December 1, 2011

Eastern Puts Three-Game Winning Streak on the Line at WSU

Eagles look for a rare win over a Pac-12 opponent Saturday afternoon at Washington State

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Upcoming Games

EWU at Washington State
Saturday, Dec. 3 - 3:35 p.m. Pacific
Friel Court (11,671) - Pullman, Wash.

EWU vs. Linfield
Thursday, Dec. 8 - 6:05 p.m. Pacific
Reese Court (6,000) - Cheney, Wash.

Coaches Show

Mondays 6 p.m. at the Q Sports Bar and Restaurant at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. . . 700-AM ESPN, www.espnnorthwest.com & via iphone app. (search for “Spokane Radio” and download app). Fans are invited to attend the show live and food service is available. Live shows take place at the Q on 12/5, 1/2, 1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5. There are no shows on 12/19, 12/26 and 1/16, but there will be a show aired as a remote from Los Angeles on 12/12).

Coverage

TV: The WSU game will be televised live on Root Sports (formerly Fox Sports Northwest).
Radio: (all EWU games) 700 ESPN "The Ticket" and http://www.espnnorthwest.com
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A 4-2 start to a season has been rare for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball program, but even rarer is a win over a Pac-12 Conference opponent.

The Eagles will put their three-game winning streak on the line when EWU plays at Washington State on Saturday (Dec. 3) at 3:35 p.m. at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash.

The radio broadcast of Saturday’s game, featuring play-by-play announcer Dennis Patchin, may be heard on 700-AM ESPN, via the web at www.espnnorthwest.com and via iPhone application (search for “Spokane Radio” and download the free app). Saturday’s game will also be televised regionally by Root Sports (formerly Fox Sports Northwest).

Eastern’s start is impressive, and is only the seventh time in 29 seasons since Eastern became a member of NCAA Division I in 1983-84 that the Eagles have won at least four of their first six games. And the 4-2 start has happened only once in the last eight seasons, with EWU going 6-2 in 2008-09 before finishing just 12-18.

“We are coming together as a team, but it’s still way too early to start celebrating,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford.

Against the Pac-12, wins have been even rarer. Eastern is 12-73 versus the league, and earlier this season, Eastern lost 73-65 to Oregon for its 12th-straight loss versus current teams from the Pac-12. The Eagles are 11-53 against WSU, having lost the last three meetings dating back to an 83-82 Eastern overtime win on Dec. 22, 1997.

Eastern is coming off a 73-66 victory at Idaho on Wednesday (Nov. 30) in a game the Eagles held an 18-point lead with 8:21 left. Coupled with wins over Hawai’i (89-72) and UC Davis (79-59), the Eagles have had an average winning margin of 14.7 points per game during their three-game winning streak.

The Cougars are 3-4 after burying Grambling 69-37 on Wednesday (Nov. 30). Prior to that, WSU was coming off a 64-63 loss to UC Riverside on Sunday (Nov. 27), as the Cougars lost all three games at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

“We’re happy to be 4-2 heading into Saturday’s game,” said Hayford. “We look forward to seeing how we stack up against them. We need all our Eastern fans to head down to Pullman and yell loud for us -- it’s one of the closest road games we’ll have. I promise that our team will play hard against Washington State.”

Hayford’s team has had second-half leads in all six games thus far, but he knows the final margins aren’t always going to be what they’ve enjoyed the last three outings. But he likes the challenge of playing with the lead, and was pleased with how his team kept its poise against the Vandals.

“We’ve all seen different games where you want that clock to tick, tick, tick, tick tick,” he explained, “but you don’t want to be passive and play not to lose. You want to keep playing to win, and there’s a fine line. We took a couple of shots I didn’t like – but one of them went in -- and that’s just a part of learning how to win. Fortunately, we had a big enough lead and can learn from some of those moments.”

Following this Saturday’s game, Eastern has a four-day break without a game during finals week at EWU. The Eagles return to action on Thursday, Dec. 8 when Linfield visits for a 6:05 p.m. game at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The Wildcats are 1-4 thus far, and host Pacific Lutheran on Dec. 3 and Multnomah on Dec. 5 before playing Eastern. Linfield and PLU (EWU’s opponent at home on Dec. 16) are members of the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference – the same league Hayford belonged to the past 10 seasons while he was at Whitworth.

