Wide open in the corner in the final minute overtime, Eastern Washington forward Jesse Hunt squared up, hesitated, then remembered he had the hot hand.
Eastern Washington welcomed the Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix to Reese Court on Friday for its first home game of the season. After struggling against two top-20 teams (Syracuse and Oregon) on the road, the Eagles were glad to be home.
After lopsided losses to a pair of college basketball heavyweights, Eastern Washington is ready to take on someone its own size. And in its own arena. The Eagles (0-2) host Wisconsin-Green Bay (1-2) on Friday at 4:45 p.m. in their home opener at Reese Court as part of the 2K Empire Classic.
Eastern Washington men’s basketball has signed a pair of players – including the brother of a current member of the team – to letters of intent to play for the Eagles next year.
Bol Bol’s double-double, his second for the Ducks, was capped by a spinning drive from the left wing that sent his defender sprawling and led to a rim-hanging, two-hand dunk for a technical foul.
The good for Eastern Washington: The Eagles limited 16th-ranked Syracuse to 28 first-half points in Tuesday’s season opener at the Carrier Dome. The bad: scoring a meager 10 points. The ugly: Syracuse’s eventual 66-34 rout of EWU, the Eagles’ worst offensive output of the 2010s.
As a player, second-year Eastern Washington head coach Shantay Legans often locked up with the nation’s premier basketball institutions. Legans has never crossed paths with longtime power Syracuse, though. That changes Tuesday at 4 p.m. PST when the Eagles face Jim Boeheim’s 16th-ranked Orange, both teams’season opener at Syracuse’s 33,000-seat Carrier Dome.
When EWU begins its 2018-19 campaign Nov. 6 at national power Syracuse, the Eagles will have four returning starters who averaged less than double figures.
Eastern Washington, which returns four starters from last year’s 20-12 squad but lost the conference’s all-time leading scorer, Bogdan Bliznyuk, was picked fourth in both polls, where it finished last season.
Shadle Park senior sharpshooter Jacob Groves announced his verbal commitment to EWU on Sunday, where he'll join his 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman brother, Tanner Groves.
Wiley, who recently played in the NBA Summer League for the Dallas Mavericks, has signed a one-year deal with Australia’s Adelaide 36ers.
It will be a season full of challenges for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team when the Eagles embark upon their 2018-19 nonconference schedule. The schedule, announced Monday, has the Eagles opening at Syracuse on Nov. 6. Other rugged nonconference road games include Pac-12 opponents Oregon, Washington and Stanford.