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Whitworth up big at halftime

Senior guard Michael Taylor scored 16 first-half points and Whitworth's suffocating man-to-man defensive pressure held Linfield to 23.1 percent shooting (6-for-26) as the No. 2-ranked Pirates rolled to a 35-16 halftime lead over their Northwest Conference rivals at Whitworth Fieldhouse on Friday night.

David Riley had 11 points for the Bucs, who built their big lead at intermission despite shooting an uncharateristically low 37.5 percent (6-for-16) from 3-point range.

Nobody on Linfield's roster had more than four points in the first half.


Eagles bounce back from Sac State loss

Eastern Washington, in dire need of a Big Sky Conference basketball win following last Saturday's disappointing road loss to Sacramento State, got one Thursday night at Reese Court, using Tremayne Johnson's 20-point scoring outburst to thump Portland State 65-51.

I've included links to related stories below, but I also feel the need to commend PSU coach Tyler Geving for not turning the game into a foul fest in the final five minutes.  Geving, with his Vikings trailing 59-42 with 5:02 left on the clock, could have started hacking away in desperation and sending the Eagles to the foul line, but opted to let the game play out, which made it much more enjoyable to watch than a free-throw contest. 

Johnson scores 20 as Eags thump PSU 65-51

Tremayne Johnson scored a game-high 20 points and three of his teammates finished in double firgures Thursday night as Eastern Washington rolled to a 65-51 Big Sky Conference men's basketball win over Portland State at Reese Court Thursday night.

Kevin Winford finished with 12 points for the Eagles, while Leron Griffin and Glen Dean each added 10.


Here is the story.

Eags trailing by 4 at halftime

Eastern Washington shot just 28.6 percent (8-28) in the first half and made just 2 of 12 basket tries from 3-point range at Reese Court Thursdya night and found itself trailing Big Sky rival Portland State 26-22 at intermission.

Tremayne Johnson had 10 first-half points and four rebounds for the Eagles.  PSU, playing without two injured starters, got 6 first-half points from Phillip Thomas and Charles Odum.

Eags shoot for win over PSU

Eastern Washington's men's basketball team returns to Reese Court tonight to take on Portland State in a B ig Sky Conference showdown that tips off at 7:05.

The Eagles are coming off a disappointing 57-55 loss at Sac State in which their three starting guards and top three scorers went 0-for-17 from the field and finished with a combined eight points. You can read more on what Coach Kirk Earlywine said his team's dismal outside shooting against the Hornets here, and you can take a look at EWU's weekly press release here

There are additional links to related stories below, along with some more comments from Earlywine on the importance to this week's Big Sky homes games against PSU (tonight) and Idaho State (Saturday).


Eastern loses heartbreaker to UNC

The driving layup attempt by Eastern Washington's Glen Dean was blocked at the buzzer by Northern Colorado's Elloitt Lloyd, giving the Bears a 75-73 Big Sky Basketball win over the Eagles at Reese Court on Friday afternoon.

Eastern's four guards — Dean, Jeffrey Forbes, Clff Colimon and Kevin Winford — combined bor 60 points, but it wasn' t enough to save the Eagles.

Check back later for more on the game.

Eags outlast Sac State in overtime

Eastern Washington University opened its Big Sky Conference men's basketball season Wednesday night with an 88-79 overtime win over Sacramento State at Reese Court.  It was an ugly affair that saw 64 fouls called.

You can read the game story that appeared in Thursday morning's S-R here, and you take a look at what EWU's sports information department posted about the game here.

Eastern turns back Hornets in OT

Cliff Ederaine scored a career-high 22 points and teammate Jeffrey Forbes added 21 as Eastern Washington opened Big Sky Conference play with an 88-79 overtime  victory over Sacramento State at Reese Court Wednesday night.

Eastern (4-8 overall, 1-0 in the Big Sky) also got 12 points from Laron Griffin, who sat out the first half of the game for unexplained reasons, and 11 from Glen Dean in a game that was uglied up by 64 fouls that resulted in the disqualifications of five Sac State players.

We'll be back with a link to the game story in a little bit.




Ready or not, Eags open league play on Wednesday

Eastern Washington University, which has battled injury problems throughout the early part of the men's basketball season, opens Big Sky Conference play at home on Wednesday night against Sacramento State.