Hayford, who compiled a gaudy 217-57 (.792) record in 10 seasons at NCAA Division III Whitworth University in Spokane, inherited an EWU team that finished the 2010-11 season with a 10-20 record overall. The Eagles finished 7-9 and in a fifth-place tie with Montana State in the Big Sky Conference standings, advancing the Eagles to the Big Sky Conference Tournament for the first time in five years.

His first Eastern team features seven returning letterwinners currently on the roster, including six who combined to start 125 games a year ago. Hayford hopes a challenging schedule, including three games versus members of the Pac-12 Conference, will help his team prepare for the rigors of league play.

 “I know in January and February we are going to be a good basketball team,” Hayford said earlier in November. “In November and December we play a really tough schedule that will make us a better basketball team. That familiarity process takes a step forward each day. We will be a really good basketball team during Big Sky Conference play.”

 

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GAME NOTES

More About the Cougars

Until they knocked off Grambling, the lone wins for the Cougars were against Sacramento State (79-68) and Portland (83-73). They have lost thus far to Gonzaga (89-81), Oklahoma (74-59), New Mexico (72-62) and UC Riverside. Eastern fell by nine points to Gonzaga on Nov. 11 by a 77-69 score.

Like Idaho, Washington State advanced to a postseason tournament last year and finished 22-13 under Ken Bone, who is now in his third season at the helm. The Vandals played in the Collegeinsider.com Tournament (CIT) and WSU played in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

 

3-Point Shooting Sharp Thus Far for Eagles

The Eagles are averaging a Big Sky Conference-leading 10.3 3-pointers per game, making 62-of-165 for 37.6 percent (third-best in the league). Nine different Eagles have made treys, led by the 21 of junior college transfer Collin Chiverton. For Eastern to score the same amount of points from inside the arc with the same amount of shots, the Eagles would have to make 56.4 percent.

“We’re confident with our system that we are going to get the 3-point shot no matter who we play,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. “We are not always going to shoot the percentage we like, but we got 28 looks from three against Idaho and that’s right around where we’ve been. There are times where we might have five 3-point shooters or four on the floor at the same time, and we start the game with only three. (Idaho’s Memorial Gym) was an easy gym to shoot in because it’s small, and I think our players bought into it. So we shot the ball well. And hitting 13 threes – eight in the first half – kind of takes them out of the defense they want to play.”

Ederaine Wins Big Sky Player of the Week Award

After leading Eastern to a pair of late November victories, senior forward Cliff Ederaine was selected as Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday (Nov. 29). The 6-foot-7, 205-pound senior forward from Moreno Valley, Calif., averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and two blocks per game as the Eagles notched a road win over Hawai’i (89-72) on Nov. 22, and topped UC Davis (79-59) on Nov. 27 in Cheney.

Most recently, Ederaine made 8-of-9 shots from the field, including his first trey of the season and only the second in 35 career games versus UC Davis. A 45.6 percent free throw shooter a year ago, he made 6-of-9 for the line against the Aggies to improve to 20-of-26 so far this season – 76.9 percent (currently he is at 74.2 percent, 23-of-31).

To add to his night, Ederaine also added eight rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal. Ederaine scored 11 points in the first 6:24 of the game as Eastern held early leads of 13-4 and 17-9. He had 11 points, five boards and five assists in the second half alone. “We were running stuff through the high post and big Cliff put the team on his shoulders,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford.

In Eastern’s other home game this season – a 70-61 win over South Dakota on Nov. 15, Ederaine had 15 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals. One game earlier in EWU’s 89-72 upset at Hawaii on Nov. 19, Ederaine scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half.

For the season, he is averaging 12.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists while making 60 percent of his shots from the field.

“Ederaine was our most consistent player in our first five games,” said Hayford. “He’s just had some big nights and played an amazing second half at Hawaii.”

His performance against South Dakota was his second career double-double, with his first coming against New Hope last year when he had 12 points and 17 rebounds, as well as his previous career high for assists with four. He had 10 double figure scoring performance and seven with at least 10 rebounds in the 2010-11 season.

