ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here

SportsLink

Surprise! EWU men to extend 2008-09 basketball season

I just got off the phone with Eastern Washington’s head men’s basketball coach Kirk Earlywine, who called to let me know the story I wrote following the Eagles’ 68-62 overtime loss to Portland State in last Saturday’s regular-season final in Cheney was not factually correct.

In the game story I filed, I noted how the four seniors making their final appearance at Reese Court had succeeded in extending their season — but only for five minutes, which was how long it took to play the extra period.

It turns out, that wasn’t the case.

Read on.

 


As part of our phone conversation, an obviously excited Earlywine informed me the Eagles have actually extended their season beyond the overtime period against the Vikings by agreeing to travel to Moraga, Calif., to take on West Coast Conference power Saint Mary’s College next Friday in a game that will tip off at 7:05 p.m. at the Gaels’ McKeon Pavilion.

You can read more details by following this link to the story posted just a short time ago on EWU’s athletics website, and you check back here later on this afternoon for a look at the unedited versioin of the story I’m working on for Saturday morning’s S-R.

In any event, Earlywine said both he and his players are excited about the opportunity play another game, noting that both EWU and Saint Mary’s — due to different schedule exemptions — have an additional came they can play before reachign the NCAA limit.

“The players were all excited,” Earlywine explained. “That was one of the contingencies I had placed on playing the game, was that everybody had to be on board with it.  Obviously, the seniors are getting to play another game in their careers and can’t wait, but the only way we were going to do it was if everybody wanted to commit to having me on their asses for another week of practice.

“I wasn’t sure they would, but they all agreed. I want us to take this opportunity seriously and not go down there and play half-assed, like it was an exhibition.”

Saint Mary’s (24-5) is currently sitting as the No. 2 seed, behind regular-season champion Gonzaga, in the West Coast Conference Tournament in Las Vegas.  The Gaels, like Gonzaga, have a bye into Sunday’s semifinals and would seem to be a lock for a NIT berth if they don’t make it to the NCAAs.

According to Earlywine, the Gaels were looking for another game to better prepare for whatever teh postseason might bring, now that their standout point guard Patrick Mills has returned after missing nine games with a broken hand.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of anything like this before,” Earlywine added, “but it was too good an opportunity to pass up.”

 

 

 


Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to SportsLink

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

SportsLink is your portal into sports news around the Inland Northwest and beyond. You'll find updates, notes and opinions, and plenty of reader feedback.

Filter










Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on SportsLink.

Contributors

Jim Allen (@srjimallen) Sports reporter Jim Allen's primary coverage areas are Eastern Washington University football and men's basketball, and college and high school soccer. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

Recent work by Jim

Jacob Thorpe (@JacobThorpe) Sports reporter Jacob Thorpe covers Washington State University athletics. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

Recent work by Jacob

Chris Derrick Chris Derrick is a sports reporter. His primary coverage areas are the Spokane Chiefs, Spokane Indians, women's basketball and high school softball and volleyball. He also contributes to the SportsLink Blog.

Recent work by Chris

John Blanchette (@SRjblanchette) John Blanchette is a freelance writer who covers the University of Idaho football team and men's basketball team.

Recent work by John

Vince Grippi is the online producer for SportsLink, a product of The Spokesman-Review.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
ADVERTISEMENT
Advertise Here