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Eastern Washington will close its 2008-9 men’s basketball season — again — when it faces Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif.
You can read an unedited version fo the game advance that will appear in Friday morning’s S-R below, and you can read the game notes supplied by EWU’s sports information department here.
And feel free to leave your thoughts on Friday night’s game. Do the Eags have a shot? Did Saint Mary’s make a big mistake in scheduling this game? And how would you, as a college basketball player, react to playing such a game after thinking your season had ended almost two weeks earlier?
Eastern Washington’s athletic director Bill Chaves said the Eagles will get a monetary guarantee of $40,000 for traveling down to Moraga, Calif., to play Saint Mary’s College on Friday.
Sorry I didn’t post this earlier as I had mentioned, but State B basketball has been taking up much of my time of late. So here’s a link to the story I wrote for Saturday morning’s S-R about the late-season game. And here’s the link to story Saint Mary’s posted on its website, complete with comments from Gaels coach Randy Bennett.
I just got off the phone with Eastern Washington’s head men’s basketball coach Kirk Earlywine, who called to let me know the story I wrote following the Eagles’ 68-62 overtime loss to Portland State in last Saturday’s regular-season final in Cheney was not factually correct.
In the game story I filed, I noted how the four seniors making their final appearance at Reese Court had succeeded in extending their season — but only for five minutes, which was how long it took to play the extra period.
It turns out, that wasn’t the case.
Greetings from Tacoma - third week on the road. It’s the rest of the state versus the Tacoma area schools in the Dome. We’ll find out if last year’s finalist, Federal Way can ascend to the 4A throne vacated by Ferris. Kentridge, Todd Beamer, Curtis, Foss and Decatur make up nearly half of the field and AP Poll media voters’ concensus was that this is where state power lies. Walla Walla (Beamer), Eisenhower (Curtis) and Gonzaga Prep (Decatur) face half of them. Lewis and Clark girls play Federal Way to open their title defense. Both the Bullpups and Tigers play late on Wednesday.
Here’s Doug Pacey’s take on the tournament from the News-Tribune in Tacoma.
I’ll be in touch.
The B’s are in Spokane where Northwest Christian is going for four in a row, Colfax, a former 1A power is hoping to crash the girls title party. 1A is in Yakima where Freeman girls are the lone local representative.
The Eastern Washington Eagles had hoped to spend the next few days doing a little scoreboard watching and hoping Montana State might stumble a couple of times and let them sneak into the Big Sky Conference Tournament that opens next Saturday.
Instead they will be busy turning in practice gear after watching their postseason tournament hopes flicker out on Saturday night when they suffered a 66-62 overtime loss at home to Portland State.
Portland State put an end to Eastern Washington’s Big Sky Tournament hopes and season Saturday night by posting a 66-62 overtime win over the Eaglesa at Reese Court.
You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R below.
Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball team closes regular-season play at home tonight against Big Sky rival Portland State, needing a win to keep its slim post-season hopes alive.
Tonight’s game also marks the final appearance at home for four seniors on EWU’s roster.
You can read the S-R story on those seniors and how they are approaching Senior Night here, and you can get more details on tonight’s game and what else needs to transpire for the Eagles to play on into the postseason here.
In addition, I’ve included these game notes supplied by PSU’s sports information department.
Eastern Washington University shot the ball horribly and executed poorly down the stretch in both regulation and overtime play Tuesday night, suffering a 63-59 overtime loss to Seattle University at Reese Court.
You can read an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Wednesday’s S-R below.
Eastern Washington will have a difficult time not looking past Seattle University tonight when the two teams square off in a non-conference men’s basketball matchup.
Still, Eagles coach Kirk Earlywine insists he is focused on the Redhawks rather that the Portland State Vikings, who will invade Reese Court on Saturday night for a game that will, in all likelihood, determine EWU’s fate as far as qualifying for the six-team Big Sky Conference Tournament is concerned.
You can read the notes supplied by Eastern’s sports information department on tonight’s game here, and be sure to check back later tonight for an early read on the unedited game story that will appear in Wednesday morning’s S-R.
