Eagles Head Back on Road to Face Big Sky Newcomer North Dakota

After first trip to Grand Forks since 1982, Eastern plays at Northern Colorado in rematch of thrillers from a year ago

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Thursday, Jan. 17 - Betty Engelstad Sioux Center (3,064) - Grand Forks, N.D.
5 p.m. Pacific - Eastern Washington (2-4/4-12) at North Dakota (2-4/5-10)

Saturday, Jan. 19 - Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (2,992) - Greeley, Colo.
6:05 p.m. Pacific - Eastern Washington at Northern Colorado

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Looking for all-important road breakthroughs, the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team travels to Grand Forks, N.D., this week to face the University of North Dakota in the first-ever Big Sky Conference game between the two schools. The game will be televised by the Midco Sports Net and will also be available on FCS Atlantic and DirecTV channel 623.

After that game on Thursday (Jan. 17), which begins at 5 p.m. Pacific time, the Eagles head for Greeley, Colo., to face Northern Colorado Saturday (Jan. 19)  in a game that starts at 6:05 p.m. Pacific time.

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 is coming off a home split in which the Eagles played excellent basketball for the first 60 minutes, but struggled in the final 20. After an 82-59 romp over Northern Arizona on Jan. 10, the Eagles fell 60-53 against Sacramento State after owning a 10-point halftime advantage.

The loss dropped Eastern to 2-4 in the league and 4-12 overall, putting Eastern into an eighth-place tie with UND and NAU in the league standings. Had they won, the Eagles would be a four-way tie for third place. Thus, just one game separates third from 10th in the league standings.

“It’s a 40 minute game, and we did not play up to our ability for 40 minutes,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford of his team coming 20 minutes shy of a home sweep.

One game earlier, Eastern played its most complete game versus the Lumberjacks and made a season-best 50 percent of its shots from the field. The Eagles had a season-high 18-point lead at intermission, then led by as many as 25 in the second half. The 23-point winning margin was Eastern’s best of the season after winning its other three games by a collective 12 points -- five, four and three points.

Senior Collin Chiverton led the Eagles with a season-high 22-point performance versus NAU in which he made 8-of-14 shots from the field. But one game later, he was just 1-of-7 versus the Hornets. Chiverton, as well as fellow seniors Jeffrey Forbes, Kevin Winford and Jordan Hickert – have had to blend with four true freshmen, a redshirt freshman, a sophomore and a junior college transfer playing their first games in Eastern uniforms.

This week, the Eagles play a North Dakota team with the same league record as the Eagles at 2-4. North Dakota is 5-15 overall, and is coming off an 86-73 victory on Jan. 12 over Montana State, a team the Eagles lost to 70-68 in overtime on Jan. 5. Both teams have also defeated Idaho State and lost to Weber State and Montana.

Currently with a five-game losing streak, Northern Colorado hosts Portland State Jan. 17 before the Eagles visit Greeley. The Bears are 1-5 in the league and 3-11 overall after dropping a pair of home games last week to Montana State (69-66) and Montana (85-77). Northern Colorado’s last win – and lone league victory thus far -- was 75-66 at North Dakota on Dec. 21. The Bears are 0-4 against common opponents with the Eagles, losing to Weber State (79-54), Idaho State (86-63), Montana State (69-66) and Montana (85-77).

Eastern hasn’t played North Dakota since Dec. 11, 1982 when EWU lost 75-71 in Grand Forks. A year earlier, the Eagles beat North Dakota 81-72 in Cheney in the only other meeting between the two schools. Last season, Eastern split a pair of nail-biters against UNC, losing 71-70 in Greeley and winning 79-76 at home later in the season.

With the league expanded to 11 teams, the Big Sky Conference Tournament includes seven teams this year and will take place Dec. 14-16 at the site of the regular season champion. The host receives a first-round bye, with the other six teams playing for the other three berths in the semifinals. A year ago, Eastern beat Idaho State 81-75 in the first round before losing to eventual champion Montana 74-66 in the semifinals.


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Quick Shots

* Entering the Sac State game on Jan. 12, Eastern was coming off three of its five best shooting efforts of the season, including a season-best 50.0 percent in an 82-59 win over Northern Arizona two nights earlier. The Eagles looked like they would be well on their way toward another high percentage with a 52 percent first half, but made only 8-of-28 in the second half for 29 percent. Eastern finished at 40 percent for the game.

