The youngsters played like veterans Sunday afternoon at Reese Court, not because they wanted to, but because they had to.
And the senior-less Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team used the 22 points, 11 rebounds from sophomore forward Venky Jois for an 87-58 basketball victory over Pacific University in the Eagles’ season opening game.
Jois, the “Freshman of the Year” in the Big Sky Conference a year ago, added five assists, three blocked shots and three steals. He had 16 points and eight rebounds in the second half as Eastern’s 15-point halftime lead turned into a 29-point runaway.
Junior guard Parker Kelly scored 12 of his points in the first half, and finished with 15 points. JC transfer Drew Brandon finished with 14 points while sophomore guard Tyler Harvey added 13 points. Martin Seiferth chipped in 10 points .
The schedule gets much more difficult for the Eagles, who play at Washington of the Pac-12 Conference this Sunday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. in a game televised by the Pac-12 Networks. The Huskies were 18-16 a year ago overall and 9-9 in the Pac-12.