Eagles have 19 turnovers and are out-rebounded by 23 in non-conference setback
Despite some lopsided statistics, the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team held tough against Seattle University before falling 60-51 Thursday (Jan. 6) in a non-conference game at Key Arena in Seattle, Wash.
The Eagles were out-rebounded by 23 (49-26), allowed 20 offensive rebounds, had 19 turnovers and were out-scored 40-8 in the paint in falling to 4-10 for the season. However, the Eagles made 10 three-pointers compared to just one for the Redhawks, who improved to 6-11 on the year.
Sophomore Kevin Winford scored 11 points to lead the Eagles, who are now 0-7 on the road this season. Junior Tremayne Johnson added 10, with sophomore point guard Glen Dean chipping in nine points, five assists and a pair of steals. Senior Laron Griffin had a team-high eight rebounds to go along with six points and a pair of blocked shots.
After trailing most of the way and by as many as 14, Eastern trailed by just four at 55-51 with 4:08 to play on two free throws by Laron Griffin. Eastern had a chance to make it a single possession game after a steal by Dean, but EWU missed its last five shots and had two turnovers down the stretch.
"There were some good things," said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine. "In particular, our first-shot defense was good and we held them to 1-of-14 shooting from the arc. But for as many good things as we did, we turned the ball over 19 times against their half-court defense with no traps and no presses.
"We gave the ball away, they out-rebounded us by 23 and they out-scored us 40-8 in the paint," he continued. "They physically whipped us."
Thursday's game was the first of four-straight road games, with the next three league games. Eastern takes its 1-1 Big Sky Conference mark to Portland State on Saturday (Jan. 8) with the game starting at 7:05 p.m.
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.
The Eagles defeated Sacramento State 88-79 in overtime in their league opener on Dec. 29, then lost a heart-breaker to Northern Colorado two days later by a 75-73 score. Eastern's Glen Dean missed three free throws in the last 46 seconds, and his chance to send the game into overtime was ruined when he had a shot blocked by the Bears in the final seconds.
At Portland State, EWU will try to snap a 13-game losing streak on the road -- seven games this year and six to end the 2009-10 season. The last time Eastern tasted victory on the road was a year ago on Jan. 10, 2010, when Dean made a game-winning, six-foot running bank shot with 3.8 seconds to play -- the same type of shot he attempted against the Bears.
Seattle was coming off an 84-64 road loss at Pepperdine on Jan. 2, but on Dec. 22, the Redhawks won 59-53 at Virginia. One of the losses for the Redhawks was a 95-91 Eagle victory over Seattle on Dec. 15 in which the Eagles made their last six free throws in that game to clinch the win after the Redhawks had cut the lead to two. Eastern's last field goal attempt came with 4:24 left as EWU made 22-of-27 free throws in the last 7:25.
In the rematch, Eastern went to the line just 12 times, making seven. The Redhawks turned their 20 offensive rebounds into a 16-9 advantage in second-chance points.