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EWU’s Jois, Harvey first-team All-Big Sky

Fighting through injuries all the way to a championship, Tyler Harvey and Venky Jois of Eastern Washington earned another reward Monday: a place on the All-Big Sky Conference first team in men’s basketball.

Remembering Idaho’s dominant days in the Big Sky Conference tourney

Don Monson hosted two Big Sky Conference Tournaments at the Kibbie Dome as coach of Idaho, winning both of them in 1981 and 1982. He took the Vandals to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in the process. I was lucky enough to get my hands on authentic game programs from the era.

Tested Eagles set for tourney

Caution: more basketball drama ahead for Eastern Washington fans. That may be a good thing, as the Eastern Washington men’s and women basketball teams are definitely feeling tournament-tested even before the postseason begins.

Tested Eagles ready for Big Sky tourney

Together, the Eastern Washington men's and women's basketball teams will descend on Missoula this week for the Big Sky Conference tournaments, confident that they’ve been there, done that as the season hits the homestretch.

Eagles, Grizzlies share Big Sky title

OGDEN, Utah – With the team in the locker room, Eastern Washington coaches sat on their team’s bench in the Dee Events Center, in awe of the moment. The Eagles were Big Sky Champions for the first time since 2004 and only the third time in school history. After falling behind by as many as 19 points, the Eagles mounted a comeback and stole a victory, defeating the Weber State Wildcats 79-71 in overtime Saturday night. Eastern Washington trailed or was tied from the opening tip until 1:40 remained in overtime.

Vandals fall to Bengals in finale

Chris Hansen scored 23 points with five 3-pointers and the Idaho State Bengals hung on at the end to beat the Idaho Vandals 67-65 on Saturday night in Pocatello. Nnamdi Ezenwa had 14 points and Geno Luzcando added 10 for the Bengals.

Eagles share Big Sky title

Venky Jois had 22 points and 16 rebounds as Eastern Washington beat Weber State 79-71 in overtime for a share of the Big Sky Conference title on Saturday night.

Women’s basketball: EWU climbs to third in Big Sky

Melissa Williams hit a turnaround jumper with 27 seconds remaining, lifting the Eastern Washington women to a 62-58 Big Sky Conference victory over Idaho State at Reese Court in Cheney on Thursday night. Williams recorded her 11th double-double of the season, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, and the Eagles (18-10, 11-6) moved into a tie for third place, with one game remaining.

Eagles win, climb into tie atop Big Sky

POCATELLO, Idaho – Tyler Harvey scored 24 points, Venky Jois scored 21 with 10 rebounds and Eastern Washington held off Idaho State 85-81 on Thursday to move into a three-way tie at the top of the Big Sky Conference with one game remaining. Drew Brandon had 11 points, including the clinching free throws with 8 seconds left, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Eagles, who are tied with Sacramento State – which lost at Southern Utah – and Montana.

Joel Bolomboy leads Weber State past Idaho

Joel Bolomboy scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Weber State kept its bid for a spot in the Big Sky Conference tournament alive with a 74-63 win over Idaho Thursday night in Ogden, Utah. Weber State is battling for one of three remaining tournament berths and pulled into a three-way tie for sixth place with Idaho and Portland State.

Eagles win, climb into tie atop Big Sky

POCATELLO, Idaho – Tyler Harvey scored 24 points, Venky Jois scored 21 with 10 rebounds and Eastern Washington held off Idaho State 85-81 on Thursday to move into a three-way tie at the top of the Big Sky Conference with one game remaining.

Four corners: Eastern Washington Eagles

COMING UP: Tonight at Idaho State, 6; Saturday at Weber State, 6. OUTLOOK: Saturday’s game matches the top two teams in the Big Sky – according to the preseason polls. Reality is another thing: Eastern is sitting in second, where it was picked last fall, but perennial power Weber hasn’t even qualified for the conference tournament. To reach the eight-team field, the Wildcats may need to beat Eastern, which has lost three of its last five and could finish anywhere from first to fourth in what’s turned out to be a crazy league race. First up for EWU is a game at last-place Idaho State. The Bengals gave Eastern a good game back in January, but have lost seven of their last eight. The hero was freshman forward Bogdan Bliznyuk, who scored 17 that day but has been quiet in recent games. Then comes the finale at Weber, which hasn’t won two in a row since early January and barely beat ISU (61-57) last weekend. Jeremy Senglin averages 15.5 points and Joel Bolomboy is easily the top rebounder in the conference at 10.2 per game.

Four corners: Idaho Vandals

Coming up: Tonight at Weber State, 6; Saturday at Idaho State, 7. Outlook: After a tumultuous conference season, the way to a Big Sky Conference tournament bid is as simple as it will get: Win one game and the Vandals are in. Seeding is still on the line as the Vandals could finish anywhere from Nos. 5 to 8. There’s still a chance the Vandals can get in without winning this weekend in Ogden, Utah, or Pocatello, but they’ll need Southern Utah to lose once. Idaho swept Weber State and Idaho State in its opening series of the conference season. A three-quarter court heave from Mike Scott to end the first half was the difference in Idaho’s 86-84 win over the Wildcats on Jan. 3. Idaho is riding a three-game winning streak against Idaho State dating to the 2012-13 season.

Eagles have all their weapons

One thing’s for sure: This week’s road trip will not define the Eastern Washington basketball season. That’s already happened, in the form of 21 wins – the most in modern school history – a 13-2 record at Reese Court and a strong run at the Big Sky Conference regular-season title.

Eastern needs to win, Sac State to falter for Eagles to host Big Sky tournament

Yes, that was  a costly loss to Montana last week, but Eastern Washington has plenty to play for this week, even if the Eagles don’t get to host the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball tournament. The biggest key for the Eagles is to get back in the groove, health-wise and shooting-wise, on  this week’s road trip. 

Sacramento State takes over Big Sky lead

Mikh McKinney pumped in 21 points and Sacramento State took over first place in the Big Sky Conference with a 73-60 win over Portland State Saturday night in Portland. With two road games remaining, Sacramento State is a half-game ahead of Montana and a game ahead of Eastern Washington.

Hill catches fire as Vandals defeat Bobcats

Connor Hill made five 3-pointers and scored 21 points in an 80-73 win over Montana State to send out Hill, Mike Scott and Bira Seck as winners in their final home games as Idaho Vandals.

Grizzlies edge Eagles in Big Sky showdown

Montana edged Eastern Washington 77-76 on Saturday. Montana (17-11, 13-4) moved a half-game ahead of Eastern Washington (21-8, 12-4) near the top of the Big Sky Conference. Sacramento State defeated Portland State to take over first place.