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Jim Hayford has a chance this week to win his 100th game as Eastern Washington coach. (Rogelio V. Solis / Associated Press)

UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 6:56 p.m.

Eastern Washington men hit the road with Big Sky championship hopes

If all goes well, this will be the longest road trip in Eastern Washington basketball history. It began Thursday, when the Eagles flew south for games this week at Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. A week later, they plan to ...

Idaho women’s basketball players celebrate their Big Sky Conference title last year in Reno, Nevada. (Lance Iversen / Associated Press)

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

Big Sky expects bigger, better experience next week in Reno

So, Eastern Washington basketball fans, still not sure about tripping to Reno, Nevada, for the Big Sky Conference basketball tournament? You could be spending next week in North Dakota. A glance at the standings – both men’s and women’s – ...

Eastern Washington’s Felix Von Hofe (in white uniform) will be among three Eagles honored on Senior Day at Reese Court. (James Snook / James Snook)

Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 11:49 p.m.

Eastern Washington aims to honor seniors, beat Idaho State

For Felix Von Hofe, the finality of Senior Day didn’t sink in until it was almost too late. “Since I was a freshman, I always looked at Senior Day as something way out there,” the Eastern Washington forward said earlier ...

Eastern Washington Eagles forward Bogdan Bliznyuk (32) grabs the inbound pass in front of Idaho Vandals guard Victor Sanders (11) during the second half on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at Reese Court in Cheney. (Special to The Spokesman-Review / James Snook)

Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Role players help Eastern Washington beat Idaho, 77-67

With forward Jacob Wiley bottled up, Eastern Washington got big games from Ty Gibson and Sir Washington to take a crucial 77-67 Big Sky Conference win over Idaho on Friday night at Reese Court.

Eastern Washington guard Ty Gibson (2) is coming off a career-high 21-point game against Northern Colorado. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 6:12 p.m.

Eastern Washington hosts Idaho in high-stakes game

It’s definitely a rivalry now. Eastern Washington and Idaho barely knew each other on the basketball court until the Vandals rejoined the Big Sky Conference two years ago. Even worse for the Eagles, they hadn’t beaten Idaho in conference play ...

Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 11:50 p.m.

Eastern Washington dominates Northern Colorado with strong defense

GREELEY, Colo. – Ty Gibson hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points and Eastern Washington drubbed Northern Colorado 70-44 on Saturday in the only regular season Big Sky Conference matchup between the schools. Jacob Wiley had 21 points ...

Eastern Washington forward Bogdan Bliznyuk is coming off a 45-point game against Portland State. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

High-flying Eastern Washington faces tough road trip

Literally and figuratively, the Eastern Washington players have come back to earth. In North Dakota. In the dead of winter. Five days ago the Eagles posted a record-setting win that also propelled forward Jacob Wiley to national prominence. “It was ...

Eastern Washington forward Jacob Wiley has done plenty to shout about this season.
( (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Jacob Wiley, Eagles soar into national spotlight

That chip on Jacob Wiley’s shoulder has been well and truly removed. Last weekend, the gangly kid from Newport erased the last doubts about his ability to play Division I basketball. He even won over sportscaster Dick Vitale. “Jacob Wiley ...

Eastern Washington forward Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 45 points to help the Eagles to a triple-overtime win over Portland State on Saturday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 11:56 p.m.

Eastern Washington outlasts PSU 130-124 in triple OT

The standout performance of Saturday’s epic basketball game at Reese Court: Eastern Washington forward Jacob Wiley carrying daughter Aliya on his shoulders when it was done. How did he have the strength? Wiley and his teammates had just played one ...

Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 8:48 p.m.

Bogdan Bliznyuk’s 28 points lead Eastern Washington over Montana

MISSOULA – Bogdan Bliznyuk had 28 points on 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Eastern Washington split the season series with a 72-60 win over Montana on Thursday night. Mason Peatling added 13 for the Eagles (14-7, 6-2 ...

Eastern Washington forward Mason Peatling and the Eagles are on the road in Montana this week. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 8:41 p.m.

Eastern Washington faces key trip to Montana

A cornered Grizzly is a dangerous thing. That’s what Eastern Washington faces Thursday night in Missoula as the Eagles try to stay in the upper echelon of the Big Sky Conference.

UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 21, 2017, 5:57 p.m.

Eastern Washington rolls past Southern Utah, 83-68

Saturday was Alumni Family Day at Eastern Washington – all the better to make a positive impression on the little ones watching at Reese Court. The Eagles didn’t disappoint, beating Southern Utah 83-68 in their second straight dominant performance of ...

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 12:07 a.m.

Jacob Wiley rolls and Eastern Washington topples Northern Arizona

There was no letdown Thursday night at Reese Court – not for Eastern Washington and certainly not for Jacob Wiley. Coming off a tough loss at Weber State and facing a struggling NAU squad, the Eagles could have mailed this ...

Eastern Washington forward Jacob Wiley has done plenty to shout about this season.
( (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 6:53 p.m.

Jacob Wiley, Eagles have momentum despite loss to Weber State

Call it a learned reflex, but Eastern Washington basketball coach Jim Hayford scoffs at the notion that the Eagles won’t be challenged this week against Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. The Lumberjacks and Thunderbirds reside at the bottom of the ...


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Season status

Record: 23-12 (13-5)

Next game:
EWU vs. Big Sky tournament, March 12

Previous game:
Wyoming 91, EWU 81

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