Hayford to Coach in 400th Game, as Eagles Close Regular Season on the Road with Postseason Still Possible

Eastern could still finish in a three-way tie for final berth, but, for starters, EWU must win on the road at Idaho State and Weber State

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Surely, stranger things have happened.

Still with the slightest glimmer of hope of advancing to the postseason, the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team ends its regular season on the road this week with games at last-place Idaho State and second-place Weber State.

Eastern’s Jim Hayford will coach in his 400th game as a collegiate head coach when his team plays the Bengals on Thursday (March 7) at 6:05 p.m. Pacific time at ICCU Court at Holt Arena in Pocatello, Idaho. Then, on Saturday (March 9) at 6:05 p.m. at the Dee Events Center, the Eagles play a Weber State team still with legitimate hopes of winning the regular season title and hosting the seven-team Big Sky Conference Tournament March 14-16.

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.

There is still one scenario in which EWU can clinch a Big Sky Tournament berth. If EWU wins on the road at Idaho State and Weber State, and Northern Arizona and Sacramento State both lose at both Montana and Montana State, all three schools would finish in a three-way tie for seventh at 8-12. The teams would be 2-2 amongst each other, therefore, the seventh and final berth would go to EWU by virtue of its victory over Weber State.

All other scenarios, including four-way ties, would not go in Eastern’s favor. Eastern is trying for its third-straight tournament berth, and 13th in 26 years as a member of the Big Sky Conference, with 12 previous appearances (1990, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 11, 12).

“The bigger picture is that any time you put on an Eastern Washington University uniform – whether you are playing for the postseason or not – it’s an honor,” said Hayford. “That’s the way we’ll treat this week, and that means something to our fans and anybody who went to school here, works at this school or is a student now. We’ll take great pride in that regardless of what situation we are in heading into our games this week.”

The Eagles are now 6-12 in the Big Sky Conference and 9-20 overall, while Idaho State is 4-14 in the league and 5-23 overall. Weber State, which enters the week just a half-game behind Montana for the Big Sky lead, is 16-2 in league games and 22-5 overall heading into its game Thursday at home versus Portland State.

Eastern hasn’t played the Bengals and Wildcats since opening the season against those two schools in Cheney in December. The Eagles fell 74-53 to Weber State before rebounding for a 57-54 triumph over Idaho State -- EWU’s 11-straight win in Cheney against the Bengals and seventh-straight overall in the series. But with just one victory on an opponent home court this season (Feb. 9 at Northern Arizona), it will be much harder for EWU to win on the road where Eastern is 11-20 all-time in Pocatello and just 4-28 in Ogden.

Eastern lost a pair of close games at home last week, falling 88-80 in overtime to Northern Colorado on Feb. 28 and 78-74 to North Dakota two days later. A long 3-pointer by the Bears helped send that game into overtime, and a deflected shot that went in was the big basket down the stretch for North Dakota. But Hayford isn’t making excuses for getting swept at home.

“I believe with all my heart that you make your own breaks in life with hard work and commitment,” said Hayford after the UND game. “Give North Dakota credit – it was a weird basket, but they made it.”

The weekend was highlighted by a pair of double-doubles by 6-foot-10 sophomore Martin Seiferth, who had the third-most rebounds in school history with 21 versus UNC. He made 73 percent of his shots from the field in the two games and finished with a total of 25 points, 35 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Also, freshman redshirt Tyler Harvey scored 43 points in the two games, giving him a 16.3 average in his last six games after scoring just 17 points in the first 13 games of his career.

Eagle senior Jeffrey Forbes made history on Senior Day at EWU, as he equaled the school record for career games played with 119. Already with a school-record 105 games started in his career, Forbes is now tied with Marc Axton (2002-05) with 119. Eastern honored four players taking part in the final game of their careers at Reese Court – Forbes, Kevin Winford, Collin Chiverton and Jordan Hickert.

“I’m really proud of our players, but the truth of it after the weekend is that Northern Colorado and North Dakota were one basket better than us,” Hayford said. “We take some positives away from it, but ultimately we want to end those close games with wins.”