They are tearing down the press courtside press tables at Reese Court, and the power had bee n shut off, but I still wanted to post the story on Eastern’s important 60-59 win over Northern Colorado on Saturday night.
You can read an unedited version of the gamer that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R below. And I would love to hear what those of you in attendance thought of UNC coach Tad Boyle’s meltdown over an officials call near the end of the game.
Eastern Washington held Sacramento State to just nine first-half points and breezed to an easy 67-46 Big Sky Conference win at Reese Court on Thursday night.
I’ve attached an unedited version of the game story that will appear in Friday’s S-R below.
We’re still a few hours away from tipoff at Reese Court, where Eastern will be entertaining Sac State tonight in a matchup featuring the bottom two teams in the Big Sky Conference standings.
Eastern (9-13 overall, 3-7) is in eighth place, followed by the last-place Hornets (2-20, 1-8), who present some major concerns for Eagles coach Kirk Earlywine — even though his team beat Sac by double digits on the road earlier this winter.
I’ve included more details below, along with several links to other stories about Eastern basketball, so read on
Just sitting here waiting to tune in the Eastern Washington-Montana State that tips off in a little less than an hour in Bozeman. I will cobble together a game story of some kind after it’s over and post it here, so please check back.
In the meantime, for your pre-game reading, I’ve posted this link to the game notes supplied by EWU’s sports information department; this link to those published by MSU’s media relations folks, and this game advance that ran in Thursday morning’s Bozeman Chronicle.
Just thought I would leave a few belated links to stories about Eastern’s lopsided loss to Portland State on Saturday night.
Try this one to see what was reported in Sunday morning’s S-R; check out what Eastern’s sports information department had on the game here, and read the game story that ran in Sunday morning’s Oregonian here.
And while we’re at it, feel free to leave you opinions on EWU’s fast-fading chances of qualifying for the six-team Big Sky Conference Tournament on this post, as well.
Eastern Washington hosts Montana tonight as it nears the end of the first-half of its Big Sky Conference schedule.
You can read an unedited version of the game advance that will appear in Wednesday morning’s S-R below. In addition, I’ve included this link to to the game notes supplied by EWU’s sports information department, and this link to what Montana’s SID folks put on their website about the upcoming game.
Gonzaga Prep’s big guys stole the show in an easy 53-32 win over Central Valley. The Bullpups dominated the boards, dominated the defense and 6-7 Ryan Nicholas and 6-5 Travis Long hogged the scoring, combining for 43 of the Bullpups’ 53 points. CV didn’t score until a minute remained in the first quarter and trailed 28-3 before getting three points in the final 26 seconds of the first half. All-in-all it was one of the more impressive performances, for a team that had been in a bit of a funk lately. “We had fun out there tonight,” said coach Mike Haugen. “We might have lost that a bit.”
Shadle won easily - they’ve impressed of late - and seven other teams remain clumped, separated by a couple games in the win column.
Lewis and Clark’s girls needed a 19-9 fourth quarter to get away from University and win their 45th in a row. Mead, Shadle and CV kept pace.
Here are my stories in tomorrow’s S-R:
Despite another big night offensively by Benny Valentine, Eastern’s men’s basketball team lost another road game on Thursday, this one to Big Sky Conference rival Northern Colorado.
I included this link the game story that was complied from wire reports for Friday morning’s S-R; this link to the story posted on the EWU website, and this link to the gamer that ran in Friday’s Greeley Tribune
With just one game — a road trip to Northern Colorado — scheduled this week, there’s not a whole lot shakin’ at Eastern.
So what’s on the agenda for this morning? If it’s reading a lot of stories about WSU in particular and the Pac-10 in general, you might as well put together a list of alternatives. There isn’t all that much out there. But read on for what we found.
In the clear, somewhat sunny light of day, some thoughts about Washington State’s victory last night over Stanford. And some links. Read on.
I make a statement in my story tonight about how Taylor Rochestie’s game-winning bucket might just have saved this season for the Cougars. Too much hyperbole? Please let me know. Because it sure seemed like this win was key to me. Lose this one and WSU heads off to Oregon next week 0-3, with little chance of redeeming the Pac-10 season. But with a win the Cougars will face Oregon State with confidence and the possibility of coming back home to face UCLA with a winning conference record. Read on for the unedited version of my game story.
