Eastern Washington holds off Northwest 96-87
Cliff Colimon scored 21 points and Laron Griffin added 19 points, 16 rebounds and five assists - all career highs - as Eastern Washington held on for its first win, beating Northwest 96-87 on Thursday night.
Tremayne Johnson had 19 points and nine rebounds and Jeffrey Forbes had 15 points for the Eagles (1-2).
Jordan Call scored 21 points and Tyson Christie 16 for Northwest (3-2), an NAIA school, which trailed by as many as 23 in the second half before rallying within four in the final minute.
Jason Waltman's two foul shots pulled Northwest within 91-87 with 35.8 seconds left, but Forbes hit four straight free throws as Eastern Washington finally pulled away.
Behind Colimon's three 3-pointers, Eastern Washington grabbed a 21-3 lead in the first five minutes. Eastern Washington led 67-44 on Johnson's dunk with 12:47 left.
Eastern Washington committed 22 turnovers.