 

Football Player Alden Gibbs Returns to Hoop Squad After Departure of Three Players

Having already lettered at Eastern in both basketball and football, senior Alden Gibbs has re-joined the basketball squad, head coach Jim Hayford announced. He also announced that Willie Hankins, Rocky Brown and Justin Omogun are no longer on the team. Hankins played in EWU’s first two games and Brown played in one, while Omogun hasn’t played at all.

After lettering in basketball for Eastern Washington in the 2009-10 season under former head coach Kirk Earlywine, Gibbs switched to football and lettered on special teams for the Eagles in 2010. A starting cornerback in 2011, Gibbs is the first Eagle to letter in both sports since Bob Picard in the early 1970’s.

A 6-foot-3 guard on the basketball court, Gibbs finished his 18-game football career with 36 total tackles, four passes broken up and a forced fumble. As a junior for the Eastern basketball team in the 2009-10 season, he started 14 of 23 games and averaged 2.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in an average of 16.4 minutes per game. He is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and played basketball for the College of the Siskiyous before becoming an Eagle.

Picard lettered in football in 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1972, and also lettered in basketball in the 1972-73 season. Picard held Eastern’s career receiving record for 21 years with 166 catches (now sixth) that were good for 2,373 yards and 19 touchdowns. His receiving record was broken by Tony Brooks in 1993. Picard had his No. 84 jersey retired, was inducted into the Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003 and was selected  to the "100 for 100" All-Time Football Team in 2008 to help commemorate the 100th year of football at Eastern. In 27 career basketball games, Picard averaged 3.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He went on to play three seasons (54 career games) in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, and ended his career at the first training camp of the expansion Seattle Seahawks in 1976.

Several other Eagles have played both football and basketball since Picard, but none have lettered in both. Wide receiver Jerrold Jackson lettered in football from 1993-96, and played one minute for the hoop squad in the 1995-96 season. All-America quarterback Harry Leons lettered in football for three seasons from 1995-97, and was also on the basketball roster for a short time but did not play. Henry Bekkering lettered in basketball for Eastern in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, and was also on the football roster in 2003. He played in four football games that season as a non-lettering squad member, and averaged 56.5 yards on 27 kickoffs, while routinely kicking the ball into the end zone.

 

Eagles Continue to Climb Three-Point and Free Throw Career Lists

A pair of Eagles already rank in the top 10 on several Eastern season and career lists. Junior Jeffrey Forbes has 114 3-pointers made in his career to rank fifth, his 293 attempts are eighth and his .389 percentage ranks 10th. Fellow junior Kevin Winford has 104 makes to rank sixth and his 304 attempts are seventh.

Those players has also been impressive from the free throw line in their careers. Forbes, in fact, set a single season school record for free throw percentage (.900, 54-of-60) in the 2010-11 season, just ahead of the previous record of .899 set by Darren Cooper in 2001-02). In his career, Forbes has made what would be a school record at 88.0 percent (110-of-125), but he is seven attempts shy to meet the minimum of two free throw attempts per game. Winford’s 85.3 percent (58-of-68) would rank third had he met the minimums (he has 68 and would need 128). Currently with the school record is the 84.9 percent performance of Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame member Dick Edwards (1953-55).

 The Eagles finished the 2010-11 season with a pair of school records for 3-point shooting. Eastern finished with 242 makes and 656 attempts, breaking the single season makes record of 241 set in 1999, and the record for attempts of 649 set the same season. Winford made 66 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season to rank fifth in single season school history, and his 187 attempts are fourth.

Winford poured in 39 points -- including a record 10 3-pointers -- in Eastern’s overwhelming 112-41 non-conference victory over New Hope Christian College on Dec. 4. En route to the fifth-best scoring night in school history against New Hope, Winford broke the school record of nine treys he set just a week earlier against Idaho on Nov. 27. As a team, the Eagles broke the school record for made 3-pointers (18) and three pointers attempted (43), and tied the mark for field goals made in a game with 45. Previous records were 16 3-pointers versus Cascade on Dec. 14, 2007; 38 attempts versus Nevada on Feb. 14, 1991; and 45 field goals made against U.S. International on Feb. 2, 1991.

