Thursday, November 20, 2014

EWU Rolls over Walla Walla 95-34

Eastern Washington Men's Basketball team squared off with the Walla Walla University Wolves last night to close out a 3 game home stand to open their season.  The Wolves compete in NAIA DII and were clearly outmatched from the start.

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Eagle Head Coach Jim Hayford took the opportunity to get his players experience in different roles and to get his reserves plenty of minutes on the court.  The starting line up had been 1) Drew Brandon, 2) Tyler Harvey, 3) Parker Kelly, 4) Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic, 5) Venky Jois.  In this set the 2-3 and 4-5 positions are nearly interchangeable.  Last night the starting lineup was 1) Tyler Harvey, 2) Sir Washington, 3) Felix Von Hofe, 4) Venky Jois, 5) Frederik Jörg. This line up features a true center in Jörg as well as just two guards with a swing forward in Von Hofe.

The Eagles dominated this game as their talent dictated they should.  They played with class and poise throughout a contest which could have easily become very sloppy.

Tyler Harvey, playing point guard scored 16 points on a perfect 6-6 from the field including 4-4 from beyond the arc.  He added 2 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals and 1 block all in the first half.

Venky Jois took the opportunity to help his FT numbers for the year hitting 3 of 5 en route to 17 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 steal in 25 minutes.

Felix Von Hofe was hitting on all cylinders shooting 62.5% in his 20 minutes.  He ended up 5 of 8 including 4 of 7 beyond the 3 point line for a total of 14 points.  He added 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Physically the biggest star of the night, and the games leading scorer, Frederik Jörg was simply too large for Walla Walla to handle.  He finished with game leading totals in three categories 18 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks and added an assist.

Sir Washington played a team high 29 minutes racking up 9 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists while providing the Eagle offense with energy and options to pass the rock.

Bogdan Bliznyuk played 25 minutes and gave EWU 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block.

Garrett Moon ran wild in 18 mainly second half minutes.  He flashed impressive movement in the offensive half court and played well on defense.  He finished with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block.

Kyle Reid played 14 minutes netting 2 points and 4 rebounds.  The stats don't show it, but Reid's defense was very solid and his presence on offense did not slow down the Eagle attack.

Daniel Hill played the point in the second half going 0-2 from beyond the arc, but he added 2 assists, 1 rebound and 1 steal while helping distribute the ball to other players.

Nate Galgalo got on the court for the final 3 minutes and just missed a 3 point shot that was Eastern's last scoring opportunity of the night.

Overall the Eagles out-shot the Wolves 72.5% to 23.3%, while winning the rebounding battle 37-12.  Eastern added 8 more blocks and are averaging 8.7 blocks per game which currently ranks 6th in the nation.  They are shooting 58.7% from the field in 3 games which ranks 9th nationally.  They are also ranked 37th in points per game (85.3) and 41st in assists (18.0).

Let's hope they can continue this pace as the competition toughens up.  The Eagles travel to 22nd ranked SMU on Saturday, then head to Indiana on Monday.
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