November 9, 2010

Eastern Officially Opens Season at Home

Dealing with preseason injuries for the second-straight season, Eagles play San Jose State Friday at 5:35 p.m. at Reese Court

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Upcoming Games

EWU vs. San Jose State
Friday, Nov. 12 - 5:35 p.m.
Reese Court - Cheney Wash.

EWU at Washington
Tuesday, Nov. 16 - 7:05 p.m.
Bank of America Arena - Seattle, Wash.  

Coverage

TV: (EWU at UW) Regionally on Fox Sports Net
Radio: (all EWU games) 700 ESPN "The Ticket" and http://www.espnnorthwest.com
Webcasts (All home games and all Big Sky Conference games): http://www.bigskytv.org
Live Stats: (EWU home games)  http://web.ewu.edu/groups/athletics/mbasketball/mblivestats/xlive.htm 


The preseason is way too short as far as the injury-riddled Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team is concerned.

But ready or not, Eastern officially opens the season at home on Friday, Nov. 12 against San Jose State at 5:35 p.m. at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. Eastern’s women’s team follows with a game against Cal State Fullerton at approximately 7:30 p.m. as part of a Reese Court doubleheader. Season ticket and single game ticket information is available at www.goeags.com.

The radio broadcast of the all Eastern games game may be heard on 700-AM ESPN “The Ticket” and via the web at www.espnnorthwest.com, with veteran play-by-play broadcaster Dennis Patchin calling the action. All home games and other Big Sky Conference games may also be viewed free of charge at www.bigskytv.org.

Eastern’s exhibition games were challenging, and the Eagles came away winless as they try to piecemeal together a team from its 15-man roster that has had nine players miss games or practice time already -- eight because of injuries.

Playing two very talented NCAA Division II teams from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Eastern fell 87-82 to Seattle Pacific on Nov. 2 and 66-60 to Montana State-Billings six days later. Seattle Pacific went on to defeat Nevada 84-81 in another exhibition game, while MSUB fell at Idaho State 92-79 on Nov. 2.

Preseason injuries have hit the Eagles hard for the second-straight season, but this year it has impacted a specific position even more than the team’s overall depth. The team’s two point guards -- Glen Dean (stress fracture in his foot) and Cliff Colimon (ankle sprain) -- have forced the job onto the shoulders of a trio of Eagles.

“We have the philosophy to coach the guys that are out there, but that’s become pretty hard,” admitted Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine. “To be perfectly honest, it’s been really hard the last two weeks. In practice we don’t have a point guard running either team.”

Earlywine isn’t counting on either player being available for the opener against the Spartans, who were 14-17 a year ago and 6-10 in the Western Athletic Conference. After further evaluation on Nov. 9, Earlywine said Dean will be out approximately two more weeks but then should be 100 percent. Colimon, a transfer from Eastern Utah Junior College who logged 37 minutes and scored 19 points in EWU’s first exhibition game, is very doubtful for Friday according to Earlywine.

Guards Kevin Winford and Jeffrey Forbes are the replacements, as well as athletic 6-foot-7 forward Tremayne Johnson.

“If Cliff is not available, we have to continue to work with Kevin, Jeffrey and Tremayne at the point,” explained Earlywine. “There is no guarantee we are going to have one by Friday night. So if that’s going to be the case, we have a lot of work to do.”

The lack of an experienced point guard was particularly noticeable against the Yellowjackets as Eastern had only four assists and made just 15-of-60 shots from the field.

 “Our whole team has to learn to play without a point guard,” said Earlywine. “We did some things better offensively in the second half (against MSUB) -- we had more good shots in the second half than we did the first half. We missed a lot of shots at the front of the rim, but we had better shots.”

Earlywine was encouraged by his team’s improvement defensively, having allowed 27 fewer points against MSU-Billings than it had against the Falcons. Seattle Pacific made 62 percent of its shots from the field compared to 43 percent for the Yellowjackets.

“I thought we were better defensively than we were a week ago,” praised Earlywine. “After the game against Seattle Pacific, we obviously needed to get better defensively.”

