Another slow start results in second-straight loss for Eagles heading into home game Tuesday versus Walla Walla University
For the second-straight game against a Western Athletic Conference foe, Eastern fell behind by double digits early in the contest and went on to lose to Idaho 76-54 Saturday (Nov. 28) in a non-conference men's basketball game at Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho. The Eagles return to Reese Court on Tuesday (Dec. 1) to face Walla Walla University at 7:05 p.m. at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.
The Vandals sank their first seven three-pointers, including five in the first half to lead at intermission 45-23 and by as many as 31 in the game. Idaho, now 4-1, made 8-of-12 treys in the game and 54 percent of its shots overall.
Eastern, which fell to 2-4, had a 36 percent shooting night made worse by a 40-23 rebounding disadvantage. Freshman Glen Dean led the Eagles with a season-high 14 points to go along with four assists and three steals. Another freshman, Kevin Winford, chipped in nine points.
One game earlier, Boise State jumped out to a 10-0 lead and went on to defeat Eastern 82-69 on Nov. 24. Eastern has now opened the season with six games in just 15 days.
Tuesday's home game will be the last opportunity for the Eagles to prepare for league play as NAIA Division II independent Walla Walla University visits in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. So far this season, Walla Walla is 2-8 entering its game against the Eagles. The Wolves have lost their last six after a 2-2 start, defeating Northwest Christian 101-100 on Nov. 3 and Montana Tech 78-76 on Nov. 6.
The following Saturday (Dec. 5), Eastern travels to Portland, Ore., to face Portland State in the Big Sky opener for both schools.