* Eastern has now made 45 percent of its shots from the field in its last four games, after entering that stretch making 39.5 percent for the year. The Eagles are currently shooting at a 40.3 percent clip. En route to a season-best 50.0 percent shooting night against Northern Arizona on Jan. 10 in an 82-59 win, Eastern had a season-high 44 points inside the paint and a season-high 20 second-chance points. The Eagles had 17 offensive boards and out-rebounded the Lumberjacks 49-37.

* Eastern has held its last five opponents to a collective 38.7 percent shooting from the field, and EWU is now 4-1 when it holds opponents to 43.5 percent or less and 0-11 when it doesn’t. The Eagles made only 38.0 percent versus Idaho State on Dec. 22, but had a season-best defensive effort of 37.9 percent against the Bengals. Eastern bettered that two games later by holding Montana State to 34.5 percent, then held NAU 34.9 percent in the next game.

* Eastern’s 40-22 lead at halftime against Northern Arizona on Jan. 10 was easily its biggest halftime advantage of the season, having owned an 11-point lead at intermission against Utah Valley in November. But the loss to Utah Valley – as well as losses to Idaho on Dec. 6, Montana State on Jan. 5 and Sacramento State on Jan. 12 – came after EWU held double-digit second-half advantages.

* After leading NCAA Division I in 3-pointers made per game through games of Nov. 30, Eastern is now seventh through games of Jan. 13. The Eagles are averaging a league-leading 9.3 makes per game while attempting an average of 26.2.  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.

* Recently, true freshman Venky Jois was selected to the Collegehoopsdaily.com All-Big Sky Conference team from the first half of the season, and was also the school’s Scholar-Athlete of the Month for December. The forward from Boronia, Australia, has had seven double-doubles this season to rank 21st in NCAA Division I (through games of Jan. 13). He had 14 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots in his most recent double-double versus Northern Arizona in an 82-59 Eagle win on Jan. 10. He had his best game as an Eagle with 22 points and 13 rebounds on 10-of-14 shooting against Cal State Fullerton in EWU’s 79-75 win on Nov. 30 to earn Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors. For the season Jois is averaging 34.0 minutes, 13.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.1 blocked shots, 1.1 steals and 1.5 assists per game. He leads the league in rebounding and ranks 38th in NCAA Division I (through Jan. 13). 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.

* Eastern’s game with Idaho on Dec. 6 was the 100th in the Eastern career of senior guard Jeffrey Forbes and fellow senior Kevin Winford played in his 100th on Dec. 22 versus Idaho State. Forbes, who has now scored 949 points in his 108-game Eastern career, could break Marc Axton’s (2002-05) school record of 119 games played. Forbes has averaged 30.8 minutes per game in his Eastern career with 97 starts. He ranks eighth in school history wit­­­h 112 career steals, and is also fourth in 3-pointers made (163) and attempted (431). Winford has started 39 of the 104 games he has played (13th-most games played in school history), averaging 18.6 minutes per game. He has made 126-of-373 3-pointers in his career to rank fifth in school history in both categories, with a total of 635 points scored.

* Senior Collin Chiverton played versus Montana on Jan. 3 for his first appearance since Nov. 23. Last year’s Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year, Chiverton missed six games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 22 following the death of a close friend in San Francisco. Previously, his mother passed away just as the season began. Chiverton scored just 15 points in EWU’s first three outings, but has bumped his average to 10.9 for the season. He had a season-best 22 points against Northern Arizona on for the 13th 20-point performance of his career, and his best since a career-high 26 against Seattle on Jan. 16, 2012. Foul trouble hindered him early in the 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. A year ago, he had 12 20-point performances, but was slowed late in the year with injuries.

* Eastern is second in the Big Sky Conference in blocked shots with 82 already for an average of 5.1 per game to rank 32nd in NCAA Division I. Individual Eagles are ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in the league, with Venky Jois averaging 2.1 per game to rank 55th in NCAA Division I and Martin Seiferth averaging 1.8 to rank 85th. The Eagles had a school-record 130 in the 2005-06 season (4.3 average per game).