 

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Quick Shots

* Second-year Eastern head coach Jim Hayford will coach in his 400th career game on March 7 when the Eagles play at Idaho State. He is currently 278-121 (69.7 percent) in 13-plus seasons as a head coach, including a 24-37 mark at Eastern. He was 217-57 (79.2 percent) in 10 seasons at Whitworth (2001-2011), and before that was 37-27 in two seasons at the University of Sioux Falls (S.D.).

* Now with 172 blocked shots for the season, the Eagles are just seven away from the Big Sky Conference record of 179 set by Idaho State in the 2005-06 season. Having already shattered the school record for blocks, Eastern’s average of 5.9 per game leads the Big Sky and ranks ninth in NCAA Division I. Individual Eagles are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the league, with Venky Jois averaging 2.5 per game to rank 28th in NCAA Division I and Martin Seiferth averaging 2.3 to rank 39th. The previous school record was 130 in the 2005-06 season (4.3 average per game).

* Senior guard Jeffrey Forbes will gain sole possession of the school record for career games played when he plays in his 120th game Thursday at Idaho State. He currently shares the record of 119 with Marc Axton (2002-05), and Forbes has started a school-record 105 games to break Axton’s previous record of 99. Forbes became the 16th player in school history to score at least 1,000 career points (he now has 1,015) in an 81-76 victory against Sam Houston State on Feb. 23. Forbes went over the 1,000-point mark with 2:39 left on a key 3-pointer that helped EWU maintain a nine-point lead. Later, he made a pair of free throws as EWU made 7-of-8 shots from the charity stripe in the final 54 seconds to hold off the Bearkats. He also ranks sixth in school history wit­­­h 119 career steals, and is also third in 3-pointers made (170) and second in attempts (459). Forbes started his school-record 100th game for the Eagles Feb. 9 at Northern Arizona, scoring 10 points, including a pair of clutch free throws with nine seconds left that provided the final margin versus the Lumberjacks. He also had four assists and a career-high eight rebounds in the 77-74 overtime win over NAU. He started and scored six points against Sacramento State one game earlier, but essentially did not play in the previous four games because of a cut that required stitches between the pinkie finger and ring finger of his shooting hand. He did not play versus Montana State, played in just the final seconds of the games against Montana and Southern Utah and only the final seconds of the first half versus Portland State. He suffered the injury late in the game versus Northern Colorado on Jan. 19, and one game earlier had missed the first game of his career because of a knee injury suffered in an automobile accident involving one of the team’s mini-vans.

* Continuing his recent hot stretch, redshirt freshman Tyler Harvey finished with 43 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds in two games last week. In the last six games, the new-found scoring sensation has scored 98 points (16.3 average) on 58 percent shooting from the field (40-of-69, including 11-of-29 3-point attempts). In the first 13 games he played this season, Harvey scored just 17. He made the first start of his career against Sam Houston State on Feb. 23 in an 81-76 BracketBusters victory. He finished with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots at point guard, including a pair of key blocked shots in the last 1:21 to help preserve a seven-point advantage. He followed that with 22 points, four assists and four rebounds against Northern Colorado on Feb. 28, then had 21 points, eight assists, three steals and four more rebounds versus North Dakota. He burst onto the scene on Feb. 9 at Northern Arizona when EWU was down by 18 with 7:35 left to play in regulation. He came off the bench to score 14 points in the last 8:31 of the game and rallied the Eagles to an improbable 77-74 overtime victory in Flagstaff, Ariz. Eastern trailed by 13 when Harvey entered the game for the second time with 3:42 left. He never came out after that, and scored eight points in regulation and six in overtime. In EWU’s next game versus Southern Utah, he helped preserve EWU’s 14-point win by scoring all 11 of his points in the last 6:10 of the game. He then scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half of EWU’s 89-80 loss at Portland State, including 11 in a 16-0 run that turned a 12-point halftime deficit into a three-point lead. Harvey had entered the NAU game having averaged just 4.8 minutes in the 13 games he had played thus far as an Eagle. He had made only 6-of-17 overall and 3-of-9 treys for the season prior to the NAU game.

