Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Game Preview: EWU Eagles @ NAU Lumberjacks February 2, 2012

Tomorrow night the Eagles (4-5, 10-12) travel to Flagstaff for a rematch with the Lumberjacks (1-9, 5-17) of Northern Arizona.  The Eagles are looking to establish some momentum and buld off their recent win over Montana State.  The Lumberjacks are looking to climb out of the cellar after losing nine straight games.  Tip off is at 5:35pm pst.

The Lumberjacks are a young team led by a trio of guards including their sole Senior player, Durrell Norman (#34) who averages 8.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, Junior Stallon Saldivar (#21) 7.3 points and 5.4 assists and Freshman James Douglas (#1) who is averaging 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

The Eagles should be looking to continue the inside-out attack that worked so well against Montana State.  Cliff Colimon (#11), whose dribble penetration was crucial in that game, should see plenty of action attacking the paint and the trio of Eagles Forward, Cliff Ederaine (#42), Tremayne Johnson (#20), and Laron Griffin (#15) should be preparing for a long night as Coach Hayford is sure to lean heavily on them to control the glass on both ends of the court.

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As I mentioned before the Eagles must continue to look for more from their bench.  With Colin Chiverton (#24) still battling a nagging foot injury, keep your eyes on Jordan Hickert (#25), Kelly Parker (#10) and Kevin Winford (#23) at least one of whom must provide the Eagles with a threat from the outside when Chiverton is not in the game.

Hickert is a 6’9” Junior Forward from Bunbury, Australia who is shooting more than 30% from 3pt range this yeah and averaging 0.3 blocks and 0.2 steals in only 13.5 minutes a game this year.  The Eagles need more from the Junior College transfer.

Kelly is a 6’4” true Freshman from Spokane, Washington who is shooting 41% including 38.9% from 3pt range this season, he shows hustle and flashes some nice touch but needs to step up his game defensively and find a more consistent stroke on offense.

Winford is a 5’11” Junior from Anchorage, Alaska and is setting career lows in almost every statistical category, but he does see crucial minutes, particularly if Colimon is limited.

The Eagles fly home for a Saturday match up with Sacramento State (1-8, 6-14) on Saturday, while the Lumberjacks host Portland State (4-5, 10-11).

Last Meeting: January 7, 2012 Eagles won 76-59 at Reese Court.