* The Eagles are fourth in the Big Sky in offensive rebounds with an average of 11.9 per game (Sacramento State is first at 12.4). Venky Jois is averaging 2.4 and Martin Seiferth has a 2.3 average to rank third and fourth, respectively, in the league. A year ago, Eastern averaged 12.0 offensive boards per game to lead the league.

* Three Eagles rank in the top nine in school history in career 3-pointers made. Jeffrey Forbes is fourth (163), Kevin Winford is fifth (126) and Collin Chiverton is eighth (110). In attempts, Forbes is fourth (431) and Winford (373) is fifth, and Chiverton is eighth in career 3-point field goal percentage (40.6).

* Eastern’s game versus Montana on Saturday, Feb. 2 will be Alumni Appreciation Night, and includes free tickets for alumni if registered by Jan. 31. The event includes alumni basket drawings, a team tunnel spirit lineup at halftime for children ages 4-16, a family concession bundle (four hot dogs and four sodas for $20) and a post-game poster-signing session with players. In addition, the EWU Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will have a “Furry Friends Round-Up” that night to provide new or gently used stuffed animals to local children’s organizations. The game begins at 6:05 p.m. Pacific time, and registration for the event is available at: http://alumni.ewu.edu/events


More EWU Notes

* As an illustration of their balance, the Eagles had six double figure scoring performances on the road at Montana and Montana State, but none were by the same player. Against the Grizzlies on Jan. 3, Venky Jois led the way with 16, with Collin Chiverton and Thomas Reuter coming off the bench to score 15 and 14, respectively. Two nights later at MSU, senior starters Jeffrey Forbes and Kevin Winford scored 18 and 13, respectively, and sophomore starter Martin Seiferth had 11. Four Eagles scored in double figures in EWU’s next game against Northern Arizona (Chiverton 22, Jois 14, Seiferth 13 and Forbes 11), and three against Sacramento State (Winford 12, Jois 10, Seiferth 10).

* Since becoming eligible in mid-December, Australian point guard Daniel Hill has averaged 2.3 points, 0.7 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game in an average of 11.4 minutes per game (seven total games). He had a season-high three assists in EWU’s 82-59 win over Northern Arizona on Jan. 10, and a season-high eight points in his third game as an Eagle in a 57-54 victory over Idaho State on Dec. 22.

* Senior point guard Kevin Winford had his most productive outing in two years when he finished with 13 points (on 3-of-3 shooting from the 3-point stripe) and six assists in EWU’s 70-68 overtime loss at Montana State on Jan. 5. Winford had his most points since scoring 15 versus Northern Colorado on Feb. 3, 2011. He also had his most assists since dishing out a career-high seven versus New Hope on Dec. 4, 2010 (he scored 39 points in that game with a school-record 10 3-pointers). Eastern played its second game with Winford in the lineup as starting point guard, with Justin Crosgile no longer on the team after starting the first 12 games.

* The 54 points the Eagles allowed in a three-point win over Idaho State on Dec. 22 were the fewest they surrendered by 16 – the previous best for the Eagles came in a 75-70 win over South Carolina-Upstate on Nov. 21. Eastern held the Bengals to 37.9 percent shooting from the field, which at the time was EWU’s best defensive effort of the season. The previous best was a 38.1 percent effort versus Cal State Fullerton.

* The Eagles had a season high 17 3-pointers made versus UC Davis on Dec. 17, and have attempted at least 39 3-point attempts on three occasions. Eastern had 41 versus UC Davis and a season-high 42 against Utah Valley on Nov. 20.  Eastern’s 17 3-pointers were one behind the school record of 18 set on Dec. 4, 2010, against New Hope. Eastern had a record 48 3-point attempts on Jan. 19, 1995, versus Sacramento State.

* Sophomore Parker Kelly out of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane equaled his career high with 17 points to pace the Eagles in their Dec. 17 loss at UC Davis. He made 5-of-8 3-point shots against the Aggies, and is now averaging 9.1 points per game in his last 10 games after scoring just 10 in the first five games he played. For the season, he is now averaging 6.7 points and 1.0 assists per game, while making 21-of-60 3-point shots for 35.0 percent.

* Martin Seiferth (Oregon) had to sit out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. Thus far, Seiferth is averaging 7.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game. Earlier this season he was the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week after finishing with 27 points, 17 rebounds and a school-record eight blocked shots in a 96-79 loss at Cal State Northridge.