* Six-foot-10 sophomore Martin Seiferth had his third and fourth double-doubles of the season last week, including an effort of 14 points, 14 rebounds, seven blocked shots and two steals against North Dakota on March 2. One game earlier, he had 11 points, 21 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in EWU’s 88-80 overtime loss to Northern Colorado on Feb. 28. His rebounding total was the third-most in recorded school history, ranking only behind the 22 by Paul Butorac (11/18/06 versus Lewis-Clark State) and 28 by Dave Hayden (1/15/72 versus Oregon Tech). Seiferth broke his own school record when he had eight blocked shots in EWU’s 81-76 victory over Sam Houston State on Feb. 23, helping the Eagles to a school and Big Sky Conference record 16 as a team. Seiferth has made 63.1 percent of his shots from the field to rank second in the Big Sky and rank as the fourth-best single season performance in school history. Thus far, Seiferth is averaging 8.2 points, 6.3 rebounds (sixth in the Big Sky) and 2.3 blocked shots per game (second in the Big Sky and 39th in NCAA Division I). His 66 blocked shots have moved him past teammate Venky Jois (now with 64) for the EWU single season record, and he now ranks sixth already on the career chart. Earlier this season he was the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week after finishing with 27 points, 17 rebounds and a school-record seven blocked shots in a 96-79 loss at Cal State Northridge. The transfer from Oregon had to sit out last season because of NCAA transfer rules.

* The Eagles have essentially had to play their last four games without starting point guard Kevin Winford. He suffered a blow to his shin against Southern Utah on Feb. 16 that resulted in compartment syndrome and required surgery the evening following the game. He hasn’t played since, but did play three seconds as a starter on Senior Day on March 2 versus North Dakota. Winford was averaging 10.3 points and 4.2 assists in EWU’s last six games prior to the injury.

* Eastern ranks 15th in NCAA Division I in 3-pointers made per game (8.4) after having eight in each game last week. Eastern attempted a season-low 15 on Feb. 16 against Southern Utah, but one game earlier tied a school record for attempts in a 14-of-43 performance at NAU. The Eagles are averaging a league-leading 8.4 makes per game (total of 245) while attempting an average of 25.1 (total of 728). 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.

* Thus far, the Eagles have used 14 different starting lineups because of a variety of reasons and obstacles placed before them. But the one constant has been the continued development of young players, including six freshmen/sophomores who each have started at least two games with a collective total of 89 starts this season (sophomores Parker Kelly and Martin Seiferth, redshirt freshman Tyler Harvey, and true freshmen Venky Jois, Thomas Reuter and Daniel Hill). Three times this season sophomores and freshmen have accounted for at least 75 percent of the team’s minutes. They accounted for 80 percent at North Dakota on Jan. 17, and 75 percent in both meetings against Portland State. By contrast, 83 percent of PSU’s minutes against EWU on Feb. 23 were by seniors or juniors. The Vikings won that game 89-80.

* The Eagles are second in the Big Sky in offensive rebounds with an average of 11.2 per game (Southern Utah 12.1, Montana State 11.2). Martin Seiferth has a 2.6 average and Venky Jois is averaging 2.2 to rank third and sixth, 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 six in school history in career 3-pointers made. Jeffrey Forbes is third (170), Kevin Winford is fifth (138) and Collin Chiverton is sixth (133). In attempts, Forbes is second (461), Winford (409) is fifth and Chiverton is sixth (347). Chiverton is also 11th in career 3-point field goal percentage (.383), with sophomore Parker Kelly ranking sixth (.412)

* With the league expanded to 11 teams, the Big Sky Conference Tournament includes seven teams this year and will take place March 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.

