Eagles Back on Road for Final Non-Conference Tune-Up

Eastern visits UC Davis on Monday before starting conference play three nights later

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Upcoming Games

Monday, Dec. 17 - The Pavilion (5,913) - Davis, Calif.
7 p.m. - Eastern Washington (2-7) at UC Davis (1-5 entering 12/15 game)

 

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Experience, experience, experience.

That’s what Eastern Washington University men’s basketball coach Jim Hayford hopes his team continues to receive when the Eagles close out their pre-conference schedule with a road game at UC Davis this Monday (Dec. 17) at 7 p.m. Pacific time in Davis, Calif.

The Eagles will enter the game with a 2-7 overall mark after going 1-2 on a recent three-game homestand. The Aggies enter its match-up at Stanford on Saturday (Dec. 15) with a 1-5 record, having defeated Sacramento State from the Big Sky Conference 87-76 on the road on Nov. 20.

The Eagles had a successful home opener Nov. 30 with a 79-75 win over Cal State Fullerton, but then lost 81-79 in overtime to Idaho on Dec. 6 and 75-69 to Seattle on Dec. 10. Conference play is a week away, and the Eagles will host Weber State on Dec. 20 at 6:05 p.m. Pacific time, then host Idaho State two days later at 2:05 p.m.

The radio broadcast of all Eastern games is on 700-AM ESPN, via the web at www.700espn.com and via iPhone application (search for “700 ESPN” and download the free app). The broadcast is also available via www.tunein.com and tunein’s mobile phone app. Larry Weir returns for his 20th year as the play-by-play voice of the Eagles.

Eastern’s starting lineup the last three games has included a quartet of newcomers – transfers Martin Seiferth (Oregon) and Justin Crosgile (St. Joseph’s) along with freshmen Venky Jois and Thomas Reuter. Hayford knows there is talent, but also some growing pains.

“The same thing we do every night is get more experience,” said Hayford. “It’s hard with some of these younger guys -- Martin played 50 minutes at Oregon and sat out last year, Thomas and Venky are true freshmen, and Parker (Kelly) is a sophomore.

“We are playing a lot of underclassmen,” he continued. “They are playing a lot harder than they did in high school so they are growing. But there is a difference between (how hard they played in high school) and what you need to do to be successful (at this level). To be on the other side of these games, (losses like the Seattle game) have to happen to you a few times for you to realize, ‘I have to play harder than that.’”

In the loss to Seattle, the Redhawks made 50 percent of their shots from the field while the Eagles made only 37 percent. It was the fifth time this season Eastern has made less than 40 percent of its shots from the field. The Eagles have made just 39.8 percent for the season, and are 2-0 when they’ve made at least 45 percent and 0-7 when they are under that mark.

Eastern played the Aggies a year ago in Hayford’s debut season. Thanks to a 19-1 run in the second half, the Eagles won the first-ever meeting between the two schools 79-59 in Cheney. The lone common opponent for both teams this season is Idaho – UC Davis lost in Moscow, Idaho, on Dec. 1 by a 73-66 score.

 

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Quick Shots

* Eastern’s game with Idaho on Dec. 6 was the 100th in the Eastern career of senior guard Jeffrey Forbes, who has now scored 899 points in his Eastern career. Later this season, he could break Marc Axton’s (2002-05) school record of 119 games played. Forbes has averaged 31.1 minutes per game in his Eastern career with 90 starts. He ranks ninth in school history wit­­­h 108 career steals, and is also fourth in 3-pointers made (150) and attempted (398).

