Eastern routed on road
EWU knocks down 17 3s, but has trouble inside arc
Eastern Washington came up short on two fronts Monday night at UC Davis – a school record for 3-pointers and victory.
The Eagles (2-8) hit 17 3-pointers (in 41 attempts) in dropping an 87-65 decision to the Aggies in Eastern’s final men’s basketball preconference game.
Eastern fell behind 10-0 and came no closer.
While the Eagles made 42 percent from long range, they made just 3 of 19 shots (16 percent) from inside the arc as UC Davis outscored them 40-4 in the paint.
“Our offensive balance is distorted as those stats show,” said Eastern coach Jim Hayford. “We’re going to have to have our (inside) guys really keep their confidence.”
Sophomore Parker Kelly (Gonzaga Prep) equaled his career high with 17 points to pace the Eagles, making 5 of 8 3-pointers. Junior Justin Crosgile scored 15 and freshman Thomas Reuter added 10.
Tyler Les, who had scored just 18 points in his first six games this season, led the Aggies with 18. Josh Ritchart added 14 as all five UC Davis starters scored in double figures.
Big Sky openers
Jackson Stevenett scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping Southern Utah (3-6) start Big Sky Conference play with a 79-67 victory over fellow conference newcomer North Dakota in Cedar City, Utah.
Aaron Anderson led North Dakota (2-7) with 16 points.
• Max Jacobsen scored a career-high 22 points to lead all five starters in double figures as Northern Arizona (4-5) held off visiting Montana State (2-6) 87-80.