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Idaho men drop 79-77 Big Sky Conference overtime decision at Southern Utah

CEDAR CITY, Utah – James McGee scored 17 points and Trey Kennedy made a key pair of free throws with 12.8 seconds left in Southern Utah’s 79-77 Big Sky Conference men’s basketball overtime win against Idaho on Saturday night. Travon Langston gave the Thunderbirds the lead for good at 75-73 on a breakaway layup with 38 seconds left in overtime. Juwan Major added a free throw with 26.7 seconds that capped a 6-0 run for Southern Utah (8-17, 5-9 Big Sky).

Eastern’s loss muddles Big Sky outlook

Eastern Washington rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half, but missed its final five shots and Northern Arizona scored the final five points of the game at the free throw line to beat EWU 73-69 Saturday at the Walkup Skydome.

Big Sky basketball: NAU pulls away late, tops Idaho

Quinton Upshur’s 3-pointer with just less than 2 minutes to play Thursday gave Northern Arizona the lead and the Lumberjacks padded it in the final minute to beat Idaho 72-65 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The teams were within a field goal of each other for most of the final 10 minutes of the game. Sekou Wiggs’ three-point play with 2:16 left gave the Vandals a 65-64 lead, but Upshur answered with his 3-pointer and Idaho did not score again.

Venky Jois helps EWU defeat Southern Utah, reach 20 wins

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Venky Jois scored 22 points, nagging ankle injury and all, and Eastern Washington reached 20 wins for the second time as a Division I school with a 78-75 win over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds on Thursday night. “One of our goals for this team was to be a 20-win team,” Eastern head coach Jim Hayford said. “I’m really happy the team hit that mark, and we still have five games to improve on that.”

EWU’s Tyler Harvey listed among 16 for shooting guard award

Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey is one of 16 finalists for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award. Harvey, a junior, leads Division I in scoring offense (23.4 points per game) and 3-pointers per game (4.23). He is fourth in 3-point shooting percentage (45.8), 23rd in free-throw percentage (.873), and leads the Big Sky Conference in scoring, 3-pointers per game and free-throw percentage.

Former EWU safety Tevin McDonald takes his shot at combine

Tevin McDonald is ready to join the family business. The former Eastern Washington safety hopes to follow his father and older brother into the National Football League, and this week’s NFL Combine is the next step.

Northern Arizona pulls away late, tops Idaho

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Quinton Upshur’s 3-pointer with just under two minutes to play gave Northern Arizona the lead and the Lumberjacks padded it in the final minute to beat Idaho 72-65 on Thursday night.

Four corners: Eastern Washington Eagles

Coming up: Tonight at Southern Utah, 6:05; Saturday at Northern Arizona, 1:05. Outlook: Healing but humbled by their first home loss of the year, the first-place Eagles face a tough road trip against two teams that are fighting for a spot in the postseason. First up is Southern Utah, which finished last in the Sky last season but is coming off a road sweep at Weber and Idaho State. The T-Birds like to foul – 22.9 times per contest, seventh most in Division 1 – while preferring to slow the tempo. “We need to kill them at the free-throw line … and offensively we need to keep our identity,” said EWU coach Jim Hayford, whose team is averaging a conference-leading 80.9 points in conference play. After a 6-hour bus ride to Flagstaff, Arizona, the Eagles face a fourth-place NAU team that’s second in the conference in scoring defense (66.1ppg) and field-goal percentage defense (43.4 percent). The Lumberjacks’ balanced offense is led by senior guard Quinton Upshur (17.8 ppg) and sophomore forward Kris Yanku (16.1 ppg).

Four corners: Idaho Vandals

Coming up: Tonight at Northern Arizona, 5:30; Saturday at Southern Utah, 6 p.m. Outlook: Winners of three of their last four, the Vandals embark on their second-to-last Big Sky Conference road trip of the year looking to strengthen their seeding position for the Big Sky tournament. Idaho is coming off a home sweep of Portland State and Sacramento State. The Vandals have yet to face Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, both of which don’t visit Moscow this season. Idaho can pull itself within a game of fourth place with a win in Flagstaff, Arizona, against the Lumberjacks.

Injuries appear to be Big Sky-leading Eagles’ toughest hurdle

Eastern Washington basketball coach Jim Hayford likes where his team is sitting right now: alone in first place in the Big Sky Conference with six games to play. However, the Eagles sit there tenuously. They’re coming off their first home loss of the year, face four of their last six regular-season games on the road, and they’re coping with injuries – lots of them.

Vandals seize moment, topple Sacramento State

MOSCOW, Idaho – With the, at the time, Big Sky’s top team visiting the Cowan Spectrum on Saturday, most saw a title-contending team looking to take advantage of Eastern Washington’s loss hours earlier. Idaho coach Don Verlin saw opportunity through challenge, an opportunity his Vandals seized in a 69-58 win over Sacramento State.

Big Sky roundup: Montana outlasts Northern Colorado in triple overtime

Jordan Gregory knocked down a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left in the third overtime to lift Montana over Northern Colorado 83-81 on Saturday in Greeley, Colorado. Montana trailed by three points in the final seconds of the second overtime when Gregory rebounded his own missed 3-point attempt and air balled another 3. But Martin Breunig tapped the missed shot back out to Brandon Gfeller, who nailed the game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Vandals seize moment, topple Sacramento State

MOSCOW, Idaho – With the, at the time, Big Sky’s top team visiting the Cowan Spectrum on Saturday, most saw a title-contending team looking to take advantage of Eastern Washington’s loss hours earlier.

Eastern’s defense topples Hornets to take over first place

Defending the home court never felt this good. In the biggest game at Reese Court in more than a decade, Eastern Washington literally rose to the occasion Thursday night with a season-high 13 blocked shots in a 64-61 win over Sacramento State.