Winford’s 23 three-point attempts were also a Big Sky Conference record, breaking the previous mark of 17 set by Nevada’s Kevin Franklin against Oregon on Dec. 16, 1989. His makes were third-most, with Portland State’s Brian Towne owning the record with 12 in a 1998 game against Idaho State. As a team, Eastern was two made 3-pointers from the Big Sky record of 20, but its 43 attempts were a record.

 

Blocked Shots Totals High Too

With 120 blocked shots for the 2010-11 season, Eastern finished only 10 blocked shots away from the school record of 130 set in 2006. A trio of current Eastern players recorded three of the top 11 single season performances in school history including Tremayne Johnson (35, third), Cliff Ederaine (34, tied for fourth) and Laron Griffin (28, tied for 11th).

In their careers thus far, Griffin ranks sixth in school history with 51. Ederaine (42) and Johnson (38) are one and five blocked shots, respectively, shy of making their way onto the top 10 list.

 

Wide Gap in Fouls and Free Throws Thus Far

In most statistical categories, the Eagles have held their own against three opponents thus far. But the glaring difference has been in fouls and free throws, yielding a deficit of 48 points at the charity stripe in six games (8.0 points per game).

Eastern has been whistled for 150 fouls, compared to 112 for opponents. Eastern players have fouled out on 12 occasions already, compared to four for opponents. The result has been 127-of-192 free throw shooting by opponents, compared to a 79-of-105 mark for EWU.

Senior forward Laron Griffin, who set the school record with 114 personal fouls a year ago, has fouled in four games so far (as has Cliff Ederaine) and has 28 of a possible 30 fouls. Griffin is averaging only 20.7 minutes per game, but has scored 41 points (6.8 per game) and grabbed 40 rebounds (6.7) thus far. 

 

Hayford’s First Eastern Win Has South Dakota Connections

Coming full circle, Jim Hayford’s first win as Eastern Washington’s head coach came in a 70-61 win on Nov. 15 over South Dakota. South Dakota was directed by veteran head coach Dave Boots, who has won nearly 500 games in 23-plus seasons at the helm of the Coyotes. In fact, in the 1999-2000 season, Boots’ South Dakota squad knocked off Hayford’s University of Sioux Falls team 95-73. Hayford went on to finish 15-15 in his first season as a collegiate head coach, while the Coyotes finished 22-6.

“I’ll always remember my first win at Eastern was against South Dakota,” said Hayford. “It’s kind of poetic because my first head coaching job was in South Dakota.”

Chiverton Has Impressive Debut

Junior college transfer Collin Chiverton opened his Eastern career in a big way, scoring 25 points in Eastern’s 77-69 loss at Gonzaga on Nov. 11. For the season, he is averaging a team-leading 15.7 points per game while making 21-of-46 3-point shots for 45.7 percent. He has made just 10-of-38 shots inside the arc for 26.3 percent).

A former redshirt at GU rival Saint Mary’s in California, Chiverton made 6-of-12 shots from the 3-point arc and 8-of-24 shots from the field against Gonzaga. He scored 25 again in EWU’s 70-61 win over South Dakota, making 9-of-21 shots overall and 6-of-13 from the 3-point arc. He added a third 20-point performance with 20 points in EWU’s 89-72 upset of Hawai’i on Nov. 19.

Chiverton’s debut versus GU was the best for an Eagle since Eastern moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season. The previous best came a year ago when Chiverton’s Eastern teammate Tremayne Johnson scored 21 in a 67-60 loss at San Jose State. Interestingly, current Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey scored only 14 points in his debut against Pacific Lutheran in the 2005-06 season. Chiverton’s scoring output was also the second-best season-opening performance by an Eagle since David Peed scored 29 points on Nov. 25, 1989, in EWU’s 96-84 loss to BYU.

After leaving Saint Mary’s, Chiverton played one season at Salt Lake Community College before leading City College of San Francisco to the 2010-11 California Community Colleges Athletic Association title. He averaged 19 points per game as a sophomore, including an average of 30 per game in the tournament, as San Francisco finished the season 32-1 with a 27-game winning streak.

 

Colimon Doubles Career-Best Assist Outing, Has Fourth-Best Scoring Output

Senior point guard Cliff Colimon scored 17 points and had eight assists in his season-opener against Gonzaga on Nov. 11, ranking as one of the best performances in his 27-game career as an Eagle. For the season, he is averaging 12.7 points per game and ranks second in the Big Sky Conference with an average of 5.5 assists per game.

