The Multnomah University Lions took on the 4th team that is a defending National Champion this season in the Northwest Indian College Eagles Saturday afternoon in Bellingham, Washington. The Eagles won the National Indian College Championship last year in South Dakota. Previously the Lions faced OIT (NAIA II), Grace Bible (NCCAA II) and Western Washington (NCAA 2). “I was once told that the key to winning is scheduling, I failed on that one”, said Coach Bickley.
Austin Hodges immediately got the Lions going by scoring 9 points in the first 45 seconds. Hodges nailed three straight bombs to give the Lions an early lead. David Walker added another three and Hodges hit his fourth to help MU score an amazing 28 points in the first 3:30. “After the long drive, it was good to see the quick start” said Bickley. “Austin just really shot it well out of the gate, and he had a lot of pressure on him defensively.” Steve Bustrin and Stevie Sansone scored fast and furious hoops to keep the scoring alive. The Eagles got things going and were able to cut into the deficit before halftime, but the Lions took a 68-63 lead into the half.
The second half was the same pace as both teams went back and forth, but the Eagles never took the lead despite cutting it to two points more than once. Freshman Jordan Paris nailed his first career three pointer midway through the second half to give MU a 5 point lead. NWIC cut the lead to 5 with less than a minute to go, but could get no closer as the Lions pulled away at the free throw line. “This was a talented team we played today, it was real solid road win for our program” said Bickley.
Multnomah had 4 players score 20 or more points, led by Hodges with 26 points. Steve Sansone had 20, Erik Mendoza had 21 and Steve Bustrin had 23. Jordan Paris grabbed 11 rebounds for his 5th straight game with double digit rebounds.
SCORING: Walker – 12, Bustrin – 23, Sansone – 20, Mendoza – 21, Hodges – 26, Kamlade – 4, J. Coleman – 3, Paris - 7