Bearcats Unable to Sustain Early Success, as Humboldt State Pulls Away for 95-71 Win

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

ARCATA, CALIF. -- Willamette University hit 8 of 15 three-pointers in the first 16:06 against Humboldt State University on Friday, Dec. 21, but couldn't maintain the scoring pace, as HSU took a six-point halftime lead on its way to a 95-71 win over the Bearcats. The game concluded the first round of play at the Lawrence DeBeni Memorial Tournament on the HSU campus.

Humboldt State, which competes in NCAA Division II, improved to 6-2 on the season. Willamette, which competes in NCAA Division III, dropped to 2-6. Earlier on Friday, Seattle University rallied past Chico State late in the first half, then pulled away for a 95-74 win.

In Willamette's game with the Lumberjacks, the Bearcats held a 27-20 lead with 7:13 left in the opening half, following a 3-pointer by Corey Costantino (Jr., Wing, Ashland, OR/Ashland HS). WU also was in front 30-26, after a 3-pointer from Mike Smith (Sr., Wing, Talent, OR/Phoenix HS) with 3:54 on the clock. HSU closed the opening period with a 12-2 run, as the Lumberjacks took a 38-32 advantage into the intermission.

HSU scored the first five points of the second half, before Ian Mansfield (Sr., Post, Hillsboro, OR/Century HS) put in a basket for Willamette. The Lumberjacks added a 7-0 run for a 50-34 lead.

Later, HSU used an 11-0 run to extend the lead to 70-42 with 10:04 remaining. Willamette cut the lead to 73-56 on a layup by Kyler McClary (Jr., Post, Hillsboro, OR/Glencoe HS) at the 7:29 mark. The Bearcats were unable to get closer the rest of the way.

For Willamette, McClary scored 17 points and was 3 of 6 on three-pointers. Mike Smith chipped in 15 points and was 4 of 8 on three-pointers. Corey Costantino provided 10 points, went 2 for 2 on three-pointers and earned four assists.

Cameron Mitchell (So., Post, Portland, OR/Grant HS/U. of Redlands) contributed six points and seven rebounds. Robbie Kunke (Fr., PG, Clackamas, OR/Clackamas HS) grabbed five rebounds and supplied three assists.

Humboldt State was led by Grayson Moyer, who tallied 18 points on 5-of-5 shooting (2 of 2 on 3-pointers). Moyer also achieved three rebounds and four assists. Ernie Spada added 15 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Devin Peal registered 15 points and five boards.

Cy Vandermeer also reached double figures for HSU. He scored 13 points and hauled down a game-high nine reobunds. Vandermeer also recorded three assists, three steals and one blocked shot.

HSU hit 32 of 563 shots (51%) and went 10 of 21 (48%) from three-point range. Willamette connected on 27 of 54 shots (50%), including 12 of 23 (52%) on three-pointers.

The Lumberjacks gained a huge advantage at the free throw line, sinking 21 of 30 charity shots (70%), while Willamette converted 5 of 7 free throws (71%).

WU was called for 25 fouls (14 in the first half) and committed 23 turnovers. Humboldt State was whistled for 16 fouls and lost the ball 12 times.

Willamette will take on Chico State (Calif.) in the second round of the DeBeni Tournament. Game time on Saturday, Dec. 22 is set for 5:30 p.m. (PST).

Humboldt State University, 95, Willamette University 71