His assists total against Gonzaga doubled his previous career high of four set last season against Idaho State (1/29/11) and Sacramento State (12/29/10). His point total equaled his fourth-best output, ranking only behind last year’s performances of 21 versus Northwest University (11/18/10), 18 versus Seattle (12/15/10) and 27 in the final game of the season against Weber State (3/5/11) in the Big Sky Conference Tournament. In fact, in his last three games last season and first game this year, Colimon averaged 18.5 points per game, including victories over Montana (59-55) and Weber State (75-59), and near-misses versus Weber State (79-70) and Gonzaga (77-69).

Debut Schedule for Hayford Features Games Versus 11 Participants in 2011 National Tournaments

His debut schedule as a NCAA Division I head coach is incredibly difficult, but that doesn’t bother Jim Hayford.

The schedule for the first-year Eastern men’s basketball coach is top-heavy with perennial NCAA Tournament teams, including the likes of Gonzaga, Oregon, UCLA and Saint Mary’s.

In all, the Eagles play 15 games versus 11 NCAA Division I schools which played in national postseason tournaments in 2011. The Eagles will play all 11 of those foes on the road, as well as four league home games.

“This will be a very difficult preseason schedule,” admitted Hayford. “It’s road-heavy and the opponents are very good. But it’s also the kind of schedule we need to play to prepare ourselves to become a perpetual postseason team.”

Headlining the list of opponents are 2011 NCAA Tournament participants Gonzaga from the West Coast Conference, UCLA from the Pac-12 and Northern Colorado from the Big Sky. Eastern officially opens its season at Gonzaga on Nov. 11, and plays at UCLA on Dec. 14. The Eagles and Bears play in Greeley, Colo., on Jan. 14 and in Cheney, Wash., on Feb. 15.

The Eagles play a pair of road games against teams which played in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) a year ago – Washington State from the Pac-12 (Dec. 3) and Saint Mary’s from the WCC (Dec. 20). The Cougars won three games before losing in the semifinals to Wichita State.

A third Pac-12 foe on Eastern’s road schedule is Oregon (Nov. 17), which won last year’s College Basketball Invitational Tournament (CBI). Other EWU opponents who played in the CBI are Big Sky rivals Montana and Weber State.

The Eagles also play three teams who participated in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), including road games at Hawai’i (Nov. 22) and Idaho (Nov. 30). Northern Arizona from the Big Sky also played in the CIT in 2011.

Eastern’s other NCAA Division I non-conference games are against South Dakota (Nov. 15 at home), UC Davis (Nov. 27 at home), Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 11 on the road) and Seattle (Jan. 16 on the road). The Eagles will also play on the road in an ESPN BracketBusters game on Feb. 17 or 18.

Eastern’s Big Sky Conference slate begins Dec. 28 and Dec. 30 with road games at Montana State and Montana, respectively. The Eagles open their league home schedule on Jan. 5 versus Weber State, then host Northern Arizona two nights later. Eastern home games will begin at 6:05 p.m. Pacific time this season, except for a Sunday afternoon game versus UC Davis (1:35 p.m.).

The quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament are scheduled for March 3 at campus sites. The regular season champion will host the semifinals on March 6 and the championship game on March 7.

 

Coaches Pick Eagles to Finish Third

Whether or not the respect is warranted will be determined next March. But for now, new Eastern men’s basketball coach Jim Hayford and his team received notable respect from Big Sky Conference head coaches by being picked to finish third, the league announced on Oct. 19.

With eight returning letterwinners and several talented newcomers, Eastern was picked by the coaches to finish behind predicted winner Weber State and runner-up Montana in the league race. The Eagles were just one point ahead of fourth-place Northern Colorado, the league’s defending regular season and tournament champion.

In the media poll, Eastern was picked to finish sixth, just three points away from No. 5 Portland State. Weber State, Montana, Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona held down the first four positions.

“The coaches who have been in the conference know about this much more than me,” said Hayford, “and they are saying it looks like a very competitive conference race with many close games in store for our team.”

The top six teams in the regular season standings advance to the league’s postseason tournament, which begins March 3, 2012. Last year, Eastern finished 10-20 overall and 7-9 in the Big Sky to advance to the tournament for the first time in five years.