Taylor Rochestie’s drive, DeAngelo Casto’s defensive block and viola, the losing streak is over. But not without some tough moments. An offensive flurry – a 10-0 run to boot – to open the second half, capped by Klay Thompson’s fastbreak slam dunk over Mitch Johnson – and one – gave WSU a 34-32 lead. From there, Saturday night’s battle with Stanford became just that, a battle, with the Cougars pulling out a 55-54 win. The Cougars received some unexpected help from their bench, including Casto, who played in conjunction with Aron Baynes more than he has all year, and Abe Lodwick, to hang in until the end. Plus, the Cougars had their best free-throwing shooting effort of the season. Till then …
As shooting exhibitions go, this one was pretty horrendous, with WSU shooting 20 percent in a first half they trailed 30-22. Against the worst defensive team in the Pac-10 (at least as shooting percentage defense goes), Washington State managed to hit just 4 of 20 shots in the first half. The Cougars went almost 13 minutes without hitting a shot, from Klay Thompson’s 3-pointer with 12:56 left to go until Taylor Rochestie scored on a drive with 4 seconds left. Only their free-throw shooting (they were 12 of 15; when have I written that?) kept them anywhere near the Cardinal, who not only shot 42 percent from the floor, but dominated the boards, 18-12. Cougar coach Tony Bennett has come awfully close to his first-ever T, as he has expressed his disgust with Kevin Brill, Michael Iriving and Bill Staffen’s officiating more than once, including as he was leaving the floor. We’ll be back at the end of the game to update you. Till then …
The Stanford Cardinal presented matchup problems for every team in the Pac-10 last year, with the possible exception of UCLA. Two active 7-footers will do that. But the Lopez brothers are gone and, yet, the Cardinal still present matchup problems. Read on.
Before the Cal game Thursday night, Taylor Rochestie and Caleb Forrest – later joined by Aron Baynes – took the court a couple hours before game time, shot a while and then played a game of horse. The seniors were loose and ready, enjoying one of the last few home games of their college career. But when it came time, they turned serious and prepared to face one of the Pac-10’s hotter teams. Tonight, another one of those teams comes to Beasley, the Stanford Cardinal. And, as Rochestie said this week, it’s time for the Cougars “to start protecting our home court.” Read on.
Coeur d’Alene’s Devon Austin, left, comes around to harass Lake City’s Logan Frederickson Friday at Coeur d’Alene High. Behind Frederickson is Coeur d’Alene’s Chris Reed. Lake City defeated Coeur d’Alene 68-63 in overtime. You can read Greg Lee’s Sportslink blog account here. Jesse Tinsley/SR.
With Stanford coming to town tomorrow (hey, alliteration – Sister Patrice would be so proud), it seemed like a good time to put together a notebook. Read on for the unedited version. And, as a web-only bonus, I answer a question a lot of people have posed concerning one player’s court time.
COUGARS • UPDATED: 11:30 A.M.
It’s easy to tell when the Washington State Cougars are having a down season. The coverage dries up. And that’s what’s happening right now. Trying to find anything but a wire piece on the Cougars’ loss to Cal last night was next to impossible. Read on.
Well, if it’s any consolation for Coug fans, this one came down to the wire. Not many of the Cougars six losses have. Usually, the problem stretch occurs a lot earlier than it did Thursday night. But once again WSU was unable to make the plays it needed to win.
Read on for my story which will appear in tomorrow’s S-R.
There was just too much Patrick Christopher. The reigning Pac-10 player of the week looked like he wants to win the award two consecutive times Thursday. Not only did he finish with 22 points, but he stuck dagger after dagger into the Cougar second-half hopes, hitting just about every shot Cal need in their 57-50 road victory - including a back-door dunk with 1:30 left that sealed it. The Bears stay atop the Pac-10 with the hard-earned win. We’ll be back in about 90 minutes with the game story.