Following Friday’s game, Eastern plays at nationally-ranked Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 16 in Seattle. The game tips-off at 7:05 p.m. and will be broadcast live regionally on Fox Sports Net. The Huskies, who were 26-10 overall and 11-7 in the Pacific 10 Conference a year ago, are picked to win the league title this year. In preseason polls, Washington was ranked 18th by Associated Press and 17th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. Gonzaga, Eastern’s opponent on Nov. 30 in Seattle, is 12th in both.

 

Coaches Shows Resume Dec. 6: Eagle Coaches Shows at Northern Quest Casino and Resort will feature head men’s basketball coach Kirk Earlywine and play-by-play announcer Dennis Patchin during the 2010-11 season.

Shows begin at 6 p.m. and take place Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 before taking a break for the holidays. They resume on Jan. 3 and continue through the end of the season.

The show will take place live from Northern Quest in the former broadcast room adjacent to the Q Sports Bar and Restaurant.  Fans will be able to order food and beverages and listen to the show from that location, as well as watch Monday Night Football and other sporting events.

The show is aired on 700-AM ESPN “The Ticket” and via the internet at www.espnnorthwest.com.

Northern Quest is located at 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights.  From downtown Spokane, take exit 277 off I-90 and follow Highway 2 for 4.4 miles, then turn right on Hayford Road and follow for 1.0 miles. From Cheney, take exit 272 off I-90 and follow WA-902 toward Medical Lake for just 0.3 miles. Take a right on Geiger Blvd., followed by a quick left on Hayford Road and follow for 4.4 miles.

Note: Because of construction on Hayford Road that should be concluded soon, there is a detour via McFarlane Road to Garfield Road (west of Hayford) to Highway 2. An alternate route from Cheney prior to the conclusion of construction is to take the Medical Lake-Four Lakes road (off Highway 904 in Four Lakes) to Craig Road, and then take a right on Highway 2, followed by a left on Hayford Road.

Links:
Eastern Basketball -- http://goeags.com/sports/m-baskbl/index
Big Sky Conference Basketball -- http://www.bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?tab=basketball&path=mbball
NCAA Basketball -- http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-baskbl/ncaa-m-baskbl-body.html
ESPN College Scoreboard -- http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/scoreboard
Rodney Stuckey NBA Page -- http://www.nba.com/playerfile/rodney_stuckey/index.html
More Information and Links are Available at: HTTP://WWW.GOEAGS.COM

Recent EWU Men’s Basketball Headlines . . .
November 8, 2010 - Eastern Falls to Montana State-Billings 66-60
November 5, 2010 - Eagles Should Have More Firepower Available Monday
November 2, 2010 - Shorthanded Eagles Fall to Seattle Pacific 87-82
October 29, 2010 - SEASON OUTLOOK: Returning Guards Key to Eastern’s Big Sky Hopes

 

SEASON NOTES

For Second-Straight Season, Eagles Spend First Month Dealing with Injuries: Eastern got off to a rocky start on the injury front when practices started in mid-October for the 2010-11 season. Just a few days into practice, Eastern lost 2009-10 Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year Glen Dean indefinitely due to a stress fracture in his foot. Dean averaged 12.2 points and 4.4 assists a year ago, and has a redshirt year available if needed. After further evaluation on Nov. 9, Earlywine said Dean will be out two more weeks but then should be 100 percent for the rest of the season.

Early practices sidelined true freshman Geoffrey Allen, and he was feared lost for the season with what was thought to be a broken hand. But once swelling and bruising subsided, the injury wasn’t as severe as first thought and Earlywine said he should return to practice on Nov. 10 in preparation for the regular season. The son of former UCLA and NBA standout Lucius Allen, he is from Los Angeles, Calif., and is a 2010 graduate of Pacific Hills High School

Also, freshman Carter Warnock missed two weeks with a severe case of pink eye, and did not play in EWU’s exhibition opener versus Seattle Pacific. Point guard Cliff Colimon missed the second exhibition with a sprained ankle suffered on Nov. 7, and he is doubtful to return for the season opener against San Jose. Freshman walk-on redshirt Sean Fischer is still out with a cartilage tear in his shoulder and has yet to make his first appearance in an Eagle uniform.

Actually, the rash of injuries started the week prior to practices starting when men’s basketball athletic trainer Donald Sims suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, then assistant coach Jamie Matthews spent time in the hospital with a staph infection near his eye.

