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NCAA scoring leader Harvey isn’t looking at stats

Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey, left, tries to disrupt shot of Idaho State’s Ben Wilson on Saturday in Cheney. (Tyler Tjomsland)
Eastern Washington’s Tyler Harvey, left, tries to disrupt shot of Idaho State’s Ben Wilson on Saturday in Cheney. (Tyler Tjomsland)

It's a great time to be Tyler Harvey, who won a big national honor this week.
Eastern Washington's junior guard is coming off a career-high 39-point effort against Weber State last week, a game that helped him become the leading scorer in the nation with a 23.4 average.
Harvey also is fresh off a 16-point game against Idaho State, when the shots didn't fall against a defense that was designed to shut him down, but his teammates were there to pick up the slack.

 

"We have lots of weapons on this team," Harvey said Monday after practice at Reese Court.

And that's the point: Eastern is 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the Big Sky Conference going into Saturday's game at Idaho. Harvey said he didn't realize he was the national scoring leader until coach Jim Hayford told him after the win over Weber State. "It's cool, but I'd rather win," Harvey said as Hayford and teammate Parker Kelly looked on.

Hours later, Harvey also was named the player of the week in the Big Sky. Besides his gaudy scoring numbers, Harvey also leads the nation in 3-pointers made with 4.6 per game while playing 36.1 minutes a game.



Jim Allen
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