You can read the related story that appeared in Tuesday morning's S-R here, and you see the game notes posted by the EWU sports information department here.  I've also included this link to what Sac State's sports information department has on the upcoming game, and this link to the weekly Big Sky basketball notes published by the league office. 

South Dakota dumps Eastern

Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team gave up a seven-point second-half lead and lost to South Dakota 78-72 in Vermillion Monday night.  You can read more here.

Huskers put big hurt on Eags

Any momentum Eastern Washington’s struggling men’s basketball team might have picked up from its 95-91 home win over Seattle University last Wednesday might have been smothered Saturday night when the Eagles suffered a 72-42 road loss to Nebraska.

You can get the game details supplied by EWU’s sports information folks here, and you can get an early look at the game story that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R here.

I’ve also included this link to the AP story that appeared in the Omaha World Herald, and this link to the gamer posted by the Lincoln Journal. 



was smothered  

Eags get first D-I victory

Eastern Washington squandered most of a 20-point second-half lead at Reese Court Wednesday night, held to edge visiting Seattle University 95-91 for its first victory over an NCAA Division-I opponent.

You can get an early look at the game story that will appear in Thursday morning’s S-R here, and you check out what EWU’s sports information department posted about the game here.


Dean’s return takes point pressure off Winford

Glen Dean, after missing EWU’s first seven men’s basketball games with a stress fracture in his left foot, has returned to handle the Eagles’ point-guard chores, and teammate Kevin Winford is as pleased as anyone to have Dean back.

You can get an early look at the story about Dean’s return that will run in Wednesday morning’s S-R here.



Eags’ Dean cleared to practice

Eastern Washington’s sophomore point guard Glen Dean, who has missed the Eagles first seven games of the season with a stress fracture in his foot, was cleared to practice earlier this week and could be available for Sunday rematch against San Jose State in San Jose, Calif.

In addition, EWU coach Kirk Earlywine also expects to have junior guard Cliff Colimon (ankle) and junior forward Rashano McRae back (concussion) after both missed several games with injuries.

You can read more here.

Rogers boys trip up Shadle

If the Rogers/Shadle Park boys basketball opener Tuesday is a harbinger of what Greater Spokane League play will be like - and I think it is - it should be a fun roller coaster this winter.

Here’s a link to my game story. Rogers’ Deavon Daniels is pictured above blocking a shot.

GSL boys basketball

For those who want to follow along, I will be tweeting (twitter.com/srpreps) at the Shadle Park/Rogers boys game tonight.

So much for a transition between fall and winter!

Thursday Prep Page

Click the link below to see what’s on tap today including our Greater Spokane League boys basketball preseason package.

Lewiston at CdA girls ppd

The anticipated early showdown between three-time defending Idaho 5A state girls basketball champ Coeur d’Alene and runner-up Lewiston, scheduled for tonight at CdA, has been postponed because of the storm passing through the area. No makeup date has been announced.

In fact, it looks like most of tonight’s schedule will be wiped out in North Idaho.

Vandals turn back Eagles 70-60

Eastern Washington got a school-record eight 3-pointers and a career-high 28 points from sophomore guard Kevin Winford Saturday afternoon at Reese Court, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Eagles from suffering a 70-60 non-conference men’s basketball loss to Idaho.

The Vandals, were paced offensively by Deremy Geiger’s 24 points. UI held Eastern scoreless over the last 5:08 of the game.

Here is the game story.

Vandals up by seven at intermission

After making only one of their first nine field-goal tries, the Idaho Vandals closed the first half of Saturday’s non-conference game against Eastern Washington by going 13-for-20 and building a 37-30 halftime lead.

Jeff Ledbetter led UI’s first-half scoring with nine points on 3-for-5 shooting from 3-point range, while teammate Deremy Geiger added 8.

Eastern, playing without Cliff Colimon (ankle) and Rashano McRae (concussion), was led offensively by Kevin Winford’s 11 points.


Eags test Broncs on road, host Idaho on Saturday

Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team will play at Boise State Wednesday night in the first of three difficult games that include a 3:05 p.m. Reese Court matchup against Idaho on Saturday and a short trip to the McCarthey Athletic Center next Tuesday to face a Gonzaga team that might still be smarting from last night’s lopsided loss to K-State.

You can get more details here.

Eags hold on for first win of year

Eastern Washington, after spitting away the better part of a 23-point lead, survived a late 3-point and free-throw flurry by Northwest University to earn a 96-87 men’s basketball win at Reese Court Thursday night.

