SALEM, OR — CJ Stuvland six straight points to give the Bearcats the lead late in the second half as the Willamette University men’s basketball team (3-3) held on to defeat Southern Oregon University, 61-57, in the final game of the John Lewis Classic Saturday night at the Cone Field House.

Stuvland (pictured left) had 17 points to pace all scorers. The junior point guard hit a 3-point shot to tie the game at 49-49 with 6:40 to play, he converted on a lay-up and free throw 32 seconds later to give the Bearcats a 52-49 lead.

Brennan Garrelts (seven points, five rebounds) scored off a perfect feed from John Olinger (10 points, three assists) before an Olinger tip-in gave the Bearcats a seven-point lead.

Southern Oregon (1-4) stormed right back to pull within one on a 3-point shot by Peter Nelson (eight points, three assists) and a three-point play from Brad Coen (eight points, two rebounds).

But the Bearcats hit five of six free throws down the stretch, three by Garrelts and two by Olinger, as the Bearcats held on for the four-point win.

The Bearcats took a 33-29 lead into halftime. Greeley scored ten quick points to give the Bearcats an early 16-14 lead. Drew Miller added all five of his points in the first half and another Garrelts basket on an assist from Olinger gave the bearcats the half-time lead.

Shea Washington (15 points, 13 rebounds) led Southern on a 15-3 run to open the second half as the Raiders took a 44-36 lead. But the Bearcats clawed back to tie the game on Stuvland’s 3-point shot to tie the game at 49-49.

For the game, the Raiders out-rebounded Willamette 40-32. The Bearcats shot 41% for the game to 38% for the Raiders.

Stuvland was the Bearcats representative on the all-tournament team. Shea Washington (SOU), Jeff Dunn (Western Baptist College), Sam Krieger (Linfield) and tournament MVP Eric Fiegi (WBC) complete the all-tournament team at the John Lewis Classic.

Bearcat Coach Gordie James earned his 299th career victory.

The Bearcats have a week off before playing Cascade College next Friday at the Cone Field House.

CJ Stuvland

CJ Stuvland