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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 11:07 p.m.

Eastern Washington men open their season at 16th-ranked Syracuse

As a player, second-year Eastern Washington head coach Shantay Legans often locked up with the nation’s premier basketball institutions. Legans has never crossed paths with longtime power Syracuse, though. That …


Eastern Washington men: ‘Next man up’ approach for guard-heavy Eagles

When EWU begins its 2018-19 campaign Nov. 6 at national power Syracuse, the Eagles will have four returning starters who averaged less than double figures.


Eagles to face Syracuse in basketball opener

It will be a season full of challenges for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team when the Eagles embark upon their 2018-19 nonconference schedule. The schedule, announced Monday, has …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 8:54 p.m.

Former Eastern Washington hoops star Bogdan Bliznyuk awaits his professional destination

Bogdan Bliznyuk, the Big Sky Conference’s all-time leading scorer, will likely know his first professional destination following today’s NBA Draft. The 6-foot-6 guard is projected to go either undrafted or …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

On the court or in the classroom, Eastern Washington’s Sir Washington has overcome all obstacles

Five years ago, Sir Washington somehow made it through high school, despite every obstacle life placed in his way. Two years later, he overcame injury and was on the court …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Eastern Washington basketball adds high-scoring guard Mike Meadows

Eastern Washington has added a high-scoring guard from Southern California, coach Shantay Legans announced Tuesday.


Press Box Podcast: Eastern Washington basketball coach Shantay Legans discusses Bogdan Bliznyuk’s talents, comings and goings of his Eagles

On Friday, Shantay Legans joined host Larry Weir on The Spokesman-Review’s Press Box Podcast


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

Eastern Washington basketball adds Savannah State transfer Ralueke Orizu

Eastern Washington has added some size in the frontcourt with the signing of Savannah State transfer Ralueke Orizu, coach Shantay Legans announced Thursday.


Eastern Washington’s Shantay Legans says mid-major upsets might become more rare with new college basketball reforms

Is March about to lose some of its Madness? Eastern Washington basketball coach Shantay Legans agrees with most of the recommendations made Wednesday by the Commission on College Basketball.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 6:42 p.m.

After successful season, Eastern Washington basketball coach Shantay Legans ready to roll into next year

With the season over, you’d think Eastern Washington basketball coach Shantay Legans could relax. Not so fast – his wife Tatjana is due soon with their second child.


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Eastern Washington looks to postseason, beyond after tough setback against Montana

While stepping through the wreckage, Eastern Washington was already picking up the pieces Saturday night.


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

Eastern Washington fades in second half as Montana wins Big Sky Tournament championship

The Big Sky Conference’s automatic bid belongs to Montana. The Grizzlies rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Eastern Washington 82-65 on Saturday night in the championship game of …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 11:21 p.m.

Bogdan Bliznyuk becomes Big Sky’s all-time leading scorer while leading Eastern Washington to title game

By the end of the night, every basketball fan in the Big Sky Conference had to wonder: How much more history can Bogdan Bliznyuk and Eastern Washington make in one …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Bogdan Bliznyuk powers Eastern Washington into Big Sky Tournament semifinals

On a day when the favorites played down to the level of the competition, the Eastern Washington Eagles elevated their game to new heights Thursday night.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

Bogdan Bliznyuk leaves lasting legacy on, off court at Eastern Washington

Either way, Bogdan Bliznyuk is the surest thing in the Big Sky Conference, the basketball version of another lightly recruited Eagle by the name of Cooper Kupp.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 5:11 p.m.

Eastern Washington, Idaho men one win away from Big Sky Tournament semifinal showdown

As Idaho and Eastern Washington step under the lights Thursday night, they can only hope their opponents don’t shoot them out.


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 11:23 p.m.

Eastern Washington men’s basketball riding hot streak into Big Sky Tournament

Why not Eastern Washington? Coach Shantay Legans has been asking that question since before the season began, when his Eagles were picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference.


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 7:08 p.m.

Eastern Washington honors trio of seniors, handles Northern Arizona in regular-season finale

Saturday afternoon at Reese Court was all about saying bye to a trio of seniors, including career scoring leader Bogdan Bliznyuk, Sir Washington and Benas Griciunas. Then the Eagles went …


Eastern Washington basketball has plenty to play for in final week of regular season

Besides the chance to build on a four-game winning streak, the Eagles have a chance to earn a first-round bye in next week’s Big Sky Conference tournament and send three …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 10 p.m.

Bogdan Bliznyuk becomes automatic from free-throw line for Eastern Washington

After Saturday’s win over Montana State, the topic at Eastern Washington’s postgame presser turned to free throws – especially Bogdan Bliznyuk’s knack for making a lot of them. Bliznyuk has …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Eastern Washington defeats Montana State behind Bogdan Bliznyuk’s near triple-double

Eastern Washington was coming off its biggest win over the season, Thursday night over Big Sky Conference leader Montana. But if this were a trap game, the Eagles barely noticed. …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Eastern Washington hands Montana first loss of Big Sky season

Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 19 points with six rebounds and five assists and Eastern Washington ended Montana’s 13-game winning streak 74-65 on Thursday night.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Sir Washington has made huge strides on, off the court for Eastern Washington basketball

Eastern Washington basketball coach Shantay Legans couldn’t believe his ears. The telephone call came last November from a proud mother who needed some tickets for a special event.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 4:42 p.m.

Eastern Washington basketball seeks statement win against conference-leading Montana

Eastern Washington has lost two straight games for the first time since mid-November. With the Big Sky tournament less than three weeks away, a win over the league leaders would …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, 6:21 p.m.

Eastern Washington men encounter opportunity for road sweep at perfect time

Eastern Washington’s motto this week: two for the road. For several reasons, the Eagles could use a sweep this weekend at Sacramento State and Portland State.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 27, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Hard-nosed Eastern Washington Eagles get it done in end, defeat Northern Colorado 67-65

There will be more games like this for Eastern Washington, with hard-nosed defense, multiple lead changes and clutch plays at the end. Saturday afternoon’s Big Sky Conference encounter with Northern …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 7:02 p.m.

Bogdan Bliznyuk stands on brink of scoring mark with Eastern Washington home for two games

Bogdan Bliznyuk is excited about becoming the leading career scorer in Eastern Washington history. He just doesn’t want to talk about it.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 5:41 p.m.

Twice the fun: Eastern Washington, Idaho meet in basketball doubleheader

The idea was so good, Wendy Schuller wondered why they hadn’t done it sooner.


Eastern Washington men exude confidence in improved Big Sky Conference

Eastern Washington took some lumps during the nonconference men’s basketball season. Now the Eagles hope to inflict a few on their Big Sky Conference brethren.


Eastern Washington men clamp down on NAIA Providence before holiday break

For Eastern Washington coach Shantay Legans, this really was the best of both worlds.