CHENEY, Wash. (AP) -- Rodney Stuckey scored 18 of his game-high 30 points in the second half and also hit four free throws in the final minute, helping Eastern Washington hold off NAIA Division II Eastern Oregon 90-81 Wednesday night.
Tanner McIntosh scored 21 points and Derek Brown had 20 for Eastern Oregon.Back-to-back dunks by Stuckey and a free throw by Marcus Hinton had given the Eagles (4-3) a 77-56 lead with nine minutes left before the Mountaineers (7-2) stormed back in the nonconference game.Down 83-65, Eastern Oregon took advantage of six consecutive Eastern Washington turnovers to outscore the Eagles 13-1 over the next five minutes to pull within 84-78 with 1:50 left, but the Mountaineers could get no closer.In the first half, Eastern Oregon grabbed its biggest lead, 28-21, on a 3-pointer by Jeremy Templeton, who hit three 3-pointers on his way to 11 first-half points. Stuckey's two free throws with 1:22 left in the first half gave EWU a 39-37 lead and the Eagles never trailed again.Stuckey, who added seven assists and six steals, finished 12 of 12 from the line on his way to leading EWU in scoring for the 34th consecutive game. It was Stuckey's ninth 30-point game in 37 career games. Derek Risper had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Omar Krayem 14 points and Paul Butorac 10 for the Eagles.Templeton added 12 points for Eastern Oregon and teammate Paul Carollo scored 11.