After Trip to Hawai’i, Eagles Host UC Davis on Sunday

Eagles looking to put together a full 40-minute game after losing second-half leads in losses to highly-regarded Gonzaga and Oregon

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Upcoming Games

EWU at Hawai'i
Tuesday, Nov. 22 - 10 p.m. Pacific
Stan Sherriff Center (10,300) - Honolulu, Hawai'i

EWU vs. UC Davis
Sunday, Nov. 27 - 1:35 p.m. Pacific
Reese Court (6,000) - Cheney, Wash.

Coverage

TV: The UC Davis game will be televised in the Spokane area and throughout Eastern Washington on SWX (SWX Digital 6.2 in Spokane, 25.3 in the Tri-Cities & 23.3 in the Yakima area; Comcast 115; Time Warner 306; Charter 287, Cable One 466).
Radio: (all EWU games) 700 ESPN "The Ticket" and http://www.espnnorthwest.com
Radio via iPhone App: Search for “Spokane Radio” and download app
Webcasts: (All home games and all Big Sky Conference games) http://www.bigskytv.org; (Hawai'i) CLICK HERE
Live Stats:  (Hawaii) CLICK HERE; (UC Davis) CLICK HERE


 

Despite the competition, close isn’t enough for new Eastern Washington University men’s basketball coach Jim Hayford.

Coming off a frustrating 73-65 loss at Oregon on Nov. 17, the 1-2 Eagles head for Hawai’i to face the 1-1 Rainbow Warriors of the Western Athletic Conference on Tuesday (Nov. 22). That game takes place at the 10,300-seat Stan Sheriff Center, and will begin at 10 p.m. Pacific time.

Following that contest, Eastern has a post-Thanksgiving home game on Sunday (Nov. 27) against UC Davis of the Big West Conference in a game that begins at 1:35 p.m. Pacific time at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The Aggies are currently 1-4 heading into a home game Tuesday versus Big Sky member Sacramento State.

The radio broadcast of both EWU games, featuring play-by-play announcer Dennis Patchin, may be heard on 700-AM ESPN "The Ticket", via the web at www.espnnorthwest.com and via iPhone application (search for “Spokane Radio” and download the free app). Sunday’s game will also be carried in the Spokane area and throughout Eastern Washington on SWX (SWX Digital 6.2 in Spokane, 25.3 in the Tri-Cities & 23.3 in the Yakima area; Comcast 115; Time Warner 306; Charter 287, Cable One 466).

Eastern had a nine-point second half lead versus the Ducks evaporate, as the Eagles went 7:42 without a field goal down the stretch, turning a 56-53 lead into a 69-61 deficit in that span. The game was Eastern’s third in seven days, including a season-opening 77-69 loss at 23rd-ranked Gonzaga on Nov. 11. Eastern held four leads in the second half versus GU – its last with 6:48 to play -- and nearly pulled off an upset in the EWU coaching debut for Hayford.

“We’ll find a way to make ourselves better,” Hayford vowed after the Oregon loss. “We need to keep teaching and be consistent. We need to show our team, ‘here is what winning looks like and here is what losing looks like, and you need to play like a winner.’”

The Rainbow Warriors lost to Gonzaga 73-54 in Vancouver, B.C. last Saturday (Nov. 19) after opening the season with an 86-67 victory over Cal State Northridge on Nov. 14. Eastern is 0-4 all-time against Hawai’i, with the first meeting occurring in 1953 and the latest in 2008.

“We’re up against a really good team,” Hayford said of the Rainbow Warriors.

In Eastern’s lone win this season – a 70-61 win over South Dakota in Hayford’s home debut on Nov. 15 at Reese Court -- Collin Chiverton scored 25 points for the second-straight game. Cliff Ederaine added a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds, to go along with a career-high five assists, in the win over the Coyotes. Eastern led three times by 17 points in the second half before settling for the nine-point victory.

“I told them congratulations on the win and went back to teaching because that’s not how you close out a game,” Hayford said. “We went through about eight teaching points because it was a very teachable moment. I think the last thing I said to them was ‘I want to coach you to be your best.’ And of course they were happy when I was done talking to them so they could celebrate the win.”

