MOSES LAKE, Wash. — Big Bend crashed the boards and used a plethora of extra chances to take down Blue Mountain 79-66 on Saturday in NWAC East men’s basketball.
The Vikings (10-5, 2-0 East) used a 50-36 advantage in rebounds to score 21 second-chance points in the game while the Timberwolves (2-10, 0-2) totaled just nine in the category.
Jacob McCord was a force for Big Bend and finished with 24 points and 21 rebounds while also turning in three assists, three steals and two blocks.
Joey Andrews also had a double-double for the Vikings with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Big Bend shot 41.2 percent (28-68) from the field.
Jared Mathews led the way for Blue Mountain with a double-double of his own, and went for a team-high 19 points and 13 rebounds. La’Quan Hawkins added 17 points and three assists, and Isaiah Harris had 11 points and four steals and as a team BMCC shot 37.9 percent (25-66).
The T-Wolves will play at Yakima Valley on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
EASTERN OREGON 91, MULTNOMAH 71 — At La Grande, the Mountaineers shot 50 percent from the field to win 10th game in a row on Saturday in Cascade Collegiate Conference action.
Bryan McGriff led first-place Eastern (15-2, 8-0 CCC) with 28 points and 12 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season, and Kentrell Washington added 16 points, three assists and two steals.
Eastern shot 65.6 percent from the field in the first half to lead 48-25 at halftime and blocked seven shots in the game.
Eastern plays at second-place Oregon Tech on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
BIG BEND 72, BLUE MOUNTAIN 69, OT — At Moses Lake, Wash., the Vikings came from behind in the second half and did just enough in overtime to keep the Timberwolves hunting for their first league win on Saturday.
Big Bend (10-5, 2-0 East) used it defense and strong free throw shooting to erase a 40-33 halftime deficit with a big third quarter. Regulation ended with the score tied 65-65.
The Vikings went 26-of-39 at the free throw line in the game as BMCC (0-2, 2-7) was whistled for 29 fouls. The T-Wolves also turned the ball over 29 times as BBCC came away with 20 steals.
Sunnie Martinez and Hailey Garrity each scored 16 points to pace Big Bend.
Freshman guard Akira McGee had a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the T-Wolves, and Miah Slater added 13 points and seven rebounds.
Blue Mountain will play at Yakima Valley on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
EASTERN OREGON 85, MULTNOMAH 49 — At La Grande, Eastern Oregon shot 40 percent beyond the 3-point line and got 52 points from its bench for a Cascade Collegiate Confernce rout on Saturday.
Darian Gasseling helped lead the first-place Mountaineers (15-2, 8-0 CCC) to their 10th straight win with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. Khadija Neumeyer added 11 points, and four more had nine apiece.
Next up is a road game on Friday at Oregon Tech that tips off at 5:30 p.m.