November 21, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 31

Eastern starts strong, fades versus UW

The Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team held a double-digit lead much of the game, but a late 12-0 run helped Washington pull away for a 92-80 victory Nov. 17 at Alaska Airlines Arena.

“To beat a good team on their home floor you need to play a complete game,” Eastern head coach Jim Hayford said. Eastern, which was out-scored at the free throw line 31-11, evened their record at 1-1. Eastern was coming off a wire-to-wire 87-58 victory over Pacific Nov. 10 in Cheney, while Washington (2-1) lost to UC Irvine 86-72 in its last outing.

Tyler Harvey lit up the scoreboard for a career-high 28 points, including 20 in the first half when the Eagles opened up a double-digit lead. Junior point guard Drew Brandon, playing just his second game as an Eagle, turned in a superb double-double for the Eagles with 13 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.

Parker Kelly added 10 points for the Eagles, and Venky Jois had nine points and six rebounds. Martin Seiferth played just 14 minutes because of foul trouble and had seven points and four rebounds.

Following a home game this past Tuesday against Walla Walla University, the Eagles are off to Irvine, Calif., to play in the 2K Sports Classic. Eastern will play three games in three days from Nov. 22-24, meeting Boston University, LIU Brooklyn and UC Irvine. Eastern is home against Seattle U, Friday, Nov. 29.

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