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Positive COVID-19 test, contact protocol leads to temporary shutdown of Eastern Washington men’s basketball

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 3, 2021

Eastern Washington head coach Shantay Legans shouts instructions to his Eagles during the first half against Arizona on Dec. 5 in Tucson, Ariz.  (Associated Press)
Eastern Washington head coach Shantay Legans shouts instructions to his Eagles during the first half against Arizona on Dec. 5 in Tucson, Ariz. (Associated Press)

The coronavirus continues to take a toll on the Eastern Washington men’s basketball program.

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.

Big Sky Conference home games against Portland State were canceled last week and an upcoming series Thursday and Saturday at Weber State is also canceled.

EWU, which will miss five of its first six Big Sky games, returns to action Jan. 14 in Cheney against Southern Utah, nearly a month after its previous game, a 80-64 win at Northern Arizona on Dec. 19.

Six Big Sky Conference men’s basketball games were canceled last week. They likely won’t be rescheduled, according to the the conference, and the league champion and conference tournament seeding will be decided by winning percentage.

Three EWU players and an assistant coach have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the season.

Positive coronavirus tests within EWU and its opponents have led to eight cancellations and three postponements for the Eagles, who played six players in a 71-68 season-opening loss at Washington State while several players quarantined.

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