Garson stays perfect vs. NNU, Yotes sweep Mayors' Cup

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NAMPA, Idaho – Weary and wounded, the Crusaders simply ran out of gas. The Northwest Nazarene men’s basketball team put up a valiant fight in their rivalry clash against The College of Idaho, but injuries, a long road trip over the weekend and finals all took a toll on the Crusaders, who saw the Coyotes pull away late for a 79-62 win in the United Heritage Insurance Mayor’s Cup game.

“We just did not have it tonight,” NNU coach Dave Daniels said. “I think the injuries, the travel and the finals took a toll.

“We don’t have depth,” Daniels added, “we just had too many guys with too many minutes.”

NNU (2-7 overall, 1-1 GNAC) came in after opening conference play with a long road trip to face Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings, a successful road trip that garnered the Crusaders a win.

But NNU also suffered an injury on the trip, and played Tuesday’s rivalry game – right in the middle of finals week on the NNU campus - with two starters sideline.

Still, playing seven men deep for the majority of the game, the Crusader put up the fight their fans expect, countering every surge by their Canyon County rivals, the Coyotes (10-4, 1-1 Cascade).

Down 14-4 after a bucket by the Coyotes’ Josh Wilson with 11 minutes, 28 seconds left in the first half, NNU charged back into the game, tying it 22-22 on a Grayson Moore 3-pointer with 5:43 to halftime.

“We didn’t have it at the beginning but we made a nice run,” Daniels said.

But the Crusaders never managed to grab the lead, trailing 40-34 at the break, and 42-34 in the opening seconds of the second half.

NNU charged again, closing to 45-44 down on another Moore 3-pointer with 16:08 to play, and had a shot at the lead, but couldn’t convert.

From there, the Coyotes took control with a 20-5 run capped by a Zach Peterson bucket with 8:27 remaining, icing the win for The College of Idaho who took a 65-49 lead and never looked back.

Demetrius Perkins led five Coyotes in double digits, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Crusaders got a career night from Moore, who had a career-high 22 points, a game-high nine rebounds and matched his career best with three blocks.

Kevin Rima added a stellar game for NNU, scoring 13 points, grabbing seven rebounds and adding three blocks and three steals.

“It was great to see Grayson get going, and Kevin did some great things,” said Daniels, whose team next hosts Walla Walla on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. before getting three weeks to rest and recover before returning to GNAC play on Jan. 4 when NNU hosts Central Washington.