* True freshman forward Venky Jois from Boronia, Australia, has had five double-doubles in his last six games, including 14 points and 12 rebounds in his most recent outing versus Seattle on Dec. 10. Two games earlier, he had his best game as an Eagle with 22 points and 13 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton in EWU’s 79-75 win on Nov. 30 to earn Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors. He made 10-of-14 shots from the floor in that game, and for the season Jois is averaging 33.7 minutes, 13.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocked shots, 1.2 steals and 1.0 assists per game. He leads the league in rebounding and ranks 48th in NCAA Division I (through Dec. 9). Earlier in the season, he was selected to the All-Tournament Team for his performances in the 2012 College Basketball Experience (CBE) Hall of Fame Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. He had a pair of double-doubles with 19 points and 11 rebounds in EWU’s 75-70 win over South Carolina Upstate and 16 points and 11 boards one game earlier in an 86-83 loss to Utah Valley. Jois came to Eastern after winning a pair of MVP awards in Australia. He was the Bob Staunton 2012 U-20 National Championship MVP, after leading the Victoria State Team to the championship and an unbeaten record. Saint Mary’s College and NBA standout Patty Mills won the Bob Staunton MVP Award in 2006 and 2007. In addition, Jois was the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) Youth Player of the Year in 2011, an award given to the top under-23 player and previously won by college and NBA standouts Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut.

* Senior Collin Chiverton, last year’s Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year, hasn’t played in Eastern’s last three games following the death of a close friend in San Francisco. Previously, his mother passed away just as the season began. “Collin will be rejoining our team between now and Christmas,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. “He has gone through the most difficult two months of his life. I respect how he has addressed all the issues with great help from many people. He has been able to take care of his important coursework during this time away. I believe 2013 will be a great year for Collin.” Chiverton hasn’t played since Nov. 23, as he has scored 51 points in his last three games after scoring just 15 in EWU’s first three outings. Included are a pair of 19-point performances to hike his average to 11.0 for the season. Foul trouble has hindered him this season, and he scored 19 points in just 18 minutes before fouling out with 6:20 to play against South Carolina Upstate in EWU’s 75-70 win. One game later, he made 7-of-15 attempts from the field, including 4-of-12 3-point attempts, versus Santa Clara for his second-straight 19-point game. His performances were his best since scoring 20 versus UC Irvine on Feb. 18 last season.  A year ago, he had 12 20-point performances, but was slowed late in the year with injuries.

* The Eagles lead the Big Sky in offensive rebounds with an average of 13.3 per game. Martin Seiferth is the individual leader with an average of 3.1, with Venky Jois ranking fourth at 2.7 per outing. A year ago, Eastern averaged 12.0 offensive boards per game to lead the league.

* The Eagles are also leading the league in 3-pointers made per game (9.8) while attempting an average of 28.3 per game.  Eastern’s average of 10.3 3-pointers made per game ranked second in NCAA Division I through games of Dec. 9. Last year, when EWU set school records with 283 makes and 793 attempts, Eastern averaged 8.8 made treys per game on an average of 24.8 attempts.

* Eastern is now second in the Big Sky Conference in blocked shots, with 43 already for an average of 4.8 per game. The Eagles had a school record 130 in the 2005-06 season (4.3 average per game).

* A trio of Eagles are currently leading the Big Sky Conference in statistical categories. Venky Jois leads in rebounds (9.3), Justin Crosgile leads in assists (6.0) and 3-pointers made per game (3.2), and Martin Seiferth is tops in field goal percentage (.636) and second in blocked shots (2.4). Through games of Dec. 9, Crosgile’s average of 6.1 assists ranked 20th in NCAA Division I and his average of 3.38 3-pointers was 15th. Also, Seiferth was 17th nationally in blocked shots (2.8 average) and Jois was 48th in rebounding (9.0). In addition, Crosgile leads the Big Sky in minutes played (36.8) and Jois leads the league with five double-doubles (15th nationally when he had four).

* Three Eagles rank in the top nine in school history in career 3-pointers made. Jeffrey Forbes is fourth (152), Kevin Winford is fifth (117) and Collin Chiverton is ninth (103). In attempts, Forbes is fourth (405) and Winford (350) is fifth, and Chiverton is seventh in career 3-point field goal percentage (41.0).