Besides injuries in early practices to Dean and Allen, returnee Laron Griffin and Colimon both suffered minor injuries within seconds of each other during the same drill. Griffin took an elbow to his head and Colimon was poked in the eye. Newcomer Rashano McRae suffered from back spasms in the opening practices.

Also, newcomer Willie Hankins has yet to be cleared to practice by the NCAA Clearinghouse, thinning further Earlywine’s roster. At one point after the first weekend of practices, Earlywine remarked, “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.”

A year ago, the Eagles spent the first month of the season dealing with injuries to five Eagles -- Gary Gibson (knees), Brandon Moore (foot and ankle), Abebe Demissie (hamstring), Kevin Winford (concussion) and Matthew Brunell (ankle). The missed time impacted Eastern not only in games, but in practice.

“We’ve already had a season’s worth of bad luck,” said Earlywine a year ago before Eastern’s league opener on Dec. 5. “Hopefully we’re close to being through it and we don’t have any more. It’s been hard, and it’s been hard because you can’t practice effectively.”

Brunell and Winford suffered their injuries in the second game of the season, and Moore missed the Walla Walla game and parts of another with a sprained ankle. Moore also missed much of the preseason because of a foot injury that required minor surgery. Brunell missed five full games and parts of two others; Gibson missed six games; and Winford missed two.

Brunell continued to be bothered by his injury, and then missed Eastern’s game against Sacramento State with an injury to his other ankle. Another sprained ankle, this time by starter Alden Gibbs, kept him out of four games from Jan. 15 to Jan. 23.

 

Eagles Receiving High Marks Academically: Eastern has a high-achieving team academically, with a team grade point average of over 3.0 in each term a year ago. Glen Dean, Jeffrey Forbes and Kevin Winford were all selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team and all three have current GPAs of 3.23 and above. They are joined by several other recruits with impressive academic credentials, including a 4.0 high school GPA by Carter Warnock and 3.5 and above accumulative GPAs for Jaylen Henry and Geoffrey Allen. Cliff Ederaine expects to major in pre-med in hopes of becoming a doctor.

“That’s an overlying theme with this year’s incoming class of high school players and several others,” said head coach Kirk Earlywine. “Three of our incoming freshmen are 3.5 students or higher, they come from good families and they are high-character kids. We want student-athletes who want to get a degree and are also good basketball players, and many of our student-athletes fall into those categories.”

 

Eagles May Be The Least Experienced Team in NCAA Division I: Eastern has no seniors on its 2010-11 roster, and features a quartet of returning letter winners from last year's team that finished 9-21 overall and 5-11 in the Big Sky Conference. In preliminary results from a recent survey of NCAA Division I teams, no other school has less NCAA Division I experience than the Eagles, whose four returnees have lettered one year each.

 

Pair of Eagles Return to Puget Sound: Eagles Glen Dean and Jeffrey Forbes will return to the Puget Sound area when Eastern plays at Washington on Nov. 16 and again on Jan. 6 when the Eagles play at Seattle.

Dean is a 2008 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Seattle, and Forbes is a 2009 graduate of Federal Way (Wash.) High School. Forbes helped Federal Way win the WIAA State 4A Championship in 2009.

 

Weber State the Team to Beat in League Race: The Eagles have been picked to finish sixth in the Big Sky Conference in both the media and coaches polls. Weber State, which has gone 28-4 in the BSC over the last two seasons and is the two-time defending league champion, is picked first in both polls.

 “Weber State had kind of been the dominant team in the league the last three or four years, and the question we asked ourselves is ‘what do we have to do to catch them and beat them?’” said Earlywine. “We can’t sit back and hope they digress -- we have to go catch them.”

“What we have to understand as a program is that the league is not going to back up -- we are going to have to catch them. In order to do that, the players in the program have to improve themselves -- not only in their skill level but also in their conditioning and strength. On top of that, we have to replace our five seniors with five players who are ultimately better. That’s not a knock against those seniors, but that’s just what we have to do to get better. You improve the players in your program and you go get better players to replace those who leave. That’s what we are trying to do.”

