Eastern Washington University’s men’s basketball team outlasted NCAA Division II Montana State University-Billings in the last of its two exhibition games at Reese Court on Sunday.
I’ve attached an unedited version of the short game story that will appear in Monday morning’s S-R below.
NO ANSWER FOR MOORE
There were probably some of those in the small crowd that made its way to
Exhibition games, in the minds of many, aren’t supposed to be as difficult as
But Earlywine, EWU’s third-year year coach, insisted the intense, physical and hotly contested affair that played out in front of a few hundred spectators was exactly what his young team needed.
“It was by design,” he said of his own decision to set up the Eagles’ second, and final, exhibition game against the senior-ladenYellowjackets, a NCAA Division II program in just its second season under former
“I didn’t want a game we won by 25 or 30 points. We’re going to step into the fire in six days against
The Yellowjackets, who improved from 1-28 to 10-17 in their first year under Pfeifer last winter, were leading by a point with just over 15 minutes remaining. But they couldn’t find an answer the rest of the way for Eastern’s senior center Brandon Moore, who finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot after missing the Eagles’ 98-61 exhibition romp past
The 6-foot-9 Moore, who underwent surgery about a month ago to remove an extra bone in his knee, played 27 minutes and scored eight of his points in those final – and decisive – 15 minutes.
“I thought he played really well,” Earlywine said of Moore, who averaged 11.2 points and 6.8 rebounds as a junior, “and I didn’t see many signs of rust.”
Eastern opens regular-season play at home on Saturday afternoon with a 1:05 non-conference game against