Southern Utah rode a late 14-3 run and efficient free-throw shooting to hold off the defending Big Sky Conference champion Eastern Washington Eagles in a seesaw 99-94 win, splitting the two-game series.
The Eagles, who hadn't played a game in nearly a month due to several coronavirus-related cancellations, rode junior big man Tanner's Groves and a late surge at Reese Court to hand the Thunderbirds their first Big Sky Conference loss.
The brothers can thank their 6-9 grandfather – former Shadle Park player and coach Jim Groves – and their 6-6 father – former Shadle Park and Community Colleges of Spokane forward Randy Groves – for an accommodating gene pool. Their mother, Tara Groves, is Whitworth's all-time leading scorer.
Jenna Dick scored 21 points, Aaliyah Alexander notched a double-double and Eastern Washington topped Weber State 78-57 Thursday night in Cheney for its third straight Big Sky win.
Maisie Burnham is used to leading her team in scoring. She led the Liberty Lancers to the State 2B championship last season, earning 2B State player of the year in the process.
After a player tested positive last week and several others began to quarantine following COVID-19 contact protocols, EWU (2-4, 1-0) has ceased basketball operations until Jan. 10, according to fourth-year head coach Shantay Legans.
Tanner Groves, Eastern Washington’s 6-foot-9 junior forward, has been rewarded for a hot start to the 2020-21 basketball season. HoopsHD.com has named the Shadle Park graduate to its mid-season All-Big Sky Conference team.
A positive coronavirus test within the Eastern Washington men's basketball program halted the Eagles' two Big Sky Conference home games against Portland State scheduled for Thursday and Saturday.
The 8,000-mile pipeline between Australia and Cheney remains strong, pumping out a valued export for the Eastern Washington men's basketball program.
Eastern Washington junior forward Tanner Groves was named the Big Sky Conference's player of the week on Monday.
Kim Aiken Jr. connected on 5 of 7 3-point attempts en route 19 points and the defending Big Sky champion Eagles opened conference play with a 80-64 over the Lumberjacks on Saturday in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The first of two make-up games in Flagstaff, Arizona was cancelled on Friday, two hours before tipoff on due to a possible positive test on EWU's team.