. Yakima Valley (7-8, 1-2 East) shot 37.7 percent from the field for the game and neither team was great at the free-throw line where YVCC was 14 for 26 and BMCC went 11 for 23.
Blue Mountain will try for its first back-to-back wins of the season when it hosts Columbia Basin on Saturday at 4 p.m.
YAKIMA VALLEY 71, BLUE MOUNTAIN 66 — At Yakima, Wash., the Yaks used a 45-28 advantage in the second and third quarters to hand the Timberwolves their fifth-straight loss in an NWAC East game played Thursday night.
Blue Mountain (2-8, 0-3 East) kept itself in the game by hitting seven three-pointers, but Yakima Valley (12-3, 3-0) got to the line for 35 free throws and hit 20 — five more than BMCC in a game decided by five points.
Several T-Wolves had strong performances despite the loss with Sydney Wammock notching a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Brook Haringa adding 18 points, six rebounds and three assists. Akira McGee chipped in 11 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Kimberly Munoz had 10 points.
Sammi Blodgett paced the Yaks with 20 points and six assists, and Sequoia Swan added 16 points and six rebounds.
The T-Wolves will host Columbia Basin on Saturday at 2 p.m.