See EWUs Stuckey while you still can
- Jason Vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Sports
On College Hoops
If you love college hoops, mark three days on your calendar -this Saturday, Dec. 15, and Jan. 13. That's when you can catch Rodney Stuckey before he goes pro.
His team, Eastern Washington, plays at Portland on Saturday, at Oregon on Dec. 15 and at Portland State on Jan. 13.
Stuckey, originally recruited by Washington, landed at Eastern because of academics. Last year, he led the nation's freshmen in scoring at 24.2 points per game. This year, he averages 27.8 through eight games while shooting .476 from the floor.
A dynamic scorer and all-around player, the 6-4 guard has led the Eagles in scoring in 35 consecutive games.
nNebraska brings a 5-1 record into Saturday's noon matchup with Oregon in the Papé Jam at the Rose Garden. Oregon (6-0), fresh off its upset of Georgetown, gets to try to stop another big man, 6-11, 270-pound Aleks Maric, an Australian who averages 21 points per game.
The Ducks used Maarty Leunen to stop Georgetown's 7-2 Roy Hibbert. Hibbert and 6-10 Jeff Green combined for only nine points against the active Duck defense.
• Warner Pacific has picked up where it left off. The Knights have started 7-0, a year after winning the Cascade Conference and playing in the NAIA Division II tournament.
Guards Scott O'Gallagher, from Gresham, and Josh Jackson, from Sunset, have been dynamite. O'Gallagher is averaging a league-leading 24.9 points, as well as 6.3 rebounds. Jackson is adding 17 points and shooting .593 from 3-point land.
An addition to the team, Jefferson High's Jalonta Martin, ranks third in the conference in rebounding with 7.4 per game.
There are no seniors on the Knights' roster.
• The defending league champion Warner Pacific women have started 3-5, but they sport the conference's leading scorer in Nicole Brown (19.6 points per game).
• Portland State rallied from 19 points down at halftime to beat Utah Valley State 71-69 on Saturday. The Vikings shot .633 in the second half, Juma Kamara scored 15 of his 18 points after halftime, and PSU won on Dupree Lucas' driving shot with 3.5 seconds left.
The Vikings (5-3) have won five consecutive games at Stott Center. They play host to Pacific Lutheran at 7 p.m. Thursday.