Tyler Harvey scored 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and added six rebounds and five assists to lead Eastern Washington to a 92-85 victory over Portland State on Thursday night in Portland.
The victory was Eastern’s (13-4, 4-0 Big Sky) fifth straight, and kept the Eagles atop the conference standings.
Parker Kelly finished with a season-high 19 points, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and Bogdan Bliznyuk had 18 points off the bench for the Eagles.
Junior Venky Jois scored four early points but left the game with an ankle injury 9 minutes into the contest, and didn’t return.
Eastern Washington’s offense was on point for much of the night, shooting 50 percent from the field while hitting 13 3-pointers.
The Eagles had an 11-2 run midway through the first half and took a 42-29 lead into the break. Harvey’s 3-pointer pushed their lead to as many as 17 in the second half.
Portland State chipped away late, cutting the lead to six, but the early deficit was too much for the Vikings.
Gary Winston scored 25 points to lead the Vikings (8-7, 2-3).
This is the first time since the 2002-03 season that Eastern has started conference play with four straight wins.
The Eagles will travel to face Sacramento State (10-6, 4-1) on Saturday with first place on the line. Both teams enter the contest with four wins.
Southern Utah 71, Idaho State 67: Casey Oliverson had 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds and the Thunderbirds (4-11, 1-3) defeated the Bengals (4-13, 1-4) in Cedar City, Utah.
Chris Hansen paced Idaho State (4-13, 1-4) with 23 points and Marcus Bradley had 13 with seven boards.
Weber State 74, Northern Arizona 65: Jeremy Senglin scored a career-high 25 points and the Wildcats (8-3, 3-2) picked up their first road victory, beating the Lumberjacks (7-10, 2-2) in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Senglin made three of Weber State’s eight 3-pointers and sank 12 of 15 free throws. Weber State won for the seventh straight time at Flagstaff. Joel Bolomboy had 16 points and 12 rebounds for his sixth double-double this season.
Kris Yanku scored a season-high 27 points for the Lumberjacks.
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