POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – The No. 17-ranked IU Southeast men's basketball team got off to a quick start in the first round of the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament, but the Grenadiers could not withstand a second half rally for Eastern Oregon as they fell 92-90.
Robert Sawyer had 24 points and 10 rebounds in his final collegiate contest. Jamie Johnson had 24 points and Demetrius Stanton added 17.
The Grenadiers (24-8) jumped out to a 21-9 lead and led by as many as 19 in the first half. IU Southeast shot 59 percent in the first half and held the Mountaineers to 38 percent shooting.
IU Southeast led 51-40 at halftime.
In the second half, Eastern Oregon found its shooting stroke and roared back to tie the game at 62 with 12:45 to play.
Eastern Oregon (24-8), which entered the game ranked No. 4 in NAIA Division II with 11.2 three-point field goals made per game, hit 10 three-point field goals in the second half to take the lead. They shot 50 percent from behind-the-arc in the final 20 minutes and 50 percent from the field overall in the second half.
IU Southeast hung with the Mountaineers and had a chance to take the lead with under 30 seconds to play. Robert Sawyer had two good looks underneath the basket but could not get the shots to fall.
After an Eastern Oregon timeout, Kentrell Washington was able to get to the basket and get a layup to go with 1.4 seconds left. A desperation try from Jamie Johnson would not fall and the Mountaineers advanced.
Bryan McGriff had a game-high 33 points for Eastern Oregon, including 25 in the second half.