“Both polls pick us to be in the post-season,” added Hayford, who was 217-57 the past five seasons at NCAA Division III Whitworth University. “I hope they are correct.”

Eastern opens the 2011-12 season on Nov. 11 at Gonzaga, and its league opener is Dec. 28 at Montana State.

 

Coaches Poll
1. Weber State (8) – 64 votes
2. Montana (1) – 56
3. Eastern Washington – 42
4. Northern Colorado – 41
5. Portland State – 38
6. Northern Arizona – 35
7. Montana State – 24
8. Sacramento State – 16
9. Idaho State – 9

Media Poll
1. Weber State (19) – 210
2. Montana (4) – 193
3. Northern Colorado (1) – 141
4. Northern Arizona – 125
5. Portland State – 112
6. Eastern Washington – 109
7. Montana State – 101
8. Sacramento State – 45
9.  Idaho State – 41

 

Eagles Versus Ranked Teams

Now 1-18 versus nationally-ranked teams, Eastern narrowly lost 77-69 on Nov. 11, 2011, to a Gonzaga team ranked 23rd in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today preseason coaches' polls.

Eastern lost to Washington 98-72 on Nov. 16, 2010, and 86-57 to Gonzaga on Nov. 30, 2010, in EWU’s other recent games against nationally-ranked teams. Washington was ranked 17th by Associated Press and 15th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll, and Gonzaga was 24th by the coaches.

In the 2009-10 season, the Eagles fell 94-52 to Gonzaga on Dec. 28, 2009. 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’s list versus nationally-ranked teams includes 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.
11/11/11 vs. #23 Gonzaga – L, 69-77

11/30/10 vs. #24 (ESPN/USA Today) Gonzaga - L, 57-86
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

 

Hayford Enters First Season as Head Coach

After spending 10 seasons building nearby Whitworth University into a NCAA Division III powerhouse, Jim Hayford was announced as Eastern’s new head men’s basketball coach on March 29, 2011. He becomes Eastern’s 17th head coach in history and ninth at the NCAA Division I level (since 1983-84).

In his tenure at the helm of the Pirates, Hayford had a record of 217-57 and a winning percentage of .792. He coached the Pirates to eight 20-win seasons, six appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament (including the last five seasons in a row), five Northwest Conference titles, three NCAA DIII Sweet 16 appearances (2008, 2010, 2011) and one Elite Eight appearance (2011).

Hayford, 43, earned five NWC Coach of the Year awards and was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as the West Region Coach of the Year in both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. In Hayford’s final two years at Whitworth, the Pirates were 54-5 overall and 31-1 in league play. Whitworth was ranked 21-consecutive times in the D3hoops.com NCAA Division III rankings over Hayford’s final three seasons at Whitworth.

During his 10 seasons leading the Pirates, Hayford coached six Northwest Conference Players of the Year – Bryan Depew (2003), Lance Pecht (2006), Bryan Williams (2007), Ryan Symes (2008), Nate Montgomery (2010) and Michael Taylor (2011). During the same period, 25 Whitworth players earned All-NWC honors, including 18 first-team selections.

Including his two seasons at Sioux Falls (1999-2001), Hayford’s win-loss record is 254-84 (.751) in 12 seasons as a head coach. His career winning percentage ranks among the top 10 among all active NCAA Division III coaches.

Whitworth spent three weeks in the 2010-11 season ranked No. 1 in the D3hoops.com NCAA Division III rankings, including the top ranking at the end of the regular season. The Pirates set a school record for victories  and winning percentage in finishing 28-2 (.933), and ended the season ranked fifth nationally after losing at Wooster 76-66 on March 12, 2011. Whitworth advanced to the NCAA Division III Sectional Final (Elite Eight) for the first time in school history, while making its fifth-straight NCAA DIII Tournament appearance. The Pirates also claimed their fifth-straight NWC Tournament title.

 
 
 

SERIES HISTORY

Eastern 12-73 Versus the Pac-12 Conference; 11-53 Versus Washington State

Eastern plays three foes from the Pac-12 Conference this season – Oregon, Washington State and UCLA -- and is currently 12-73 versus teams from that league. Earlier this season, Eastern lost 73-65 to Oregon for its 12th-straight loss versus current teams from the league.

