Tough Stretch Begins for Eagles
EWU at Boise State
Wednesday, Nov. 24 - 6:05 p.m.
Taco Bell Arena - Boise, Idaho
EWU vs. Idaho
Saturday, Nov. 27 - 3:05 p.m.
Reese Court - Cheney Wash.
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Finally with a victory under its belt, the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team enters a difficult stretch with three games in seven nights.
The gauntlet starts at Boise State on Wednesday (Nov. 24), and continues Saturday (Nov. 27) when Idaho visits for a 3:05 p.m. game at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. Next Tuesday (Nov. 30), the Eagles close the stretch with a short road trip to face nationally-ranked Gonzaga.
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.
"It certainly isn't going to get easier," said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine. "We look at those like we look at all of our non-conference games as an opportunity to get better and keep improving as we look forward to the start of conference play at the end of December."
Eastern, coming off a 96-87 victory over Northwest University on Nov. 18, is now 1-2 this season. Boise State is 3-0 and is coached by former Gonzaga assistant coach Leon Rice. Last season, the Broncos jumped out to a 10-0 lead and knocked off the Eagles at Reese Court 82-69.
"They are playing a lot different than a year ago," Earlywine said of the new coaching regime. "But a lot of their personnel return, so they have an experienced team and a team that is very athletic. Their speed and athleticism sort of caught our players by surprise a year ago even though we tried to warn them. By playing Washington a week ago, maybe we won't get knocked back on our heels as much as we did last year against Boise State.
The Broncos are led by La'Shard Anderson and Robert Arnold, who have combined for an average of more than 36 points per game thus far in wins over Western State (78-52), San Diego (65-60) and UC Davis (67-47). Both averaged at least 9.9 points a year ago when BSU finished 15-17 and 5-11 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Add Sean Imadiyi and the Broncos have an athletic team the likes Eastern faced versus Washington last week in a 98-72 Husky win. Eastern allowed no fast-break points by Washington in the first 18 minutes, but 22 in the final 22 minutes.
"In particular, La'Shard Anderson, Robert Arnold and Sean Imadiyi are very athletic, and that is something that causes us problems," explained Earlywine. "We can't prepare for that with our scout team -- assistant coaches Rachi Wortham and Shantay Legans, along with Morgan Hyslop, don't exactly resemble a track team. In some ways that athleticism is difficult for us to prepare for, but we did a good job of preparing for it against Washington so hopefully that will carry-over against Boise State."
Idaho enters Saturday's game 1-3 after falling 76-33 at Idaho on Monday. The Vandals, who defeated EWU 76-54 last year in Moscow, defeated Eastern Oregon (86-74) to open the season, then fell to Washington State (88-71) and Portland (66-53). A year ago, Idaho finished 15-16 overall and 6-10 in the WAC.
Gonzaga, which lost 81-64 to Kansas State Monday in the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., is 2-2. The Bulldogs will also play Marquette on Tuesday (Nov. 23) prior to taking on the Eagles. Gonzaga opened the year with victories over Southern (117-72) and IUPUI (86-56) before falling to San Diego State (79-76).
Ranked 22nd this week by Associated Press and 18th in the Coaches Poll, GU was 27-7 overall last season and 12-2 in the West Coast Conference. The Bulldogs have won the last 22 meetings against Eastern, including last year's 94-52 romp.
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) -- forced the job onto the shoulders of a trio of Eagles for EWU's last exhibition game and most of the regular season thus far. Colimon has played a combined 36 minutes thus far in EWU's last two games. Dean missed a month and is now "day-to-day" according to Earlywine, however, his minutes will be minimal as he gets into shape.
In Eastern's first three games, the Eagles had 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. Eastern's victory over Northwest saw five Eagles score in double figures, with Laron Griffin finishing with career highs in every statistical category, including points (19), rebounds (16), assists (4) and steals (3).