* The Montana loss on Jan. 3 was Eastern’s first game without former starting point guard Justin Crosgile, who left the team for personal reasons to be closer to his family. Crosgile, who is from Patterson, N.J., and is a transfer from St. Joseph’s (Pa.), started EWU’s first 12 games and averaged 14.7 points, 5.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

* 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.

* 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 letterwinners (not including redshirts), the Eagles 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, Eastern 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.

* The EWU men’s basketball team 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.

* 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.

* Eastern finished 15-17 overall and was 8-8 in Big Sky Conference play to finish fourth in the 2011-12 season, 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. North Dakota Series Notes

* Eastern is 1-1 all-time against North Dakota, but hasn’t played UND since EWU moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season. Eastern hasn’t played North Dakota since Dec. 11, 1982 when EWU lost 75-71 in Grand Forks. A year earlier, the Eagles beat North Dakota 81-72 in Cheney in the only other meeting between the two schools.


EWU vs. Northern Colorado Series Notes

* The Eagles are 6-7 all-time versus UNC (4-2 in Cheney, 2-5 in Greeley), with the first meeting taking place on Dec. 20, 1971, when Eastern beat the Bears 76-68 in Greeley, Colo. Since then, all of the meetings have been with EWU as a member of NCAA Division I (since 1983-84), starting in the 2006-07 season when the Bears became a Big Sky Conference member.

* A year ago, Eastern split the season series with the Bears in a pair of games decided by a total of four points. Eastern lost 71-70 in Greeley in heart-breaking fashion as UNC won for the fifth-straight time in the series. Collin Chiverton hit the go-ahead basket with 18 seconds to play, then six ticks of the clock later was battling for a loose ball on the floor and called a timeout the Eagles didn’t have. Tate Unruh made two free throws on the technical foul, then EWU was unable to get a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds in a battle for third place in the Big Sky standings. The loss came after Eastern led for more than 16 minutes of the second half. In the rematch later in the season in Cheney, Eastern won 79-76 as Parker Kelly hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 14 seconds to play after EWU rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit. After a UNC turnover 10 seconds later, Chiverton made one of two free throws with 3.5 remaining, but UNC threw the ball away after rebounding a miss on the second shot to preserve the Eagle win.

* In the 2010-11 season, Eastern suffered a heart-breaking 75-73 home loss to the Bears on New Year’s Eve, as UNC’s Elliott Lloyd blocked a potential game-winning shot by Glen Dean with one second remaining.

* Eastern has lost the last five meetings in Greeley, having not won there since Jan. 4, 2007 (88-87).


Records Watch

* Senior guard Jeffrey Forbes has played in 108 games to rank ninth in school history, and could break Marc Axton’s (2002-05) school record of 119 games played. A 97-game starter, Forbes has averaged 30.8 minutes per game in his Eastern career. He ranks eighth in school history wit­­­h 112 career steals, just five from reaching No. 6. He is also fourth in 3-pointers made (163) and attempted (431). He is 21 makes and 68 attempts away from school records. In his career at the free throw line, Forbes has made what would be a school record at 87.9 percent (152-of-173), but he is 43 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 104 career games, and is just two 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 126 makes and his 373 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 110 3-pointers rank eighth on EWU’s top 10 career list, and his 271 attempts are two away from the No. 11 position. In the five seasons he has played since his junior year in high school, teams that Chiverton has played on have won 133 of 179 games for a .743 winning percentage. His junior college and high school teams won 114 of 131 games (87 percent).

* 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.


Recent Game Summaries

* Eastern had two cold stretches and that was enough for Sacramento State to pick up a huge 60-53 road win over the Eagles in a Big Sky Conference battle Jan. 12 at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.  Eastern led by 10 at intermission after a 52 percent shooting half, but then made only 2-of-13 shots to start the second half, including a 6:37 scoreless stretch. Later, Eastern was down 50-43, but then went on a 10-2 run to regain a 53-52 lead on a basket by true freshman Venky Jois with 2:23 remaining. Sophomore Martin Seiferth had a pair of three-point plays in the run, including a rebound dunk, and Jois scored the other two baskets. But Eastern missed its last four shots of the game, and Sac State closed out the scoring by making 6-of-6 free throws in the last 1:47, plus a key basket with 45 seconds left.  Senior point guard Kevin Winford finished with 12 points and six assists to lead the Eagles, with Jois and Seiferth each scoring 10. Jois also had seven rebounds, six blocked shots, two steals and two assists, and true freshman Thomas Reuter finished with five assists and a pair of steals. Jeffrey Forbes and Parker Kelly each scored eight for the Eagles, but both were scoreless in the second half.