 
 

More EWU Notes

* True freshman Venky Jois had a career high seven assists and equaled his career high with 14 rebounds in Eastern’s 72-68 victory over Montana State on Jan. 31, and he also had eight points and three blocked shots. Jois, however, missed the last 3:15 with an ankle injury, and then sat out the next three games before playing a total of 49 minutes in the next two. Jois has established himself as a bonafide contender for All-Big Sky Conference honors, as well as the league’s Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year accolades. He has had nine double-doubles this season to lead the Big Sky and rank 63rd in NCAA Division I, but he hasn’t had a double-double since before his injury when he had 20 points and 13 rebounds against Portland State on Jan. 28. He also leads the league and ranks 42nd nationally in rebounding (9.1), and is 28th in the nation and tops in the Big Sky in blocked shots (2.5 per game). Now with 64 blocked shots this season, he originally broke the school record of 51 set by Paul Butorac in 2006, but has since been passed by teammate Martin Seiferth (now with 66). Jois already ranks seventh on EWU’s career list. He is also 14th in the league in scoring (12.5) and 10th in field goal percentage (.496). Against Northern Colorado on Jan. 19, Jois equaled the school record of seven blocked shots set earlier this season by Seiferth, but that record was broken on Feb. 23 when Seiferth had eight. Jois 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. In January, he 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 January. 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.

* Sophomore Parker Kelly out of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane has averaged 12.0 points in his last six games, including a new career high with 19 points in EWU’s come-from-behind 77-74 overtime win over Northern Arizona on Feb. 9. Versus NAU, Kelly’s 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in regulation and a subsequent defensive stop by the Eagles helped send the game into overtime tied at 66. Kelly is now averaging 10.3 points per game in his last 23 games after scoring just 10 in the first five games he played. He has started 15 of the 28 games he has played this season, and is now averaging 8.8 points and 1.0 assists per game, while making a team-leading 49-of-126 3-point shots for 38.9 percent. He is currently ranked seventh in school history in career 3-point percentage (.412).

* Although he has essentially missed his last four games with compartment syndrome after a blow to the shin, senior point guard Kevin Winford is averaging 10.3 points and 4.2 assists in the last six games he has played. He scored 11 points at Sacramento State on Feb. 7 and 12 in EWU’s 77-74 overtime win at Northern Arizona on Feb. 9. He also had five assists in each game, and had a career-high four steals versus the Lumberjacks. But he suffered a shin injury against Southern Utah on Feb. 16, which required surgery later that night. He hasn’t played since, except for the first three seconds on Senior Day against North Dakota on March 2. Winford has started 47 of the 112 games he has played (seventh-most games played in school history), averaging 19.3 minutes per game. He has made 138-of-409 3-pointers in his career to rank fifth in school history in both categories, with a total of 704 points scored. Winford had his most productive outings in two years with 13 points in both meetings versus Montana State this season. His performances against the Bobcats were his best 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). In the first meeting with MSU, 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.

* 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.

* Senior Collin Chiverton scored just 15 points in EWU’s first three outings this season, but he has bumped his average to 11.0 for the season. He had a 20-point effort in just 18 minutes of action in an 81-76 victory over Sam Houston on Feb. 23. He made 7-of-10 shots from the field and 3-of-4 free throws in final 34 seconds of the game for his 15th 20-point performance of his career and his third of the season. He scored 18 points in just 10 minutes of action in EWU’s 86-72 win over Southern Utah on Feb. 16. He had 20 points against Montana State on Jan. 31, including Eastern’s final six in the last 1:21 of the 72-68 victory. He had a season-best 22 points against Northern Arizona on Jan. 10 for his best performance since a career-high 26 against Seattle on Jan. 16, 2012. He 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. Foul trouble hindered him early in the year, 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.

* Since becoming eligible in mid-December, Australian point guard Daniel Hill has averaged 2.0 points, 1.7 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game in an average of 13.0 minutes per game (20 total games with three starts). He made the first start of his career at point guard on Jan. 17 at North Dakota as an injury replacement for Kevin Winford, and he had a season-high five assists, four rebounds and a steal in 38 minutes. He also had five assists one game later versus Northern Colorado when he played 35 minutes in place of Winford for the second-straight game. Hill had 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.

* True freshman Thomas Reuter has scored in double figures five times this season, including 11 in EWU’s loss to Montana on Feb. 2. For the season, he has started 16 of EWU’s 29 games and is averaging 22.2 minutes, 5.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He had a season-high 16 points with five rebounds in EWU’s 79-75 win over Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 30.

