Bearcats Fall to Eastern Oregon at Golden Rule Shootout, 98-81

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

CALDWELL, IDAHO -- Eastern Oregon University downed Willamette University, 98-81, in the second round of the Duane Wolfe Memorial Golden Rule Shootout at the College of Idaho on Saturday, Nov. 22. The Mountaineers upped their record to 5-1 with the win, while the Bearcats fell to 0-2 on the season.

Paul Carollo was Eastern Oregon's top scorer with 20 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Cameron Mitchell (Jr., Post, Portland, OR/Grant HS/University of Redlands) of Willamette led all scorers with 21 points and also hauled down 14 rebounds.

Mitchell scored 23 points against College of Idaho on Friday, Nov. 21, and now has 44 points in two games (22.0 avg.). Last year, Mitchell contributed 11.0 points per game in his first season with the Bearcats.

Against Eastern Oregon, the Bearcats also received 20 points from Corey Costantino (Sr., Wing, Ashland, OR/Ashland HS). Robbie Kunke (So., PG, Clackamas, OR/Clackamas HS) scored 11 points, while Kyler McClary (Sr., Post, Hillsboro, OR/Glencoe HS) contributed 10 points.

Carollo's 20 points led the Mountaineers. Kris Groce provided Eastern with 19 points on 8 of 11 shooting, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers. All five EOU starters finished in double figures.

The Mountaineers built a 25-14 advantage in the first 9:15 of the game. Over the next eight minutes the lead stayed mostly between eight and 10 points. Eastern Oregon was in front 38-28 with 3:08 on the clock.

Willamette went on a 9-3 run to cut the margin to four points, 41-37. Mitchell completed the run by hitting a layup and a foul shot with 13 seconds left in the period. The Bearcats picked up their seventh foul in final seconds of the half and Beau Azadganian of EOU sank two free throws to give the Mountaineers a 43-37 lead.

McClary scored a basket for WU to open the second half, but Eastern answered with a jumper by Josh Landsverk and a 3-pointer by Jeremy Templeton for a 48-39 edge. The next basket went to Willamette on a layup by Costantino, but the 'Cats were unable to get closer the rest of the way.

Eastern led by 65-53 with 10:25 remaining, then started a 13-3 run for a 78-56 lead with 6:57 remaining. The run featured two 3-pointers by Groce and one trifecta by Templeton.

Willamette shot 53.8% (14 of 26) from the field during the first half, but dropped off to 39.5% (15 of 38) over the final 20 minutes. EOU connected on 51.6% of its shots in the opening stanza (16 of 31) and was successful at a 67.7% rate in the second half (21 of 31).

Both squads shot well from the new 3-point line. Eastern Oregon was 9 of 19 on long-range shots (47.4%), while Willamette finished 8 of 20 (40.0%) behind the arc. The Mountaineers earned a 34-29 margin on the glass, but committed 20 turnovers, compared with 17 miscues by the 'Cats.

In Saturday's other second round game, Westminster College (Utah) defeated host College of Idaho, 81-71, to win the tournament at 2-0. Westminster downed Eastern Oregon, 78-67, in the first round.

Five athletes were chosen for the All-Tournament Team. They were Groce from EOU, Mitchell from Willamette, Craig McGee from the College of Idaho, and Westminster players Jordan Jacobs and Geoff Payne.

Willamette will play at the David Wells Tournament, co-hosted by Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, next weekend in Claremont, Calif. The Bearcats will take on CMS in the first round of the event on Friday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. (PST). Pomona-Pitzer will be WU's opponent on Saturday, Nov. 29, also at 7:30 p.m.

BOX SCORE
Eastern Oregon University 98
Willamette University 81
(Duane Wolfe Memorial
Golden Rule Shootout)
In two games at the Golden Rule Shootout, Cameron Mitchell scored 44 points and had 27 rebounds. He was named to the All-Tournament Meet.

In two games at the Golden Rule Shootout, Cameron Mitchell scored 44 points and had 27 rebounds. He was named to the All-Tournament Meet.