Malley Scores 24 Points as Bearcats Hold Off Stags, 94-86

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University received 24 points from freshman guard Terrell Malley (Portland, OR/Roosevelt HS) and withstood a late rally by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, as the Bearcats defeated the Stags, 94-86, at Cone Field House on Saturday, Nov. 21. Willamette and CMS are both 1-1 on the season.

Willamette University 94
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 86

Willamette led 84-70 with 2:52 remaining, but had to hold off the Stags in the final minute.

CMS pulled within four points, 90-86, on a layup by Chris Blees with 35 seconds left. After Cody Pastorino (Fr., G, Glenn, CA/Willows HS) of WU missed two free throws at the line with 32 seconds left, CMS had a chance to get closer, but Bryant Oberg missed a jump shot with 27 seconds to go.

Taylor Mounts rebounded Oberg's miss to get possession for Willamette. Mounts was fouled and made both free throws for a 92-86 lead. Pastorino added two free throws for the Bearcats with 14 seconds remaining.

Malley's 24 points included 13 of 15 shooting at the free throw line. Marcus Holmes (Jr., G, Seattle, WA/Garfield HS) and Taylor Mounts (So., Post, Kailua, HI/Iolani School) each scored 17 points for the Bearcats, with Mounts adding seven boards and five blocked shots. Cameron Mitchell (Sr., Post, Portland, OR/Grant HS/Univ. of Redlands) scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

For CMS, Chris Blees finished with 32 points, 17 rebounds and five steals. Michael Bagby provided 20 points and Jason Toney added 10 points for the Stags.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps scored the game's first basket on a jumper by Blees, but the Bearcats never trailed the rest of the game. Holmes hit a 3-pointer with 18:34 left in the half to put WU in front 3-2 and start a 10-0 run for the Bearcats. Mounts sank a 3-pointer with 16:39 on the clock to complete the run.

Cameron Mitchell earned a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.Later, the Bearcats led 17-7 after a trifecta by Pastorino with 14:20 remaining in the half. The lead reached 16 points at 31-15 following a layup by Malley at the 7:57 mark. CMS countered with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to eight points, but Willamette tallied the next two baskets. WU owned a 46-35 advantage at halftime.

Willamette continued to maintain a double-digit lead for most of the second half. The Bearcats achieved their largest lead when Malley sank two free throws with 11:13 remaining for a 69-51 margin. WU remained in front by at least 10 points until the Stags started their final run in the last three minutes.

The Bearcats connected on 44.6% of their shots (25 of 56), including 9 of 23 on 3-pointers (39.1%). Willamette also converted 35 of 47 free throws (74.5%).

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps finished the game at 38.0% on field goals (30 of 79). The Stags hit just 5 of 26 three-point attempts (19.2%) and made 21 of 35 free throws (60.0%)

The game featured 58 total fouls plus a technical foul on the CMS bench. CMS was called for 33 of the fouls, while Willamette picked up 25 fouls. Toney and Bagby both fouled out for the Stags and Holmes fouled out for the Bearcats.

Willamette will return to action at the Southern Oregon University Tournament on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28. The 'Cats will take on Southern Oregon on Friday at 8 p.m. (PST) and will play Oregon Institute of Technology on Saturday at 6 p.m. (PST).

Terrell Malley scored 24 points on 5 of 10 field goals and 13 of 15 free throws.

Terrell Malley scored 24 points on 5 of 10 field goals and 13 of 15 free throws.