* Eastern broke a 21-year-old Big Sky Conference record with 16 blocked shots to help the Eagles to an 81-76 men’s basketball victory over Sam Houston State on Feb. 23. Sophomore Martin Seiferth had a school-record eight blocks in the game as the Eagles broke the previous league and school record of 13 set on three occasions, with the last coming in 1992. One of the performances was by the Eagles against Portland on Nov. 26, 1991. Earlier this season, Seiferth and true freshman Venky Jois had seven blocks against Cal State Northridge (11/12/12) and Northern Colorado (1/19/13), respectively, to break the previous record of six set back in 1987. Seiferth has 66 blocks for the season to shatter the school record of 51 set by Paul Butorac in 2006, and Jois is now second with 64. On EWU career lists, Seiferth already ranks sixth and Jois is seventh. The Eagles have also shattered the team record with a current total of 172 blocks, with the previous EWU record of 130 set in the 2005-06 season. The Big Sky Conference record is 179 set by Idaho State in the 2005-06 season. “Venky and Martin are athletic players,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. “They are a presence inside. They are a freshman and a sophomore, so we have to balance their athleticism with smarts and wisdom.”

* Eastern’s win over NAU on Feb. 9 completed a season sweep and gives the Eagles a key tiebreaking advantage over the Lumberjacks. In addition, the victory was EWU’s first of the season in 12 tries on opponent home courts. It snapped a 13-game losing skid overall on the road as Eastern’s last win on an opponent’s home court was at Idaho State on Feb. 23, 2012, by an 85-78 score.

* Until Montana sank 46.2 percent on Feb. 2, Eastern held its last 10 opponents to 44 percent or less shooting from the field. After allowing non-conference opponents to make a collective 48.0 percent against them, the Eagles have allowed conference opponents to shoot at just a 41.1 percent clip (third in the BSC). EWU is now 8-5 when it holds opponents to 43.5 percent or less and 1-15 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 the Bobcats to just 30.3 percent in the rematch on Jan. 31.

* 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.

 
 

EWU vs. Idaho State Series Notes

* Since Eastern became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season, the Eagles are 36-26 against the Bengals, including a 25-7 record in Cheney and 10-18 mark in Pocatello (1-1 on neutral courts). Eastern has won the last 11 meetings in Cheney, dating back to a 65-63 Bengal win at EWU on March 1, 2003, and the last two meetings in Pocatello.

* The Eagles have won seven consecutive games in the series, dating back to the last win for ISU on Jan. 22, 2010 (79-71 in Pocatello). Eastern has won 25 of the past 34 meetings against the Bengals, including a sweeps the last two years. In the 2010-11 season, both meetings took place within eight days of each other and the Eagles won 83-70 in Cheney on Jan. 29, 2011, and then were victorious 69-67 in Pocatello on Feb. 5, 2011. The same thing happened in EWU’s sweep in the 2011-12 season when the Eagles won twice in a six-day span, including an 85-78 win in Pocatello on Feb. 23 followed by a 77-64 victory in Cheney on Feb. 28. The teams met again just four days later on March 3 in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference Championships, with EWU winning in Cheney 81-75 – meaning all three games were played in a nine-day span -- Eastern also recorded season sweeps in the 2001-02, 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.

* Idaho State swept the Eagles in the regular season in 2002-03, but Eastern won the third meeting by a 76-67 score in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament. In the 2009-10 season, Eastern lost at Idaho State 80-74 but won 79-71 in Cheney where the season ended for both teams.

* Eastern, which lost eight-straight games to ISU from 1993 to 1997, leads in the all-time series 39-27 (27-6 in Cheney, 11-20 in Pocatello, 1-1 neutral).

 
 

EWU vs. Weber State Series Notes

* Since Eastern became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season, the Eagles are 20-41 against Weber State (20-42 all-time). The Eagles are 14-15 in Cheney, 4-26 in Ogden and 2-0 on neutral courts versus the Wildcats since 1983-84. The only other game in the series was an 83-65 loss in Ogden on Dec. 14, 1978, making EWU 4-28 in Ogden all-time.

* Eastern has won the last four meetings and nine of the last 10. Until winning 75-59 in Ogden on March 2, 2011, the Eagles had lost the last five meetings. The Eagles have won 14 of the last 37 meetings after losing nine-straight from 1992-1996.