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 eight returning letterwinners, including six who combined to start 125 games a year ago. He also has available five newcomers, plus three players who will redshirt the 2011-12 season. 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

About Hawai’i

The Rainbow Warriors opened the season with an 86-67 victory over Cal State Northridge on Nov. 14, then followed that with a 73-54 loss to Gonzaga last Saturday (Nov. 19) on a neutral floor in Vancouver, B.C. Zane Johnson, a 6-foot-6 guard, has averaged 18.0 points thus far, including 24 versus Cal State Northridge and 12 against Gonzaga. Freshman Shaquille Stokes scored 17 against Gonzaga and is averaging 15.5 points per game thus far. Six-foot-7 Trevor Wiseman and 6-10 Vander Joaquim are both averaging in double figures in rebounds, and are adds 11.0 and 9.0 points per game, respectively. Johnson averaged 15.8 points and Joaquim averaged 9.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game a year ago when Hawai’i finished 19-13 overall and 8-8 in the WAC.

 

About UC Davis

The Aggies have played an ambitious schedule already, and Tuesday’s game against Sacramento will be their sixth in a 12-day span. Most recently, UC Davis fell at Stanford 70-49, and before that, picked up its first win of the season with an 84-78 triumph over UC Santa Cruz on Nov.15. The Aggies lost on back-to-back-to-back nights against Southern Utah (76-75), Bryant (70-63) and San Diego State (89-74) to open the season.

Six-foot-9 sophomore guard/forward Josh Ritchart is averaging 16.0 points per game thus far, and 6-4 junior guard Ryan Sypkens is averaging 14.5 points and 5.0 rebounds. They have combined for 27 of the team’s 45 3-point shots made thus far. They averaged 7.9 and 9.7 points per game a year ago, respectively, as the Aggies finished 10-20 overall and 4-12 in the Big West.


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 106 3-pointers made in his career to rank fifth, his 263 attempts are ninth and his .388 percentage ranks 10th. Fellow junior Kevin Winford has 102 makes to rank seventh and his 297 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 2002). In his career, Forbes has made what would be a school record at 87.6 percent (106-of-121), but he is five attempts shy to meet the minimum of two free throw attempts per game. Winford’s 84.8 percent (56-of-66) would rank third had he met the minimums (he has 66 and would need 116). 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 three-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 2010-11season, 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 48. Ederaine and Johnson are both six blocked shots 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 49 points at the charity stripe in three games (16.3 points per game).

Eastern has been whistled for 80 fouls, compared to 48 for opponents. Eastern players have fouled out on 10 occasions already, compared to just one for opponents. The result has been 73-of-107 free throw shooting by opponents, compared to a 27-of-39 mark for EWU.

Senior forward Laron Griffin, who set the school record with 114 personal fouls a year ago, has fouled out of all three games so far. He is averaging only 17.3 minutes per game, but has scored 18 points (6.0 per game) and grabbed 14 rebounds (4.7) in three games 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. 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. 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.

His 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.

 

Ederaine Records Second Career Double-Double in Win Over South Dakota

Senior forward Cliff Ederaine had his second career double-double on Nov. 15 in a 70-61 victory over South Dakota. He finished with 15 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a pair of blocked shots. He made all six of his field goals and 3-of-4 free throws after making just 45.6 percent of his charity shots and 46.7 percent of his field goals last season.

Ederaine’s other double-double came 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.

 

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. His assists total 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 0-4 Versus Hawai’i

Eastern is 0-4 all-time against Hawai’i, including a 75-55 road loss on Dec. 13, 2008. Two of the meetings came on back-to-back nights at Hawai’i – 82-67 on Feb. 26, 1970, and 86-64 the very next night. The first game of the series came in Cheney on Dec. 7, 1953, and Hawai’i handed EWU a 46-42 loss.

 

Eastern 12-73 Versus the Pac-12 Conference; 0-2 Versus Ducks

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 12-72 record all-time against that league. Since Eastern moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season, EWU is 2-31.

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

 
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