* The Eagles have been picked to finish as high as third in the 2012-13 Big Sky Conference preseason men’s basketball polls released Oct. 18. The media have picked the Eagles to finish third, and the coaches selected Eastern sixth. Defending Big Sky champion Montana has been selected first in both polls.

 
 

More Game Notes

* The EWU men’s basketball team played its first six games away from home, but now is playing five of six in an improved Reese Court setting. Eastern is playing its home games for the 38th season at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. But last spring new premium seating was added on the scorer’s table/team benches side, and the wooden bleachers were moved to the ends of the court. In addition, a new video board has been added to the existing scoreboard at Reese Court this fall, and made its debut on Nov. 30.

* It’s obvious, Eastern’s transfers were anxious to play again after having to watch the 2011-12 season from the bench. Both Justin Crosgile (St. Joseph’s) and Martin Seiferth (Oregon) had to sit out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. Thus far, Crosgile is averaging a team-leading 15.8 points and a Big Sky-leading 6.0 assists, as well as 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. Seiferth is averaging 8.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game. With early-season performances of 28 and 27 points, respectively, they just missed a spot on Eastern’s all-time leading scorers list, with 30 points scored by 10 different players to rank 39th.

* In Eastern’s season-opening 88-70 loss at Washington State, junior point guard Justin Crosgile, a transfer from St. Joseph’s, had 28 points and five assists in his Eagle debut in a losing effort. Crosgile made 9-of-24 shots, including 7-of-17 3-point attempts. He also had four rebounds, but made just 3-of-14 shots in the first half, making him 6-of-10 after intermission. Crosgile’s performance was the highest-scoring debut for an Eagle since EWU moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season. Last year, his Eagle teammate Collin Chiverton scored 25 against Gonzaga, and the previous most was scored the year before by Tremayne Johnson with 21 versus San Jose State. Interestingly, current Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey scored only 14 points in his debut against Pacific Lutheran in the 2005-06 season. Crosgile’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. Versus Cal State Northridge on Nov. 12, Crosgile had 18 points, five rebounds and seven assists.

* The Eagles went 1-5 on a season-opening six-game road stretch, including four games in six nights in California. With eight newcomers blending together with six letter winners (not including redshirts), the Eagles have had a lot of highs and lows on the trip. Eastern’s lone win was a 75-70 victory over South Carolina Upstate, a team that won 20 games a year ago and played in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Eagles lost to another 20-game winner and CIT participant, Utah Valley, by just three points (86-83). Eastern led 43-32 at halftime against Utah Valley, and even had a 31-26 lead late in the first half of an 85-66 loss on Nov. 18 to Saint Mary’s – a NCAA Tournament participant a year ago. In EWU’s third game in four nights in California, astern fell 89-74 to an unbeaten Santa Clara squad.

* Three Eagles who played for the highly-successful City College of San Francisco basketball team returned to the Bay Area for a quartet of games in November. Collin Chiverton is from San Jose, and Ivan Dorsey and Garrett Moon are both from San Francisco. That trio helped lead CCSF to the 2010-11 California Community Colleges Athletic Association title and finish 32-1. San Francisco finished the season with a 27-game winning streak, and was a perfect 12-0 to win the Coast-North title. The year after, Dorsey and Moon (who is redshirting this season) led the Rams to a 27-3 record, meaning those two players were on the winning end of 54 of 59 games in junior college. Chiverton also returned to his former college on the trip -- he redshirted the 2008-09 season while at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. In last year’s 77-61 loss to the Gaels, Chiverton scored 18 points for EWU. He had seven points in just 15 minutes before fouling out in this year’s meeting.

* With the addition of North Dakota and Southern Utah into the Big Sky Conference, Eastern’s league slate will include 20 games for the first time. The Big Sky Conference Tournament will take place March 14-16 at the site of the regular season champion. After being a six-team affair for most of its history, it will now include seven teams, with the regular season champion receiving a first-round bye. The tournament will include a quarterfinal round with six of the teams playing, followed by semifinals and the championship game.