* Senior forward Collin Chiverton scored eight points in a key 16-1 run in the first half to help the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team romp past Northern Arizona 82-79 Jan. 10 at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. Chiverton scored a season-high 22 points to lead four Eagles in double figures, with forward Venky Jois recording his seventh double-double of the season with 14 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots. Eastern made a season-best 50.0 percent of its shots from the field and held NAU to 34.9 percent – EWU’s second-best effort of the year. Six-foot-10 center Martin Seiferth made 6-of-8 shots from the field and finished with 13 points and eight rebounds for the Eagles. Senior guard Jeffrey Forbes added 11 points, four rebounds and two steals. True freshman Thomas Reuter finished with six points, six rebounds and a season-high seven assists for the Eagles, and true freshman point guard Daniel Hill came off the bench to dish out three assists. Eastern trailed early 10-2 and 17-16, but Chiverton started the 16-1 run with a 3-pointer that gave EWU the lead for good. He hit another trey, then made a pair of free throws with 4:18 to play that gave EWU a 32-18 lead. The lone points for the Lumberjacks in that stretch was a free throw at the 6:02 mark. Northern Arizona missed nine-straight shots and had four turnovers during the run. The Eagles led by as many as 25 in the second half and no fewer than 16 after intermission.

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Quoting Coach Jim Hayford

On Sac State Loss: “Our team showed great character to fight back, to not hang their heads and to get the lead. In those last couple minutes, give them credit. They made shots, and we didn’t.”

On Spotty Shooting Versus Sac State: “In basketball you have to make shots. We had some good looks, but they didn’t go in. On the other end they had good looks, and their shots went in. In the first half, we had good looks that went in, and they had good looks that didn’t go in. Overall it evened out. It was not lack of execution -- we just missed some good looks. We have good shooters, and they will shoot the ball well.”

On EWU Shooting: “Shooting is part of the system. Against Northern Arizona we made a big emphasis to go inside, and we still made eight threes. The shots I’d like us to shoot better are our free throws.”

On Collin Chiverton: “It’s been an interesting year for Collin. He has had to keep battling through the adversity. The takeaway from the Northern Arizona game for me was that he was playing basketball with a smile on his face. He did a great job defensively in the first half. He can score points -- that’s what he does best – and that’s what he did against NAU.”

On Camaraderie in Locker Room: “These seniors have a really, really young team to work with, but they are enjoying them. It’s a fun locker room. Though we have had more losses than wins, this group is really having fun together. Give credit to Collin, Kevin and Jeff. When Collin is at his best he is the spirit of the locker room. It’s great to have a healthy, happy Collin back.”

On Victory Over NAU & Having Collin Chiverton Back: “I do think we are coming together. Not having Collin for that whole month slowed our development, but he’s back, and he is going to have a good finish to his senior year. (Against Northern Arizona) Collin looked like he did last year when he was at his best. What I like the most is seeing him play with a smile on his face and enjoying basketball.”

On Defense Versus NAU: “Our senior guards did a really good job in the backcourt on (Gabe) Rogers and (DeWayne) Russell, so give Forbes and Winford credit. All summer Collin told us he could be a lock-down defender, so give him credit. He did a really good job. I thought Collin’s size really bothered Russell.”

On Kevin Winford & Jeffrey Forbes Versus MSU: “Kevin and Jeff gave great senior performances to lead and show our team how you play on the road. I just want to give those two young men a lot of credit. They both have amazing personal character, are great guys and they really did lead by example.”

On Toughness After ISU Win & WSU Loss:  “We need to keep building toughness. The way you get toughness is you face adversity, and you find success against it. When you face adversity -- and fail against it -- you go up the next time and you look for success. That’s what we are committed to do as a coaching staff.”

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.”

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