* Eastern has defeated the Wildcats three times in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament (72-53 in 2004, 62-57 in 2002 and 83-67 in 1990). Besides the 2011 victory, Eastern’s lone victories in Ogden came in 2006 (76-73), 2001 (81-70) and 2000 (90-78). In 2000, Eastern snapped the Wildcats' 30-game home winning streak, which at the time was the fourth longest in NCAA Division I.

 
 

Records Watch

* With 172 blocked shots as a team, the Eagles are just seven behind the Big Sky Conference record of 179 set by Idaho State in the 2005-06 season. Earlier this season, Eastern broke the school record of 130 set in the 2005-06 season.

* Led by the school-record eight blocked shots by sophomore center Martin Seiferth, Eastern broke a 21-year-old Big Sky Conference record with 16 blocked shots on Feb. 23 in an 81-76 win over Sam Houston State. The Eagles broke the previous league and school record of 13 set on three occasions, with the last coming in 1992. One of the performances was by the Eagles against Portland on Nov. 26, 1991. Seiferth broke the record of seven both he and true freshman Venky Jois had earlier this season. Jois had seven against Northern Colorado on Jan. 19, and Seiferth broke the previous school record that had stood for 25 years when he had seven at Cal State Northridge on Nov. 12 (Seiferth also has seven versus North Dakota on March 2). Seiferth, who also had 27 points and 17 rebounds in that game, broke the previous record of six set by Dexter Griffen versus Idaho State on Jan. 2, 1987. Seiferth’s 17 rebounds are the eighth-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. Later in the season, Seiferth had 21 rebounds against Northern Colorado on Feb. 28 to rank as the third-most in recorded school history behind the 22 by Paul Butorac (11/18/06 versus Lewis-Clark State) and 28 by Dave Hayden (1/15/72 versus Oregon Tech).

* Martin Seiferth has 66 blocked shots this season, breaking the previous school record of 51 set by Paul Butorac in 2006. Seiferth already ranks sixth on EWU’s career list. In addition, Venky Jois has 64 blocks to rank second on EWU’s single season list and seventh on the career chart. Jois originally broke Butorac’s record but was surpassed on March 2 by Seiferth.

* Senior guard Jeffrey Forbes should earn sole possession of the school record for career games played this week versus Idaho State. Forbes has played in 119 games to currently share the record with Marc Axton (2002-05). The only two games Forbes has missed in his career came this season versus North Dakota (1/17/13) because of a knee injury and against Montana State (1/31/13) because of a hand injury. Forbes broke the school record on Feb. 9 with his 100th game started, breaking the previous record of 99 set by Axton. Now a 105-game starter, Forbes has averaged 30.1 minutes per game in his Eastern career. He became the 16th Eastern player to go over the 1,000-point mark in his career when he had 11 points on Feb. 23 versus Sam Houston State, and now has 1,015 in his career to rank 15th. He ranks sixth in school history wit­­­h 119 career steals, just one from reaching No. 5. He is also third in 3-pointers made (170) and second in attempts (461). He is 14 makes and 38 attempts away from school records. In his career at the free throw line, Forbes has made what would be a school record at 86.4 percent (165-of-191), but he is 47 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 112 career games to rank seventh in school history, and also ranks in the top 10 on several Eastern season and career lists for 3-point shooting. On career charts, his 138 makes and his 409 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 133 3-pointers rank sixth on EWU’s top 10 career list, and his 347 attempts are sixth and his .383 percentage is currently 11th. In the five seasons he has played since his junior year in high school, teams that Chiverton has played on have won 138 of 189 games for a .730 winning percentage. His junior college and high school teams won 114 of 131 games (87 percent).

* Sophomore Parker Kelly has made 41.2 percent of his 3-point shots in his career (84-of-204) to currently rank sixth in school history.