 

Eagles Versus Ranked Teams: Eastern lost 94-52 to Gonzaga on Dec. 28, 2009, in EWU’s most recent game against a nationally-ranked foe. The Bulldogs were ranked 22nd by ESPN/USA Today, but were just out of the top 25 at No. 26 by Associated Press. The 2008-09 season was the first time since 2002-03 that Eastern did not play a nationally-ranked team. The Eagles played 12 such games in the five seasons before that.

Eastern is 1-15 versus nationally-ranked teams -- including three games in the 2004-05 season alone as well as three the year before. Seven of the games came under former head coach Mike Burns and five others came under Ray Giacoletti from 2000-2004.
12/28/09 vs. #22 (ESPN/USA Today) Gonzaga - L, 52-94
12/5/07 vs. #3 Kansas - L, 47-85
11/9/07 vs. #10 Washington State - L, 41-68
12/15/06 vs. #22 Oregon - L, 74-100
11/24/06 vs. #16 Washington - L, 83-90
12/19/05 vs. #8 Gonzaga - L, 65-75
12/16/05 vs. #11 Washington - L, 74-91
12/28/04 vs. #14 Arizona - L, 45-79
12/21/04 vs. #13 Gonzaga - L, 70-83
12/5/04 vs. #14 Washington - L, 56-89
3/19/04 vs. #3 Oklahoma State - L, 56-75
12/31/03 vs. #16 Gonzaga - L, 49-70
11/21/03 vs. #14 Oklahoma - L, 59-69
11/15/01 vs. #10 St. Joseph's - W, 68-67
11/25/00 vs. #4 Michigan State - L, 61-83
1/21/85 vs. #10 DePaul - L, 50-72

 

Big Crowds: The Eagles have played in excess of 16,000 fans on three occasions, including the largest crowd EWU has ever played against -- 16,840 -- on March 19, 2004, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo., in the NCAA Tournament. Eastern played in front of 16,300 fans on Dec. 12, 2007, when Eastern lost to Kansas at legendary Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan.

In the 2006 season, the Eagles played in front of 10,000 at Washington after the previous two games there drew 9,876 (2005) and 9,418 (2004). Three of the 10,000+ crowds came in the 2003-04 season and three more the following year. Several other games have been played in the first game of pre-season tournaments that have drawn at least that many fans, but the Eagles haven't faced the host team.

Here is a list of those crowds:
16,840 - 3/19/04 vs. Oklahoma State - L, 56-75
16,374 - 11/15/02 vs. Wisconsin - L, 55-81
16,300 - 12/5/07 vs. Kansas - L, 47-85
14,759 - 11/25/00 vs. Michigan State - L, 61-83
14,535 - 12/28/04 vs. Arizona - L, 45-79
14,422 - 11/14/08 vs. Illinois - L, 50-66
12,533 - 11/24/01 vs. Minnesota - L, 68-86
12,299 - 12/31/03 vs. Gonzaga - L, 49-70
12,016 - 11/12/06 vs. New Mexico - L, 57-92
12,000 - 12/21/04 vs. Gonzaga - L, 70-83
11,977 - 11/26/08 vs. Minnesota - L, 67-88
11,879 - 12/19/05 vs. Gonzaga - L, 65-75
11,268 - 11/21/03 vs. Oklahoma - L, 59-69
11,031 - 12/5/03 vs. Iowa - L, 54-70
11,000 - 12/22/02 vs. Gonzaga - L, 64-67
10,432 - 12/28/01 vs. Indiana - L, 60-87
10,216 - 11/20/04 vs. Wichita State - L, 62-80
10,215 - 11/9/06 vs. Washington State - L, 41-68
10,210 - 3/12/03 vs. Weber State - L, 57-60
10,000 - 11/24/06 vs. Washington - L, 83-90

 

