Tuesday, December 2, 2014

EWU Hoops wins shootout over Eastern Oregon 104-87

EWU Head Coach Jim Hayford earned his 300th win Sunday night
photo from ewuathletics
Sunday night's game was the definition of a shoot out, both teams shot very well most of the night.  The Eagles hit 56.2% of their shots, including 46.2% from beyond the arc, while the Mountaineers hit 46% of their shots and 50% from long range.

The Mountaineers were led by stellar performances from De'Sean Mattox (27 points, 9 assists) and Bryan McGriff (32 points, 10 rebounds) but in the end they did not have enough to stop Head Coach Jim Hayford's players from earning the 300th win of his career.

Coach Hayford will be the first to tell you, these wins are not about him.  They are about the players on the court.  Sunday his Eagles had f
4 players in double digits scoring, two of them (Tyler Harvey and Parker Kelly) walked onto the program as freshmen to play for him.  The other two left their homes on opposite sides of the planet to spend four years in Cheney, WA (Venky Jois and Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic).

Venky Jois was unstoppable finishing with a career high 38 points to give the Eagles their best start in 38 years and best ever as a DI program.  Even the free throw line couldn't stop Jois, as he hit 8 of 8 to improve to 20 of 41 on the season.  Venky added 5 rebounds, 4 blocks and 1 assist.

"OG" Miljkovic forced the Mountaineers to foul him alot and made them pay hitting 10 of 11 FT's to total 23 points and nabbed 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.

Tyler Harvey for seemingly the first game in memory did not have to pull out his 3 point heroics as he nailed 23 points (just 2 of 4 from 3 point range) and added 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal.

Parker Kelly turned his 6 shots into 10 points including two 3 pointers and 4 FT's.  Parker again made his presence felt on both ends of the court and quietly turned in another stellar performance that won't show on a stat sheet.

Drew Brandon, less than a week after the Eagles needed every one of his 27 points to beat Indiana, didn't need to score at all in this one to help his team win.  Brandon nabbed 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 steal, but also committed only 1 turn over.  On a night when Venky and "OG" can't miss, there's no need for the point guard to take all the shots and Drew did a marvelous job distributing and keeping this offense flowing.

Kyle Reid had a perfect night shooting 2 of 2 from the field and 1 of 1 from the FT line for 5 points to lead Eastern's bench.

Up next for the Eagles, a 5 game - 13 day road trip starting in Seattle against the Seattle Redhawks on Saturday December 6th tip off is at 7:05 p.m.
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