November 9, 2010 in Sports

Ailing Eagles stumble in exhibition

Lack of point guard makes night painful
By The Spokesman-Review
 

Not surprisingly, the nearly unfathomable run of injuries that continues to plague the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team made the Eagles’ 66-60 exhibition loss to Montana State-Billings at Reese Court Monday night downright painful to watch. For everyone.

With sophomore Glen Dean, last year’s starting point guard, sidelined indefinitely with a stress fracture in his foot, and first-year junior college transfer Cliff Colimon unable to play because of an ankle sprain he sustained in practice Sunday, EWU found itself without a point guard against the NCAA Division II Yellowjackets.

As a result, coach Kirk Earlywine juggled things in an attempt to find some offensive consistency.

None was uncovered. Eastern shot a miserable 25 percent (15 of 60) from the floor and missed 13 of 40 free throw attempts in dropping its second, and final, exhibition game prior to Friday night’s regular-season and home opener against San Jose State.

“Offensively tonight, it was very obvious that we were playing without a point guard,” Earlywine said, after watching his team get only four assists. “And that was painful.”

Sophomore shooting guard Kevin Winford, playing out of position at the point, and first-year junior forward Cliff Ederaine each had 14 points for the Eagles. But Tremayne Johnson, another first-year junior forward, who scored 22 in EWU’s 87-82 exhibition loss to Seattle Pacific, had a mere nine.

Eastern’s three front-line starters were a combined 7 of 30..

“And how many of those were from point-blank?” Earlywine asked. “A lot of those shots were at the front of rim, but I thought they hurried a little bit and pressed a little bit.”

The Eagles made only two of their first 16 basket tries and trailed 30-23 at halftime. But they put together a nice 14-3 run coming out of intermission and took a 37-33 lead before suffering through a field-goal drought that lasted nearly 7½ minutes.

MSU-Billings 66, EWU 60

MSU-Billings (66) — Mayes 1-7 1-2 3, Young 5-13 3-5 14, Henning 6-9 1-2 13, Chambers 9-17 2-5 24, Myaer 0-3 1-2 1, Sutton 0-1 0-0 0, Trabing 0-0 0-0 0, Terry 1-2 0-0 2, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Barnes 1-2 4-4 6, Hickman 1-1 -12 3, Totals 24-56 13-22 66.

Eastern Washington (60) — Johnson 2-17 5-5 9, Ederaine 3-8 8-14 14, Griffin 2-5 4-9 8, Forbes 3-12 0-1 7, Winford 3-12 8-9 14, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Warnock 0-0 0-0 0, McRae 0-0 0-0 0, Hyslop 2-4 0-0 6, Henry 0-1 2-2 2, Totals 15-60 27-40 60.

Halftime—MSU-Billings 30, EWU 23. 3-Point Goals—MSUB 5-11 (Young 1-1, Chambers 4-8, Myaer 0-1, Sutton 0-1), EWU 3-15 (Johnson 0-2, Forbes 1-6, Winford 0-4, Hyslop 2-3). Fouled Out—Mayes, Barnes, Hickman, Forbes. Rebounds—MSUB 45 (Henning 10), EWU 40 (Johnson, Ederaine 10). Assists—MSUB 16 (Myaer 7), EWU 4 (Griffin 2). Total Fouls—MSUB 31, EWU 21. A—1,232.


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