Dec. 22, 2008
Junior center Brandon Moore had 22 points, 12 rebounds and three assists to lead Eastern Washington to a 90-87 victory over Evergreen State Monday (Dec. 22) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.
In a game that featured 27 lead changes and 12 ties, the Eagles tied the game and took the lead for good with 1:22 left on a pair of free throws by Moore. His performance helped overcome a 66 percent shooting night for the Geoducks that included a 36-point effort by Nate Menafee.
Now 7-5, the Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory over the 7-3 Geoducks. Evergreen State entered the game ranked 16th in NAIA Division II and were coming off an 82-68 win over that division's No. 1 ranked team, Oregon Tech.
The game concluded a three-game stretch in a five-day span to end EWU's pre-Christmas schedule. Before an 83-50 loss to the Huskies on Dec. 20, EWU fell to Missouri-Kansas City 68-61 on Thursday (Dec. 18).
Eastern takes a short break for Christmas before returning to action at Boise State Dec. 29 at Boise State. The Broncos are 8-3 following a 75-72 victory at San Diego Monday. Boise State started the season 6-1, including victories over Big Sky Conference members Idaho State (94-92 in overtime on Nov. 22) and Montana State (74-61 on Nov. 24). The Eagles opened its Big Sky schedule with a 61-51 win over MSU on Dec. 6.
Moore made 6-of-12 shots from the field and 10-of-13 free throws against the Geoducks, and seven of his rebounds came on the offensive end. The 6-foot-9 Moore came just one point from his career high of 23 points set as a freshman against Evergreen State. His assists tied his career high from that game.
All five Eastern starters scored in double figures with Benny Valentine adding 16 points, four assists and a pair of steals. Mark Dunn scored 13 points, Milan Stanojevic had 11 and Genao chipped in 10.
Menafee, a junior from Tacoma (Timberline HS), made 16-of-21 shots from the field and also had five assists. Nick Moore had 19 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting and 6-foot-8 center Julio Feliciano had nine assists and three steals.
The Geoducks had a 14-4 advantage in fast break points and made 10-of-15 three-point attempts. Eastern made 45 percent of its shots from the field and 22-of-30 free throws for 73 percent.
The first half featured eight lead changes and five ties as Menafee made 12-of-16 shots en route to a 28-point performance. Moore had 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists prior to intermission.
Eastern finished with a season-high for points, with the previous most 78 in a win over UC Irvine on Nov. 30. However, the Eagles allowed their second-most points this season, with Minnesota scoring 88 versus EWU on Nov. 26.
Eastern's 6-2 record after the first eight games was its best start since the 2002-03 season when EWU used a four-game winning streak to improve to 7-2. Eastern was unable to duplicate that 7-2 start by losing at Hawaii on Dec. 13, but Eastern is still 1-0 in the Big Sky after a 66-51 victory against Montana State on Dec. 6 that represents the earliest Big Sky start in EWU history.
Earlywine is in his second season at the helm after leading the Eagles to an 11-19 record overall and 6-10 Big Sky Conference mark last season. Season tickets, including several packages with selected games, are now on sale. Information is available at http://WWW.GOEAGS.COM.