Eugene, Oregon – The UBC Thunderbirds men’s basketball team had its three-game exhibition win streak snapped, losing 76-60 to Northwest Christian University Friday night in Eugene, Oregon. The Beacons play in the NAIA.
Austin Kuemper led Northwest Christian University with a double-double, scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Tonner Jackson was the top scorer for UBC, finishing the night 6-for-7 from the floor for 18 points.
The story of the game for the Thunderbirds was their poor shooting from beyond the arc. UBC went 1-for-12 from three point range.
Getting their legs under them early, the Beacons traded leads with the Thunderbirds four times in the first seven minutes. After UBC tied the game at 23-23 on a Conor Morgan dunk with 6:30 remaining, Northwest Christian University took the lead for good, using a Kuemper jumper to spark an 9-1 run. The Beacons carried a 36-29 lead into the intermission.
The Beacons quickly made it a ten-point lead early in the second half and had stretched the lead to 46-33 when a three-point play by Jordan Jensen-Whyte created a 46-36 Northwest Christian University lead with 16:49 to play. Over the next seven minutes the Northwest Christian defense clamped down, allowing just one field goal as they used a 14-2 run to go ahead by 22 points, 60-38.
The Thunderbirds made things interesting over the final ten minutes, climbing to within 12 points after a 10-0 run, but NCU stabilized and sprinted to the finish line for the victory.
The Thunderbirds will wrap up their exhibition schedule tomorrow night in Portland when they take on Concordia University at 7:30 pm.