Stuvland, Bearcat Bench Lead Willamette to 89-64 Win Over Pioneers

PORTLAND, OR — CJ Stuvland scored 21 points and three players off the bench scored in double figures as the Willamette University men's basketball team beat Lewis & Clark 89-64 in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams at the Pamplin Center Tuesday night.

Willamette is now 3-2 overall, 1-0 NWC. The Pioneers are 1-3, 0-1 NWC.

Brennan Garrelts (15 points, six rebounds, two blocks), Drew Miller (10 points, four rebounds, two blocks) and freshman David Fife (12 points, six boards, three assists), came off the bench to help the Bearcats with a 14-3 second half run that turned an eight-point half-time lead into a comfortable advantage. Stuvland added six rebounds to his game-high 21 points.

The Bearcats took their first lead at 18-17 on a pair of free throws by Josh Erickson, the Bearcat point guard starting his first game of the season. Erickson scored nine points, added three rebounds and three assists.

John Olinger had six points, six rebounds and six assists as the Bearcats shot 53% from the field to 32% for the Pioneers.

Ryan Clayman led L&C with 13 points.

Willamette won the battle of the boards 54-28 as four different Bearcats has six rebounds each. Willamette shot a blazing 64% in the second half, in marked contrast to its two early season losses where the Bearcats lost big half-time leads. Willamette finished 35-65 shooting overall, though they hit only 2-12 3-point shots.

The Bearcats return home to continue NWC play with an 8 p.m. tip-off against Pacific Lutheran University Saturday night at the Cone Field House.