"In some ways, yes," said Earlywine of feeling better heading into the difficult stretch of games after beating Northwest and getting closer to returning to full strength. "But if you hold an opponent to 38 percent shooting they shouldn't score 86 points. Our fouls and our turnovers are sort of becoming a theme and is something we have to put a stop to. We have to stop turning the ball over and we have to stop fouling. We did a good job at Washington, but in our other games we've fouled too much. That's something we'll continue to address along with the fact we have way too many turnovers."
The lack of an experienced point guard was particularly noticeable in a 66-60 exhibition loss to Montana State-Billings on Nov. 8 as Eastern had only four assists and made just 15-of-60 shots from the field. The Eagles had 12 assists and made 37 percent from the field in a 67-60 loss against San Jose State, but had 12 of their 17 turnovers in the second half after leading 36-33 at intermission.
Coaches Shows Resume Dec. 13: 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 will take place as early as Dec. 13, depending on how far the Eastern football team advances in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs. The show will take a break for the holidays, then 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.
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Recent EWU Men's Basketball Headlines . . .
November 18, 2010 - Fast Start Helps Eastern Win 96-87|
November 16, 2010 - Promising Start for Naught as Eagles Fall to Huskies 98-72
November 12, 2010 - Despite Strong Defensive Effort, Eagles Begin Season With 67-60 Loss
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
For The 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 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 he returned to practice on Nov. 10. He made his debut against San Jose, finishing with three points, three rebounds and three assists in 15 minutes of action. 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 did not play in the season opener against San Jose. Freshman walk-on redshirt Sean Fischer has 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 to Washington 98-72 on Nov. 16 in EWU's most recent game against a nationally-ranked team. Washington was ranked 17th by Associated Press and 15th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.
Last year, the Eagles fell 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 1-16 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.
11/16/10 vs. #17 Washington - L, 72-98
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: Eastern's exhibition games in 2010 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 in its two exhibitions, 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.
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
Eagles Versus Broncos -- Trying to snap a current four-game losing streak, the Eagles are 6-30 against Boise State, with the last meeting coming last Nov. 24 in an 82-69 loss in Cheney. In the 2005-06 season, EWU lost 76-72 despite 34 points and eight rebounds by EWU's Rodney Stuckey.
Below are the meetings since EWU became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season. The Eagles joined BSU as a member of the Big Sky in the 1987-88 season, and the Broncos departed the league following the 1995-96 season.
1/7/84 - L - 69-92 - A
1/19/84 - L - 64-56 - H
12/1/84 - L - 49-54 - H
1/5/85 - L - 57-68 - A
11/27/85 - W - 66-60 - H
1/4/86 - L - 56-68 - A
12/31/86 - L - 53-71 - H
2/11/87 - L - 45-70 - A
2/13/88 - L - 62-89 - H
2/25/88 - L - 52-92 - A
1/21/89 - L - 52-72 - A
3/4/89 - L - 63-70 - H
1/6/90 - W - 87-55 - H
2/1/90 - L - 59-69 - A
1/12/91 - L - 69-80 - A
1/25/91 - L - 72-76 - H
2/1/92 - L - 54-60 - A
3/5/92 - L - 59-73 - H
2/5/93 - L - 66-76 - H
3/6/93 - L - 81-85 - A
2/4/94 - L - 51-67 - A
3/6/94 - L - 65-83 - H
1/13/95 - L - 56-76 - H
2/11/95 - W - 72-66 - A
1/12/96 - L - 49-73 - A
2/10/96 - L - 65-70 OT - H
11/29/01 - W - 47-42 - H
12/18/02 - W - 65-59 - A
12/15/04 - L - 67-78 - A
12/29/05 - L - 72-76 - A
12/29/08 - L - 48-57 - A
11/24/09 - L - 69-82 - H
Last Season . . . Eastern Falls at Home to Boise State 82-69 -- Boise State jumped out to a 10-0 lead and went on to defeat Eastern Washington 82-69 on Nov. 24, 2009, at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash., in the fifth game in 11 days for the Eagles.
