Nov. 8, 2008
Eastern Washington University kept high-scoring Puget Sound to 31.3 percent shooting on Saturday (Nov. 8) in a 90-66 exhibition win at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles shot 45.8 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Loggers 56-42 in the contest.
The game does not count in EWU’s or Puget Sound’s season record or statistics. The Eagles open up their 2008-09 regular season with a trip to Champaign, Ill., and a game with the Illinois Fighting Illini of the Big Ten Conference. The game tips at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time on Friday (Nov. 14).
Puget Sound averaged 93.2 points per game last year in going 19-7, 11-5 in Northwest Conference play. Today, the team was held to just 71 percent of that, 66 points. Meanwhile, Eastern Washington reached the 90-point mark for the first time in any contest since a 91-85 overtime win over Northern Colorado on Jan. 17, 2008.
After Austin Boyce gave the Loggers the first two points of the contest, guard Andy Genao quickly tied up the game with a layup. That basket would ignite an 8-0 run for the Eagles, which was capped off by an old-fashioned three-point play from forward Mark Dunn.
After the break, once again Puget Sound scored the first two points of the stanza, and once again the Eagles stormed back with an impressive run, this time of the 12-0 variety. That spurt earned Eastern Washington a commanding 52-33 lead at the 16:07 mark. The lowest EWU’s advantage would get the rest of the afternoon was 17 (52-35 and 54-37) and the highest was 26 (81-55).
Guard Benny Valentine had the best scoring night for Eastern, as he nailed 7-of-12 shots and had game-high totals in points (21), assists (5) and steals (3). It was a nice rebound from his performance in EWU’s exhibition opener against Carroll College that saw the Texas Tech transfer hit just 1-of-10 attempts from the floor.
Dunn also had an impressive afternoon, as he made 5-of-7 attempts and scored 12 points. His 12 rebounds allowed him to be the only player today on either side to record a double-double. Forward Jeff Christiansen was the third Eagle to contribute a double-digit point total, as he had 10 on 4-of-5 shooting.
Center Brandon Moore saw his first action of 2008-09 today after recuperating from a knee injury – he scored five points and had three rebounds in the contest. Guard Adris DeLeon and forward Chris Busch did not see action, as they are not yet eligible to play.