Cliff Colimon finished with a team-high 21 points for the Eagles (1-2), who had five players score in double figures. EWU’s Laron Griffin had career highs in points (19), rebounds (16) and assists (4) and tied his career best with three steals.

Other top scorers for Eastern included Tremayne Johnson (19), Jeffrey Forbes (15) and Cliff Ederaine (10).

Here is the game story.

Eastern up 49-31 at intermission

Eastern Washington used 8-for-12 shooting from beyond the 3-point line and some aggresive work on the boards to roll up a 49-31 halftime lead over visiting Northwest University at Reese Court.

The Eagles’ Cliff Colimon leads all scorers with 14 points, while teammates Laron Griffin and Jeffrey Forbes have each added 10.

Northwest, an NAIA school based in Kirkland, shot just 35.7 percent (10-28) in the opening period and made only one of six 3-point tries. 

Hardest working player on the court in Griffin, who eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block to go along with his 10 points. 

WSU will play Oregon State at Qwest in 2011


Some big news coming out of the bye week in Pullman. The Cougars will not be playing UNLV at Qwest Field next year as previously announced. Nope, instead Washington State will face Oregon State at the Seahawks’ home on Oct. 22. A pretty big upgrade for the Seattle-area fans. We have more on the link, so read on.

Aztecs Upset Gonzaga, Harris Hurt

It was pretty much an inside job. San Diego State senior forward Billy White poured in a career-high 30 points and the Aztecs enjoyed a 39-29 rebounding edge, which fueled a 79-76 men’s basketball victory over 11th-ranked Gonzaga in front of 6,000 Tuesday at the McCarthey Athletic Center. The loss was just Gonzaga’s fifth in 82 games at the McCarthey Athletic Center. To make matters worse, Gonzaga standout sophomore forward Elias Harris left with an injury late in the game. “I think it’s my Achilles’ (tendon),” said Harris, who will have an MRI today. “I heard something pop. I couldn’t get up in the air and I couldn’t run any more”/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

  • Cutline: Gonzaga’s Elias Harris tries to get a ball past San Diego State’s Billy White, left, but ends up in a tussle where White got called for the foul on Tuesday. Harris was hurt later in the game. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Question: Do you see Gonzaga’s loss to San Diego State last night as a reality check re: great expectations for 2011-12? Or a bump on the road to another great season?

Huskies hammer Eastern

Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team stepped away from Reese Court for the first time Tuesday night and suffered a 98-72 loss to the 17th-ranked University of Washington Huskies in Seattle.

You can read the Associated Press game story that ran in Wednesday morning’s S-R here, and you can read the Seattle Times gamer here.  In addition, I’ve included this link to what EWU’s sports information department post about the game, this link to what UW’s sports info folks posted and this link to the Everett Herald’s gamer.


WSU and the blustery day


You take a half-day off and all heck breaks loose. Literally. With the way the wind was blowing yesterday, everything broke loose. At least all the leaves are finally off the trees – and in the neighbor’s yard. The wind was coming out of the south, so it may have been in response to Saturday, I don’t know. Anyhow, we try to catch up, so read on.

UPDATE: The Pac-10 released its academic all-conference selections and Washington State had seven first-team members, more than any school. They are: Jared Karstetter, Micah Hannam (for the third time), Chris Prummer (second), Kevin Kooyman (second), Casey Hamlett, Kyle McCartney and Chima Nwachukwu (third). Andrei Lintz was on the second team. Daniel Blackledge, Justin Clayton, Darren Markle and Skylar Stormo were honorable mention.

WSU’s win restores some smiles


The official reason this post is going up at 9:30 p.m. is because I wanted to wait for my follow to be on the website. For the unofficial reason, the one the boss doesn’t need to hear, read on.

WSU’s win over OSU, the day after, all done


We’re getting an early start on the day-after post because we have to get going on the trip home. And we’re going to do this a bit differently. We’ll cover the Washington State report now, then hit you later with the rest of the Pac-10 – and what a Saturday it was – after we get a bit farther down the road. For your Cougar fix, read on.

• UPDATE: We’ve added Pac-10 links to the bottom of the post.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s football, basketball games


We’re headed for an early end to the night, but before we go we wanted to pass along a couple links and some news about Reid Forrest. Read on.