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Syracuse’s Tyus Battle, center, drives to the hoop past Eastern Washington’s Kim Aiken, left, Luka Vulikic, back, and Jesse Hunt, right, in the first half  Tuesday in Syracuse, N.Y. (Nick Lisi / AP)

No. 16 Syracuse shuts down shorthanded Eastern Washington in season opener

The good for Eastern Washington: The Eagles limited 16th-ranked Syracuse to 28 first-half points in Tuesday’s season opener at the Carrier Dome. The bad: scoring a meager 10 points. The ugly: Syracuse’s eventual 66-34 rout of EWU, the Eagles’ worst offensive output of the 2010s.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, right, talks to his son Buddy Boeheim, left, during the first half of the team's college basketball exhibition game against Le Moyne in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi) ORG XMIT: NYNL109 (Nick Lisi / AP)

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 changes Tuesday at 4 p.m. PST when the Eagles face Jim Boeheim’s 16th-ranked Orange, both teams’season opener at Syracuse’s 33,000-seat Carrier Dome.

Jake Groves helped Shadle Park reach the state regionals after the Highlanders won two games on Monday in the District 8 3A tournament. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 10:56 a.m.

Shadle Park hoops standout Jacob Groves commits to Eastern Washington

Add another Groves to the Eastern Washington men's basketball program. Shadle Park sharpshooter Jacob Groves announced his verbal commitment to EWU on Sunday, where he'll join his 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman brother, Tanner Groves. "Proud to announce I have verbally committed ...

Shantay Legans’ Eastern Washington Eagles face a rugged nonconference schedule in his second season as head coach. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

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 the Eagles opening at Syracuse on Nov. 6. Other rugged nonconference road games include Pac-12 opponents Oregon, Washington and Stanford.

Idaho forward Arkadiy Mkrtychyan  pulls down an offensive rebound while Eastern Washington’s Cody Benzel, Ty Gibson, Bogdan Bliznyuk and Mason Peatling, from left, watch during the first half  Feb. 9 in Moscow, Idaho. (Pete Caster / AP)

UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

Big Sky goes back to 20-game conference basketball schedule

The Big Sky Conference announced Tuesday that its men’s and women’s basketball teams will play a 20-game conference schedule this winter. With the loss of the University of North Dakota, members of the 11-team conference, including Eastern Washington and Idaho, ...

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EWU 85, Northern Arizona 68

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