Senior center Brandon Moore led the Eagles with 18 points and nine rebounds, but his 6-foot-9 counterpart from Boise State had an even bigger night. Boise State's Ike Okoye had 21 points, 17 rebounds, six blocks, three assists and two steals.
Eastern was out-shot 59 percent to 26 percent in the first half. The Broncos had 16 fast-break points against the Eagles, but eight of those came during BSU's 10-0 start. Boise State eventually led by 14 at halftime, 44-30.
With Matthew Brunell (ankle) and Abebe Demissie (hamstring) sidelined with injuries, Eastern used just eight players for the third-straight game.
"The No. 1 key to the game for us was conversion defense," explained Eagle head coach Kirk Earlywine. "There were a variety of factors -- it was our fifth game in 11 days, and because we're shorthanded, we couldn't work on conversion defense live in practice and couldn't go full speed. I can start making a list, but every team can.
"But you still have to play, and we didn't do it in the first five minutes of the game. The first five minutes of the game was the game."
Eastern cut the lead to one in the second half, but eight-straight Bronco points helped put the lead out of reach as they equaled their biggest lead of 14 twice.
Benny Valentine added 16 points and three assists for the Eagles, but he made just 5-of-15 shots from the field, including 3-of-10 from the three-point stripe. Fellow guard Glen Dean added 12 points, but he was just 3-of-14 from the field.
The Eagles made 34 percent of their shots, including only 6-of-20 treys for 30 percent. The Broncos made 53 percent of their shots and out-rebounded Eastern 45-36.
EWU vs. Idaho Series History: Eastern trails in the all-time series 12-39, with the home team winning the last four meetings. Eastern won four-straight games in the series from Nov. 29, 1999, to Dec. 7, 2002, but that was nothing compared to Idaho's nearly 10-year winning streak. The Vandals won 22-straight games against the Eagles from Nov. 28, 1986, to Feb. 17, 1996, including a 65-62 buzzer beater in the 1990 Big Sky Conference Tournament championship game. The streak was finally snapped with a 66-53 Eagle home win on Nov. 29, 1999. From the 1987-88 season through 1995-96, both schools were members of the Big Sky Conference. Below are series results since EWU became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season.
12/28/83 - L - 69-91 - A
1/17/84 - W - 77-70 - H
1/16/85 - L - 66-59 - A
2/13/85 - L - 75-78 - H
12/7/85 - W - 79-65 - A
1/15/86 - W - 79-67 - H
11/28/86 - L - 65-76 - N
1/14/87 - L - 45-55 - H
11/25/88 - L - 54-79 - N
2/6/88 - L - 64-74 - A
2/27/88 - L - 58-61 - H
1/28/89 - L - 54-73 - H
2/5/89 - L - 74-87 - A
1/27/90 - L - 51-70 - A
3/1/90 - L - 54-72 - H
3/9/90 - L - 62-65 - N
1/26/91 - L - 55-72 - H
3/2/91 - L - 65-80 - A
1/30/92 - L - 54-64 - A
3/7/92 - L - 57-60 - H
1/22/93 - L - 63-87 - A
2/20/93 - L - 80-82 - A
1/21/94 - L - 65-71 - A
2/19/94 - L - 64-82 - H
1/21/95 - L - 62-78 - A
2/17/95 - L - 54-61 - H
1/19/96 - L - 53-75 - H
2/17/96 - L - 63-76 - A
11/29/99 - W - 66-53 - H
12/30/00 - W - 73-66 - A
12/6/01 - W - 59-48 - A
12/7/02 - W - 67-62 - H
12/28/03 - L - 60-64 - A
01/02/05 - L - 50-52 - H
11/30/05 - W - 68-55 - A
12/21/06 - W - 85-56 - H
12/9/07 - L - 49-58 - A
11/24/08 - W - 69-59 - H
11/28/09 - L - 54-76 - A
Last Season . . . Eagles Drop 76-54 Decision to Idaho: 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 Nov. 28, 2009, in a non-conference men's basketball game at Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho.
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, which improved to 4-1, made 8-of-12 treys in the game and 54 percent of its shots overall.