EWU in Exhibitions: Until falling 58-56 to Carroll College on Nov. 1, 2008, Eastern had won its last 12 exhibition games, which are contests that do not count in EWU’s season record or statistics. Before that setback, EWU’s last exhibition loss came on Nov. 13, 1999, to the Northwest Basketball Camp (NBC) Thunder. In that 73-71 loss, former Pepperdine player Shann Ferch made a three-point play with 19 seconds to lift NBC to the win. Here is a list of recent exhibition games:
11/8/10 - Montana State-Billings - L, 60-66
11/2/10 - Seattle Pacific - L, 82-87
11/8/09 - Montana State-Billings - W, 67-58
11/1/09 - Saint Martin’s - W, 98-61
11/8/08 - Puget Sound - W, 90-66
11/1/08 - Carroll - L, 56-58
11/3/07 - Pacific - W, 91-49
11/4/06 - Northwest Nazarene - W, 98-55
11/13/05 - UC-San Diego - W, 75-44
11/13/04 - Central Washington - W, 79-63
11/12/03 - Ukraine Touring Team - W, 83-55
11/7/03 - Northwest Sports - W, 100-79
11/7/02 - Northwest Basketball Camp (NBC) Thunder - W, 99-72
11/1/02 - Northwest Sports - W, 117-73
11/2/01 - NBC Thunder - W, 108-106
10/10/01 - Alumni - W, 94-85
11/14/00 - SON Blue Angels - W, 90-78
11/4/00 - NBC Thunder - W, 72-63
11/13/99 - NBC Thunder - L, 71-73
11/5/99 - The Hoop USA - W, 106-64

 

SERIES HISTORY

EWU vs. San Jose State Series History: Eastern is 1-2 all-time against San Jose State, winning 71-62 in their last meeting on Dec. 2, 2000. Eastern outscored the Spartans 28-9 to start the second half and open a 15-point lead. The Eagles dropped their first two meetings against the Spartans -- both played in San Jose. The Eagles lost 93-75 in San Jose on Dec. 21, 1998, and fell there 67-47 10 years later. Here is the list of the previous meetings: 

12/21/88 - L - 75-93 - A
12/19/98 - L - 47-63 - A
12/2/00 - W - 71-62 - H

 

 

Previous Meeting . . . Eastern Washington 71, San Jose State 62: Eastern Washington outscored San Jose State 28-9 to start the second half, then held off the Spartans for a 71-62 men’s basketball victory Dec. 2, 2000, at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

 “They are a WAC team, so this a very good win,” first year Eagle head coach Ray Giacoletti said. “We’re trying to establish a home court where people aren’t going to come in here and take something from us. You have to do that by taking care of things at home.”

Eastern made nine of its first 10 shots of the half to open a 57-42 advantage with 10:44 left to play in the game. Eastern’s 28 points in the first 9:16 of the half nearly matched the 29 the Eagles scored in the entire first half alone when it trailed 31-29 at intermission.

Jamal Jones had seven of his 18 points during that stretch when six different Eagles scored. Jason Lewis and walk-on freshman Clint Hull each added five points in the run. Freshman Alvin Snow, who also finished the game with 18, added four points.

 

 

Eastern 12-68 Versus the Pacific 10 Conference; 1-10 Versus Huskies: Following a 67-61 loss at Washington State on Nov. 16, 2009, the Eagles are now 11-52 in the all-time series against Washington State, to go along with a 1-10 record all-time against Washington. Eastern is 0-6 against other members of the Pacific 10 Conference, giving the Eagles a 12-68 record all-time against that league. Eastern has lost the last six meetings to Washington, and has a current 10-game losing streak versus the Pac 10.

Eastern’s win at Washington in the 2002-03 season snapped a five-game losing streak versus Pacific 10 Conference opponents dating back to Eastern’s 83-82 overtime win versus Washington State on Dec. 22, 1997, in Kennewick, Wash. That victory over WSU was Eastern’s first-ever victory over a Pacific 8 or Pacific 10 Conference opponent since the inception of the conference in 1968. It was also Eastern’s first win over Washington State since Dec. 1, 1952, when the Eagles pulled out a 72-71 overtime win in Pullman. The Cougars had led the all-time series 49-10 and had won 17-straight games over the Eagles prior to that EWU victory.

Eastern’s lone victory over the Huskies was 62-58 in December 2002. Washington won the previous four meetings which all took place between December 1989 and December 1996.

Other recent meetings against the Pac 10 have yielded losses to Oregon (100-74 on Dec. 15, 2006), Arizona (79-45 on Dec. 28, 2004), California (56-27 on Nov. 16, 2001 and 94-63 on Nov. 25, 1998), Oregon State (58-50 on Dec. 19, 2000 and 78-62 on Dec. 15, 1999) and Washington State (91-72 on Dec. 5, 1998).