Following a 67-61 loss at Washington State on Nov. 16, 2009, the Eagles are now 11-53 in the all-time series against Washington State, to go along with a 1-11 record all-time against Washington. Eastern is 0-8 against other members of the Pac-12, giving the Eagles a 12-73 record all-time against that league. Since Eastern moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season, EWU is 2-32.

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 50-10 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 meetings against the Pac-12 have yielded losses to Oregon (73-65 on Nov. 17, 2011 and 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) and Oregon State (58-50 on Dec. 19, 2000 and 78-62 on Dec. 15, 1999).

Against new members of the Pac-12, the Eagles are 0-2. Eastern has lost twice to Colorado (79-61 on Dec. 18, 1999 and 87-67 on Dec. 2, 1994) and has never played Utah. Eastern has also never played UCLA, USC, Arizona State or Stanford.

Here is a list of the previous meetings against Washington State since EWU became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season:

12/14/85 - L - Washington State - 71-80 – A
11/27/87 - L - Washington State - 46-68 – N
11/26/88 - L - Washington State - 47-55 – N
12/11/89 - L - Washington State - 42-81 – A
12/10/91 - L - Washington State - 59-80 – H
12/12/92 - L - Washington State - 66-83 – A
11/29/94 - L - Washington State - 59-87 – A
11/26/95 - L - Washington State - 58-90 – A
12/7/96 - L - Washington State - 46-80 – H
12/22/97 - W - Washington State - 83-82 (ot) – N
12/5/98 - L - Washington State - 72-91 – H
11/9/07 - L - Washington State - 41-68 – A
11/16/09 - L - Washington State – 61-67 - A

 

Here is a list of the previous meetings against Washington:
12/13/89 - L - Washington - 58-74 - A
11/25/94 - L - Washington - 48-64 - A
11/28/95 - L - Washington - 55-74 - H
12/29/96 - L - Washington - 54-81 - A
12/14/02 - W - Washington - 62-58 - A
11/29/03 - L - Washington - 91-104 - A
12/05/04 - L - Washington - 56-89 - A
12/16/05 - L - Washington - 74-91 - A
11/24/06 - L - Washington - 83-90 - A
11/18/07 - L - Washington - 68-82 - A
12/20/08 - L - Washington - 50-83 - A
11/16/10 - L - Washington - 72-98 - A

 

Here is a list of the previous meetings against other members of the Pac-10 Conference since EWU became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season:
12/2/94 - L - Colorado - 67-87 - A
11/25/98 - L - California - 63-94 – A
12/15/99 - L - Oregon State - 62-78 - A
12/18/99 - L - Colorado - 61-79 - A
12/19/00 - L - Oregon State - 50-58 - A
11/16/01 - L - California - 27-56 - A
12/28/04 - L -  Arizona - 45-79 - A
12/15/06 - L - Oregon - 74-100 - A
11/17/11 - L - Oregon - 65-73 - A

Last Time Versus Washington State . . . Eagles Start and Finish Fast, But Fall to Cougars 67-61

Eastern used defense to open an early lead and an offensive burst to pull within one in the final minute, but Washington State was able to squeak out a 67-61 non-conference college basketball victory over the Eagles Nov. 16, 2009, at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash.

The Eagles rallied with a 15-5 run late in the game to pull within one at 62-61 with 1:04 left. But the Cougars sandwiched a three-pointer and two free throws in the final 44 seconds around an Eagle turnover to score the final five points of the game. The Eagles and Cougars both made 42 percent of their shots in the game, but EWU had a 39-32 rebounding edge.

The Eagles led in the first half 17-9, but an 11-0 Cougar run early in the second half helped WSU take command until the final minutes. Eastern had 14 turnovers in the game and the Cougars had a 20-10 advantage at the free throw line.

Eastern trailed just 39-35 when the Cougars took command with an 11-0 run. Eastern went 4:44 without scoring as WSU took a 50-35 advantage. Eastern still trailed 57-46 with 4 1/2 minutes to play before going on a furious 15-5 run to pull within a single point.

Three Cougars combined to score 55 of their team’s 67 points, including 24 by Clay Thompson, who made the crucial three-pointer with 44 seconds to play.

 
 
 
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