January 3, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 37

Hayford treasures first season, looks forward to the future of Eastern basketball

Jim Hayford could have agonized over the what-ifs after watching his team lose a lead in the final two minutes of the semifinal game of the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball tournament last week in Missoula.

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But he chose to take a positive out of the Eagles’ 74-66 loss to eventual NCAA tournament qualifier, Montana.

“It got away from us at the end but I was really proud of how the guys played,” he said.

The defeat ended Hayford’s first season on the job as head coach at Eastern. It was the first time in his college coaching career that a Hayford team finished with an under .500...

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