Here is a list of the previous meetings against Washington:

12/13/89 - L - 58-74 - A
11/25/94 - L - 48-64 - A
11/28/95 - L - 55-74 - H
12/29/96 - L - 54-81 - A
12/14/02 - W - 62-58 - A
11/29/03 - L - 91-104 - A
12/05/04 - L - 56-89 - A
12/16/05 - L - 74-91 - A
11/24/06 - L - 83-90 - A
11/18/07 - L - 68-82 - A
12/20/08 - L - 50-83 - A

 

Previous Meeting . . . Washington 83, Eastern Washington 50 -- An eight minute stretch told the story as Eastern Washington University was out-scored 21-3 in the first half by Washington as the Huskies defeated the Eagles 83-50 in a non-conference men’s basketball game Dec. 20, 2008, at Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Wash.

Eastern had just one field goal during that 8:22 stretch to turn a 15-all tie into a 36-18 advantage for the Huskies. Washington led at halftime by 42-22, and by no fewer than 14 in the second half to improve to 7-3 on the season.

“There wasn’t anything different that happened out there -- we just started to wear down,” said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine of Washington’s first-half run. “They had more horses -- they had thoroughbreds and for the last six or seven minutes we looked like Clydesdales. They had bigger and better athletes at every spot than we did and eventually it showed.”

The Eagles had another stretch of 5:03 without a point in the second half as UW led by as many as 37. Eastern junior college transfer Chris Busch, in just his third game since becoming eligible, scored 13 points to lead the Eagles against Washington. He was the only EWU player in double figures, with Benny Valentine adding seven, all in the second half.

Eastern made only 36 percent of its shots from the field, but finished with a season-high 22 turnovers that UW turned into 25 points. Washington, which had 13 steals and eight blocked shots, made 54 percent of its shots. The Huskies also made 21-of-35 free throws compared to just 1-of-6 for the Eagles.

Eastern missed 13 of its last 17 shots of the first half against the Huskies, who made 10 of their last 16. Washington had eight steals, six blocked shots and forced 13 turnovers in the first half. True freshman Isaiah Thomas had 12 of Washington’s points in the first half as he single-handedly out-scored EWU’s starting five.

Jon Brockman finished with 17 points and five rebounds for the Huskies after getting 26 points and eight rebounds in the previous year’s meeting against EWU. Thomas and Justin Dentmon each added 13.

 

EWU vs. Northwest Series History: The Eastern Eagles are 4-0 all-time against Northwest -- all at Reese Court in Cheney -- and have out-scored the other Eagles by an average score of 94-60. Eastern played Northwest for the first time in November 1993, and hasn’t played it since the 2003-04 season when Eastern went on to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

11/27/93 - W - 101-68 - H
12/11/99 - W - 93-56 - H
11/19/01 - W - 103-71 - H
12/2/03 - W - 79-46 - H

 

 

Previous Meeting . . . Eastern Washington 79, Northwest College 46: Cutting its opponent's offensive output in half in the span of just three days, Eastern Washington jumped out to a 33-6 lead and rolled past Northwest College 79-46 in a non-conference men's basketball game Dec. 2, 2003, at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

Senior Alvin Snow led the way with 20 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists. Less than a week earlier, Eastern gave up more than twice that many points in losing to Washington 104-91 in Seattle.

“What I was proud about was our guys buying in to trying to get back to the basics and fundamentals of how we want to play defense," Eagle head coach Ray Giacoletti said. "We talked about it for the last two days. Obviously when you give up 104 points you need to get back to the defensive side. Our seniors really bought into that, and they really helped the rest of our guys to try to stay focused and sustain things."

True freshman Matt Nelson chipped in 12 points and seven rebounds for Eastern, and redshirt freshman Paul Butorac scored 10 with eight boards. Senior Brendon Merritt added eight points and a game-high five assists.

Snow hit 9-of-13 shots from the field as the Eagles finished the game making 53.2 percent from the field compared to 34.0 percent shooting for Northwest College. Eastern out-rebounded the other Eagles 42-24, with Khary Nicholas adding six boards.

“I was really proud of Khary Nicholas," Giacoletti said. "Khary’s a guy who busts his tail every day in practice, then goes out in seven minutes and gets six rebounds.”

 

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