 
 

Recent Game Summaries

* Eastern rallied from an early 14-point deficit, but was never able to take the lead and lost a Big Sky game to North Dakota 78-74 March 2 at Reese Court. Eastern had chances to tie or take the lead in the final 1 1/2 minutes, but could never completely overcome North Dakota’s early 24-10 advantage. A layup attempt that was deflected and went in with 25 seconds to play were the key points down the stretch for UND. The loss spoiled outstanding performances by sophomore Martin Seiferth and freshman redshirt Tyler Harvey. Seiferth had his fourth double-double of the season with 14 points, 14 rebounds, seven blocked shots and a pair of steals. Harvey had 21 points, eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. Eagle senior Jeffrey Forbes made history on Senior Day at EWU, as he equaled the school record for career games played with 119. Eastern honored four players taking part in the final game of their careers at Reese Court – Forbes, Kevin Winford, Collin Chiverton and Jordan Hickert.  Chiverton scored 14 points in his final game at Reese Court, and Forbes had the 119th steal of his career. North Dakota junior Troy Huff poured in a career-high 34 points, including 24 in the first half alone. He entered the game with an 18.7 scoring average (19.2 in league games).

* Northern Colorado made 8-of-11 free throws in the extra period and defeated the Eastern 88-80 in overtime Thursday (Feb. 28) in a Big Sky Conference showdown at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. Eastern’s undoing was a season-high 22 turnovers, as the Eagles surrendered a 24 points off turnovers (second-most this season). Sophomore Martin Seiferth finished with 21 rebounds to rank as the third-most in school history, and also had 11 points and two blocked shots as he finished with his third double-double on the season. Redshirt freshman Tyler Harvey, making his second start at point guard, finished with 22 points, four assists and four rebounds for the Eagles. Also scoring in double figures for EWU were Venky Jois with 14 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, Collin Chiverton with 11 points and Parker Kelly with 10 points and six rebounds. Senior Jeffrey Forbes finished with nine points, four rebounds and five assists.

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Quoting Coach Jim Hayford

On UND Loss: “It was another outstanding basketball game. Unfortunately, our opponent was one point better. We grinded to get there, but I’m really heartbroken for our players. We would have liked to have a storybook ending for the seniors, but unfortunately it didn’t happen that way. We are going to keep working hard so that in the future we’re the team that is one possession better in these big games. We battled – we really, really battled.”

On Performances Against UND by Seiferth and Harvey: “You can tell we’re excited about building on Martin for the future. Tyler had 21 points with eight assists, so we’re obviously excited about that performance and the future he has.”

On 21-Rebound Performance by Seiferth Against UNC: “That is a big time winning number, and I am very proud of him. Martin and Tyler (Harvey) had really good nights.”

On Sam Houston State Win: “I thought our guys were playing a very athletic team, but we kept enough poise to finish it out. I am really proud of them. Obviously, (it helps) when you block 16 shots. We knew we had a height advantage, and they maybe had a quickness advantage. We knew it (the height advantage) would show up somewhere.”

On Big Sky Blocked Shots Record: “To block 16 shots in one game -- I have never seen anything like that in my life. For us to shoot 61 percent from the field shows how we are really improving. Our theme for that game was great effort, great execution and great efficiency. When you look at us offensively, you see all three of those things.”

On Tyler Harvey’s Starting Debut Versus Sam Houston: “The best thing Tyler did today was have eight defensive rebounds. Part of that was chasing down blocked shots. Tyler continues to step up and seize the opportunity. There is a lot of pressure on a freshman point guard that started off as the fourth-string point guard at the beginning of the year. I am very proud of him. He is an outstanding teammate as his teammates will say.”

On NAU Win After Trailing by 18 Late in the Game: “It’s just a fantastic win for us. When you look at where it puts us in the race to achieve our goal of making the Big Sky Tournament, it’s even more dramatic. So I’m really, really happy for our players. I’m really proud of our team -- what a great day for all of our players. You couldn’t write it up to be any more dramatic.”

On Chiverton & Winford Versus MSU on Jan. 31: “The big thing for us was down the stretch is that we had seniors step up. Kevin was a great defensive rebounder in the second half, and Collin made free throws down the stretch. That’s showing the young guys how to do it. When you get those kinds of contributions it will be fun. It is going to be a lot better result.”

On Venky Jois: “Venky has been our most consistent player. He is a great leader even though he is only a freshman. The biggest compliment (I can give him) is that I expect him to play that way.”

On Kevin Winford & Jeffrey Forbes at 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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