* In all, Eastern’s 2012-13 schedule includes 10 games versus eight schools who participated in national postseason tournaments a year ago. Eastern will play six games against those opponents on the road, and four games at home. Two appeared in the NCAA Tournament – Saint Mary’s (Nov. 18 on the road) and Montana (Jan. 3 on the road and Feb. 2 at home). Washington State (Nov. 10 on the road) played in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament, and lost to Pittsburgh 89-69 in the championship game. The other five postseason opponents on EWU’s schedule were all in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Weber State (Dec. 20 at home and March 9 on the road), Idaho (Dec. 6 at home) and South Carolina Upstate (Nov. 21 on the road) advanced to the second round. Utah Valley (Nov. 20 on the road) and Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 30 at home) played in the first round.

* The preseason for the Eagles consisted of a 96-70 victory over Concordia, as well as a closed-door scrimmage two weeks earlier. Eastern also went on a six-game, seven-day trek across British Columbia in September. NCAA Division I schools are allowed to make one preseason foreign trip every four years, including up to 10 practices and six games. Of the 15 players on his roster, 14 of them played during the tour. In winning six games in six nights, the Eagles had a different leading scorer each night. On the floor, the trip helped Hayford blend together returning letterwinners, redshirts, four-year transfers, a junior college transfer and lots of incoming high school players. It also helped develop camaraderie and a team-first attitude among a melting pot of a roster consisting of Germans, Australians and Americans from five different states.

* After losing four seniors to graduation from his first Eastern team, Hayford’s 2012-13 squad will return two starters and four other returning letterwinners. His team also includes three players who redshirted last season – featuring a pair of NCAA Division I transfers – with six newcomers rounding out his squad. One guard and three players 6-7 or taller were lost from last year’s team.

* Eastern finished 15-17 overall and was 8-8 in Big Sky Conference play to finish fourth, and the Eagles hosted and won their first Big Sky Conference Tournament game since 2006. Eastern improved by five victories from the year before, as the Eagles equaled their most wins since Eastern made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004.

* Eastern’s games versus Washington State, Utah Valley, South Carolina Upstate and Santa Clara are all part of the 2012 College Basketball Experience (CBE) Hall of Fame Classic. The WSU game took place in Pullman, Wash., and the other three will be played in Santa Clara, Calif., as part of the CBE Classic, which is hosted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

 
 

EWU vs. UC Davis Series Notes

* The Eagles and Aggies have met once before, with EWU using a 19-1 run to win 79-59 on Nov. 27, 2012, in Cheney, Wash.

* In last year’s meeting, senior Cliff Ederaine had career highs of 23 points and seven assists as the Eagles surged past UC Davis in the second half for a 79-59 victory. Ederaine was one of four Eagles to score in double figures, as the Eagles used a 19-1 run in the second half to turn a 46-all tie into a rout. Eastern made 60 percent of its shots in the second half en route to its best shooting night of the season at 48.1 percent. UC Davis was held to 35.4 percent shooting and had 17 turnovers. Senior forward Tremayne Johnson came off the bench to score 13 points versus the Aggies – including 11 in the second half. Starting senior point guard Cliff Colimon finished with 13 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals, and senior forward Laron Griffin added 11 points and three blocked shots. Eastern opened a seven-point lead early in the second half, but the Aggies rallied to knot it at 46-all at the 13:23 mark. The Eagles held UC Davis without a field goal for nearly eight minutes, as EWU opened a 65-47 lead with 6:39 remaining following its 19-1 run.

