Eastern Oregon Rallies Past Bearcats, 95-88, at Golden Rule Shoot-Out

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

CALDWELL, IDAHO -- Willamette University took a 16-point lead partway through the first half, but Eastern Oregon University rallied for a 95-88 victory, on the second day of the 21st Annual Duane Wolfe Memorial Golden Rule Shoot-Out, Saturday, Nov. 17 at the College of Idaho. Eastern Oregon, which avenged an 84-81 loss to the Bearcats in the Shoot-Out last season, improved to 6-1 overall. Willamette's record went to 1-1.

Mark Carollo scored a game-high 30 points for Eastern Oregon. Kyle Janke added 27 points and seven rebounds for the Mountaineers.

For the Bearcats, Kyler McClary (Jr., Post, Hillsboro, OR/Glencoe HS) tallied 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. In two tournament games, he provided Willamette with 35 points and 15 boards.

Willamette trailed 6-5 after three minutes, but scored the next 13 points for an 18-6 advantage. The Bearcats eventually led, 27-11, with 11:07 remaining in the half.

During Willamette's 22-5 run, the 'Cats hit 10 of 11 field goals (90.9%), including two three-pointers. Meanwhile, Eastern Oregon committed five turnovers and converted 2 of 5 field goals over the same six-minute span.

The Mountaineers put together a comeback, as EOU outscored the Bearcats 23-8 during the next 6:08 to cut the lead to a single point, 35-34, with 4:09 left in the half. EOU tied the scored at 44-44 on a layup by Carollo at the 1:28 mark and claimed a 46-44 lead when Jeremy Templeton sank two free throws with 41 seconds on the clock.

WU tallied the final four points of the half. Simon Currie (Jr., Wing/Post, Bend, OR/Mountain View HS) put through a jumper with 14 seconds to go. Cameron Mitchell (So., Post, Portland, OR/Grant HS/University of Redlands) grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled just before time expired. He made both free throw attempts, giving WU a 48-46 halftime edge.

In the first half, Willamette shot 63.3% (19 of 30), while Eastern connected on 46.7% of its field goals (14 of 30). Over the final 20 minutes, EOU improved to 56.3% (18 of 32) from the field and limited Willamette to 47.1% (16 of 34).

The second half featured five ties and three lead changes. WU and the Mountaineers were tied for the final time at 75-75 after a basket by McClary with 8:30 remaining. Eastern Oregon moved in front on a field goal by Janke at the 7:27 mark and remained in front the rest of the way.

Even so, the Bearcats stayed within striking distance of the Mountaineers. EOU led 83-77 with 5:37 left, but the 'Cats went on a 7-2 run to pull within 85-84 with 3:49 left. Willamette trailed by just two points, 90-88 after a layup by McClary with 2:03 .

Eastern Oregon outscored Willamette 5-0 in the final two minutes. Janke hit the second of two free throws at the 1:55 mark, and Neil Fryer added a layup with 1:17 left, for a 93-88 lead. Mike Smith (Sr., Wing, Talent, OR/Phoenix HS) missed a three-pointer for WU with 1:03 on the clock and McClary was unsuccessful on a three-pointer with 33 seconds to go. Carollo sealed the win with two free throws 10 seconds later.

Carollo was 10 of 16 from the field (4 of 5 on three-pointers). He also canned 6 of 7 free throws. Janke was 11 of 13 from the field and 5 of 8 at the line. The high-scoring tandem also contributed on the boards, as each player earned seven rebounds.

Templeton also reached double figures with 13 points. Paul Carollo led all players with nine rebounds and contributed eight points and four assists for the Mountaineers. Fryer scored nine points and had five assists.

McClary's 22 points led four Bearcats in double figures. Smith finished with 15 points and four assists. Freshman point guard Robbie Kunke (Clackamas, OR/Clackamas HS) tacked on 13 points, seven assists and four rebounds, while hitting 6 of 9 field goals. Tain Cantrell (Jr., Post, Beaverton, OR/Westview HS) chipped in 12 points.

The 'Cats shot 54.7% overall (35 of 64) and had three more field goals than the Mountaineers. Eastern Oregon made one more three-pointer than Willamette and took 16 more free throws. EOU was 22 of 27 at the line (81.5%), while Willamette went 10 of 11 (90.9%) at the charity stripe.

Eastern achieved a 34-28 rebounding margin, including 22-11 over the final 20 minutes. The Mountaineers blocked eight shots and Willamette blocked seven.

In the other Shoot-Out game on Saturday, Danny Reeder hit a 10-foot jumper with 25 seconds left to send Westminster College (Utah) to a 69-68 win over host College of Idaho. Westminster won the tournament with a 2-0 record.

Five players were named to the Shoot-Out All-Tournament team. They were Reeder and Danny Stosich from Westminster, Josh Owen from College of Idaho, Mark Carollo from Eastern Oregon, and McClary from Willamette.

The Bearcats will play two games next weekend at the Flagship Inn Tournament, hosted by Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore. Willamette will take on SOU in the first round of the tournament on Friday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. (PST). WU will face Oregon Institute of Technology on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 5:30 p.m. (PST).

WU's schedule begins with nine consecutive games away from home, including a total of six games in three tournaments. Willamette will play its first home game on Friday, Jan. 4 against Whitman College, in the 'Cats Northwest Conference opener.

BOX SCORE
21st Annual Duane Wolfe Memorial Golden Rule Shoot-Out
Eastern Oregon University 95, Willamette University 88
Kyler McClary scored a total of 35 points in two games at the Golden Rule Shoot-Out.

Kyler McClary scored a total of 35 points in two games at the Golden Rule Shoot-Out.