Nine Second-Half Threes Lift Mounties Past Lions

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Eastern Oregon surged in the second half, hitting their first seven three-pointers to secure a hard-fought 73-69 victory over the Multnomah Lions on Friday night.

Garrett Hawkes led the way for the Mountaineers, finishing with a team-high 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. Jonny Hillman also contributed 12 points, including four three-pointers.

Trailing by three points at halftime, Eastern Oregon responded strongly in the second half, outscoring Multnomah 41-34. Despite a strong performance from Neyland Block, who tallied 17 points, the Mountaineers’ defensive effort held the Lions to 15 points below their season average.

Eastern Oregon connected on 13 shots from beyond the arc, 9 of which came in the second half, ultimately proving to be a difference-maker in securing the victory.

With this win, the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers improve to 10-13 overall and 9-8 in the CCC, while Multnomah falls to 9-14 overall and 4-13 in conference play.

The Mountaineers will look to build on this momentum as they prepare for their next challenge against Warner Pacific University. The game is scheduled to tip-off tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. in Quinn Coliseum.

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