 
 

Records Watch

* Sophomore center Martin Seiferth broke a school record that stood for 25 years with seven blocked shots in a 96-79 loss to Cal State Northridge on Nov. 12. Seiferth, who also had 27 points and 17 rebounds in the game, broke the previous record of six set by Dexter Griffen versus Idaho State on Jan. 2, 1987. Seiferth’s 17 rebounds are the sixth-best recorded performance all-time at Eastern. The sophomore from Berlin, Germany, just missed a spot on Eastern’s all-time leading scorers list, with 30 points scored by 10 different players to rank 39th. One game earlier, teammate Justin Crosgile scored 28 points against Washington State.

* Senior guard Jeffrey Forbes has played in101 games to rank 12th in school history, and could break Marc Axton’s (2002-05) school record of 119 games played. A 90-game starter, Forbes has averaged 31.1 minutes per game in his Eastern career. He ranks ninth in school history wit­­­h 108 career steals, just three from reaching No. 8. He is also fourth in 3-pointers made (152) and attempted (405). He is 32 makes and 94 attempts away from school records. In his career at the free throw line, Forbes has made what would be a school record at 88.2 percent (149-of-169), but he is 33 attempts shy to meet the minimum of two free throw attempts per game. Forbes set a single season school record for free throw percentage (.900, 54-of-60) as a sophomore. He also made 55 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season to rank as the 11th-most in Eastern history (now 13th entering the 2012-13 season).

* Senior guard Kevin Winford has played in 97 career games, and is just nine from a spot on Eastern’s top 10 all-time list. He ranks in the top 10 on several Eastern season and career lists for 3-point shooting. On career charts, his 117 makes and his 350 attempts both rank fifth. Winford made 66 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season to rank fifth (now sixth) in single season school history, and his 187 attempts were fourth (now fifth). He owns school records for single game 3-pointers made (10) and attempted (23) when he finished with 39 points – fifth-best in school history – in his sophomore season against New Hope (12/4/10).

* Senior forward Collin Chiverton and his 102 3-pointers rank ninth on EWU’s top 10 career list, and his 251 attempts are 22 away. In the five seasons he has played since his junior year in high school, teams that Chiverton has played on have won 131 of 172 games for a .762 winning percentage. His junior college and high school teams won 114 of 131 games (87 percent).

 
 

Recent Game Summaries

* Eastern withstood the full-court pressure of Seattle the best it could, but the Redhawks out-shot EWU significantly and defeated the Eagles 75-69 Dec. 10 in a non-conference game at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. Seattle made 50 percent of its shots from the field while the Eagles made only 37 percent. Eastern freshman Venky Jois had his fifth double-double in the last six games, finishing with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Justin Crosgile added 15 points and sophomore Parker Kelly came off the bench to finish with 14. Eastern’s shooting woes included a 6-of-27 performance from the 3-point arc for 22 percent. Kelly made just 1-of-8 3-pointers, senior starter Jeffrey Forbes was just 1-of-5 and senior sharpshooter Jordan Hickert made only one of four.

* In a closely-contested game, Idaho defeated Eastern 81-79 in overtime Dec. 6 in a non-conference game at Reese Court. Eastern junior guard Justin Crosgile scored 26 points, including eight 3-pointers, in a losing effort that also included eight rebounds and four assists. He hit a trey to help send the game into overtime, and another 3-pointer to give EWU a lead in overtime. But a jumper in the lane with 21 seconds left in overtime by Mansa Habeeb turned out to be the winning points for the Vandals after Crosgile missed a trey with five seconds remaining. Eastern freshman forward Venky Jois had  a double-double – his fourth in his last five games – with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore center Martin Seiferth added 10 points and three rebounds, and freshman forward Thomas Reuter chipped in 11 points, five rebounds and three steals. Eastern was out-rebounded 55-34, including 21 Vandal offensive boards that led to 17 second-chance points. Eastern had just four turnovers, and forced 13 leading to 21 points off turnovers. The game featured 22 lead changes and eight ties, and the Eagles held a 34-33 advantage at halftime after Crosgile hit a 3-pointer. That ignited a 19-0 Eastern run, and the Eagles led by 17 at 50-33 with 15:53 remaining. The Vandals went 6:19 without scoring in that stretch. But Idaho responded with a 15-0 run of its own, and regained the lead at 54-53 with 9:02 left in the game. Eastern went scoreless for 4:57 in that stretch. Idaho took a five-point lead at the 2:47 mark, but a basket by Jois and Crosgile’s triple sent the game into overtime.

