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Eagles hot from floor in beating Terriers

IRVINE, Calif. – Drew Brandon scored 15 points, going 6 of 10 from the floor, and had 12 rebounds and seven assists to lead Eastern Washington to an 80-68 victory over Boston University on Friday night.

Tyler Harvey had a game-high 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers and was 7 of 13 from the field. Venky Jois chipped in with 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists. The Eagles (3-1) shot 54 percent from the field.

Eastern Washington led by five at the break. A 13-4 run in the second half helped Eastern open its first double-digit lead of the game at 52-42 on a 3-pointer by Ognjen Miljkovic with 14:50 remaining. The closest the Terriers came the rest of the way was seven. The Eagles led by as many as 14 on five occasions.

Nathan Dieudonne led the Terriers (2-2) with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Maurice Watson Jr. had a team-high 18 points.

“I’m really proud of our players – we played a very complete game,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford, whose team held the Terriers to 38 percent from the field. “We played defense the way we wanted to. That was a very experience, efficient and well-coached team, and we held them to 38 percent.”

“So we did it on the defensive end, and we were plus 12 in rebounding so we did it on the rebounding end too,” he continued. “As far as our own offensive efficiency, we made 54 percent overall and 55 percent from three. It’s just a complete basketball game and I’m really proud.”

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