Eastern 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.
Eastern opened the season with six games in just 15 days.
EWU versus Gonzaga Series History: Eastern has lost the last 22 meetings against Gonzaga, with the last Eastern win in the series coming on Jan. 8, 1990, in Spokane by a 70-55 score. Eastern is 5-32 versus Gonzaga since Eastern moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season, including a 2-15 record at Gonzaga, 2-12 mark in Cheney and 1-5 record on neutral courts. The two teams paired off in the Inland Empire Classic at the old Spokane Coliseum in November of 1986 and 1987. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 51-7. Here is a list of the meetings since EWU became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season.
12/7/83 - L - 57-86 - A
1/10/84 - L - 80-91 - H
2/5/85 - L - 52-62 - A
2/11/85 - W - 66-63 - H
1/10/86 - W - 56-54 - H
2/12/86 - W - 60-58 - A
11/29/86 - W - 62-60 - N
12/20/86 - L - 58-87 - A
1/20/87 - L - 69-79 - H
11/28/87 - L - 61-82 - N
12/5/87 - L - 63-75 - A
1/5/88 - L - 68-88 - H
12/1/88 - L - 63-75 - H
12/10/88 - L - 68-70 - A
1/8/90 - W - 70-55 - A
12/13/90 - L - 67-108 - H
12/15/90 - L - 63-81 - A
12/15/91 - L - 67-74 - A
1/4/92 - L - 49-67 - H
12/23/92 - L - 50-71 - A
1/9/93 - L - 68-73 - H
12/11/93 - L - 54-99 - A
12/22/94 - L - 58-68 - H
12/22/95 - L - 55-68 - A
1/5/96 - L - 53-63 - H
12/21/96 - L - 65-80 - H
12/14/97 - L - 78-100 - A
11/30/98 - L - 59-81 - H
11/26/99 - L - 47-81 - A
11/17/00 - L - 65-74 - H
12/4/01 - L - 74-84 OT - A
12/22/02 - L - 64-67 - N
12/31/03 - L - 49-70 - N
12/21/04 - L - 70-83 - N
12/19/05 - L - 65-75 - N
11/10/06 - L - 75-90 - A
12/28/09 - L - 52-94 - A
Last Season . . . Gonzaga Grounds Eagles 94-52: With too many turnovers and not enough shots going in, the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team lost 94-52 to Gonzaga Dec. 28, 2009, in a non-conference game at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. The Bulldogs entered the game ranked 22nd nationally in the ESPN/USA Today poll, and 26th by Associated Press.
Eastern connected on just 28.8 percent of their shots from the field in the game, while the Bulldogs shot at a 50 percent clip -- including a 45.8 percentage from behind the three-point line. The Eagles were just 4-of-24 behind the arc for 16.7 percent and were out-rebounded 56-35.
The Eagles had nine turnovers in the first seven minutes of the game and finished with 16 in the first half. Gonzaga took full advantage of those turnovers, as 24 of its 53 points came off turnovers as the Bulldogs led by 28 at intermission.
"It wasn't very good -- we turned the ball over 16 times in the first half," said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine of his team's performance. "They treated us like a little brother in the backyard, and I mean that as a credit to Gonzaga. Physically they were more aggressive than we were. That's the way I wanted us to be."
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead at the 18:12 mark after Mark Dunn connected on a long three-pointer, but the Bulldogs responded by going on two separate 13-0 runs to go into halftime with a 53-25 lead.
Eastern took better care of the ball in the second half, turning the ball over just two times for a total of 18 for the game.
The Eagles were led in scoring by freshman Glen Dean, who had 11 of his 13 points in the first half. Also in double figures for the Eagles was Dunn, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
Center Brandon Moore, playing in his 100th game for the Eagles, picked up two quick fouls in the first half and played just six minutes. Moore finished the night with a team-high nine rebounds in 23 total minutes, but failed to score a point by going 0-for-6 from the field and 0-of-3 from the free throw line.