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Second conference game is a must win for EWU


Eastern Washington hosts Montana tonight (7:05; 1050-AM) in what has become, already, a must-win Big Sky basketball game.

The Eagles are in turmoil after Thursday's home loss to lowly Montana State and probably no amount of player meetings will cure what ails them – unless they want to fix it. They must show more discipline – and not just during the games – if they are going to win the conference title.

Speaking of discipline, the Eagles will see it from their opponent tonight. The Grizzlies, who are coached by an old Grizzly, Wayne Tinkle, have played in the last two NCAA tournaments, including winning a game last year.

John Blanchette profiled Tinkle and the job he's charged with in today's S-R.

Tinkle, who attended Ferris High, had to wait to get the job, but he showed patience and finally earned the position last spring.

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