* It was a coming out party for a trio of EWU newcomers as the Eagles defeated Cal State Fullerton 79-75 on Nov. 30 in Eastern’s home debut at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.  The Eagles out-scored the Titans 40-29 in the second half, and held them to 28 percent shooting after intermission, including just 1-of-10 3-point field goals. Freshman forward Venky Jois and junior guard Justin Crosgile each had double-doubles for the Eagles. Jois finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double in the last four games. Crosgile, a transfer from St. Joseph’s, had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. He made two huge baskets late in the game, as he recorded his first double-double of the season. After Crosgile hit a driving layin to give EWU a four-point advantage with 1:26 to play, senior Jeffrey Forbes helped clinch the win by making five of six free throws in the last 28.2. Parker Kelly, who had a season-high 12 for the Eagles, closed out the victory with a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds left. Freshman forward Thomas Reuter chipped in 16 points, including 13 in the second half. His previous season high was six points as he entered the game averaging 2.3 points per game. He took the place of starter Collin Chiverton, who returned to his hometown of San Francisco because of the death of a close friend. A month ago, his mother passed away.

* Read more at: http://goeags.com/sports/m-baskbl/index

 

Quoting Coach Jim Hayford

On Seattle Loss: “On a night where you shoot the ball poorly you have to rely on great defense and great ball handling, especially against a team that is pressing the entire 40 minutes. We did an above average job of a couple of those things. We did well defensively, and we did a decent job against a real good rebounding team. At the end of the day the way you win basketball games is putting the ball through the basket, and we did not shoot the ball up to the skill level I know my team can. I thought we executed well -- I didn’t think any of the 21 misses from three were bad shots. We just have to make them. I thought our preparation (for Seattle’s full-court defense) was good. But as we went through a couple sub rotations a few guys made a few mental errors, and they made us pay for that.”

On Idaho Loss: “It was a great basketball game between two very evenly-matched teams. I thought our team showed great character to force overtime. There were some great individual performances by both teams, some big shots, and some big plays. It’s hard to be on this side, but it was a great basketball game. Everything is teaching with a young team. Give Idaho credit. They had upperclassmen big guys. We had underclassmen small guys. It was a war on the boards. They had more offensive rebounds than we had defensive rebounds. It was amazing that the game was that close. It had to do with our experience in the backcourt maybe versus their experience. We took care of the ball and had good ball possession. We were two evenly-matched teams. I will be able to do a lot of teaching with our front court on showing them how to rebound a little better. The first half came down to a point, then we made a big run. Give them credit; they did not fold their chips. They came back and answered like we knew they would with a big run.”

On Cal State Fullerton Win: “Our team grew up a lot. I’m very proud of them. I’m really proud of the defensive effort we had in the second half. We talked all week how we have to put it together for 40 minutes. We felt in the six road games we showed flashes of a good team, but we hadn’t done it for 40 minutes. Against Cal State Fullerton we finished strong. We finished strong like how an Eastern football team finishes strong. It was good.”

On Aggressive Play: “I’m scrappy so I’m going to try to make them scrappy every day. That’s the only way I know how to play basketball. It’s just a truth. The team that plays harder wins. That’s the great equalizer -- there’s talent and whatever, but I hope we just get scrappier. It’s real early in the season.”

On Newcomers Jois and Crosgile:  “All of our guys have come here sold on a vision. He (Venky) came halfway around the world and Justin from the East Coast because they really, really believe we can become a winning program. We want to win. We really want to win.”

 
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