Thursday, March 19, 2015

How can the Eastern Washington Eagles take down Georgetown

Photo from goeags.com
It only took a few moments for the pundits to begin proclaiming Eastern Washington a  likely upset team for their round of 64 game against Georgetown.  The story is easy to write, Eastern's high scoring sharpshooters take down Georgetown in a repeat of past early tourney exits for the Hoyas. The problem with that narrative is that many of those pundits never actually watch the Eagles play a game, except maybe their victory at Indiana, and this Georgetown team hasn't lost any NCAA Tournament games to a double-digit seeded team.

The raw numbers make these teams look a lot closer than one might expect given their relative seeding.  Georgetown scores 10.1 fewer points per game than Eastern, but EWU allows 9 more points per game. Both teams are extremely close statistically in rebounding, blocks and assists.  Georgetown edges Eastern with 7.7 steals per game to the Eagles 6.4.  Eastern has the edge in shooting hitting 48% of their shots to Georgetown's 45%.  The trouble with raw numbers is that they do not take into account all of the situations that produce them.  For one thing, Georgetown's conference, the Big East, features 6 NCAA Tournament teams, while Eastern is the sole representative from the Big Sky.

Stick with me through the break and I will break down the challenges and chances for Eastern as they head into tonight's match-up in Portland, Oregon.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

2014-2015 Week 16 and 17 Eagle Hoops Wrap up

EWU 2014-2015 Big Sky Conference Champions
& Head Coach Jim Hayford's soon to be legendary Red Blazer
photo from goeags.com
I want to start by saying thank you to all that have read the blog throughout the season.  I've tried to provide good content and interesting takes on this team.  The blog's following has grown by leaps and bounds this season, as it should be when the Eagles have had a season of nearly unprecedented success.  They've won more games than ever before as a Division I program and have secured a share of the Big Sky Conference regular season title for just the 3rd time since joining the Big Sky in the 1987-1988 season.  Coach Hayford's 63 wins rank him second behind only Ray Giacoletti's 69 over that same time period.  His 14 conference wins are the most any Eagle squad has ever achieved in the Big Sky.  The 4 Big Sky losses are tied for the second fewest in the schools Big Sky history as well, behind the 2003-2004 NCAA tournament team and tied with the 1999-2000 squad and the 2001-2002 squad.  As we prepare for tomorrow's tip off in the Big Sky Conference Tournament against Idaho, take a moment to ponder this team, because it marks one of the highest points in Eastern Washington Basketball history.  They are not done yet and if Coach Hayford and the Eagles can find a way to beat Idaho for just the third time ever when both schools have been members of the Big Sky Conference, they will have a chance to continue their climb up the ranks of program history.

Now the bad news, unfortunately the past couple weeks have been extremely busy for me as I prepare for to embark on orders for the military that will have me out of the country for the next few weeks. This has involved a lot of logistical concerns, like booking flights and ensuring that the members of my Navy Reserve Unit are prepared for travel, as well as getting caught up and ahead in my own studies at Austin Community College.  With their Spring Break coming up I've had to get ahead in all of my classes and complete the requirements which would otherwise be due prior to my return.  I write all of this, so you know why I will be simply providing a quick summary of the Eagles last two weeks of conference play on the way to their well earned Big Sky Conference Championship and how they let the right to host the Big Sky Conference Tournament slip away.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

EWU Eagle Eye POW week 15 2014-2015 Venky Jois

Venky Jois, photo from goeags.com
The Eagles star junior resumed a dominant season after missing 10 straight games with an ankle injury.  The Eagles split the road series by beating Southern Utah and dropping a heart breaker to Northern Arizona.

Venky finally looked 100% or near to it as he led all scorers against SUU with 22 points and was one of just 3 Eagles to score in double digits against NAU with 15.  His two game total: 37 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals and 1 assist.

As the Eagles prepare for the home stretch of the 2014-2015 season they will rely heavily on Jois to help them achieve their goal of a Big Sky Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.




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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Big Sky Conference race narrows to 4 and heats way up

Venky Jois, photo from goeags.com
The Big Sky Conference Race has narrowed down to 4 teams with Sacramento State currently at the top, but facing a daunting 3 game road stretch to close out the season.

Last week I wrote about the Eagles Magic Numbers to eliminate each team in the Big Sky.  Since then the Eagles split a tough road trip at Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.  Click through below for the updates and current tie-breaker scenarios as best as I can work them out so far!


*Edited 4 way tie break scenario

EWU Eagle Eye POW Nominees Week 15

Venky Jois, photo from goeags.com

The Eagles took a rough road trip last week and played two teams contending for Big Sky Tournament berths to one possession games with less than a minute to go.  They won against Southern Utah and fell just short against Northern Arizona.  It took a lot of team work and some excellent play to overcome some offensive struggles.  These four players stood out among their team mates.  Click below to read a write up for each!


Eagle Eye POW Week 15


EWU Eagle Eye Podcast featuring Head Coach Jim Hayford

Drew Branon, one of 3 Eagle seniors
photo from goeags.com
Coach Hayford took time out of his morning Tuesday to talk with me regarding the state of the Season, the recent offensive "struggles" as well as highlighting the Eagles three Seniors who could be playing their last games at Reese Court this week:  Parker Kelly, Drew Brandon and Garrett Moon

Click through for the audio!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

EWU Eagle Eye Podcast featuring Eagle Women's Basketball Head Coach Wendy Schuller

EWU Head Women's Basketball Coach Wendy Schuller
photo from goeags.com
This morning I got the chance to speak with Eastern Washington University Head Women's Basketball Coach Wendy Schuller.

I want to thank Coach Schuller for taking the time to talk with me, and let you all know she is a great interview and more importantly knows her basketball.  She has her team just 1.5 games out of the lead with one game to play against Big Sky Conference leader Montana among the remaining 6 regular season contests.

We talked about unselfish offense, team defense, Senior stars Lexie Nelson and Melissa Williams, up and coming freshman Kiana Brown and Mariah Cunningham, the importance of team chemistry and Eastern's star sisters Haley and Delaney Hodgins as well as Jade Redmon and of course the upcoming games against Southern Utah and Northern Arizona at Reese Court.

Click below to listen to the full audio.


EWU Eagle Eye POW Week 14: Parker Kelly

Parker Kelly, photo from goeags.com
The voters have spoken and though it was a close contest, Parker Kelly is the POW for Week 14.

Head Coach Jim Hayford's first 4 year senior provided some much needed accuracy in two games where the Eagles offense uncharacteristically struggled and suffered their first home loss of the season.

In back to back contests Parker totaled 10 of 18 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line for 29 points and added 10 rebounds, 4 blocks and 3 assists in 76 minutes of play.

Kelly has earned Eagle Eye POW honors before, in for the second week of February 2012, his freshman season.  Then as now, Coach Hayford and the Eagles were able to look to Kelly for clutch points and a calming influence.  Parker's efforts helped the Eagles take control of the Big Sky Conference regular season title race, though they would stumble later, his contributions were critical to the team.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Eagle Women can ball too, EWU dominates PSU 77-63, secure Dam Cup Trophy

Melissa Williams earned a double double in a win at Portland State
photo from EWU Athletics on instagram
Starting with last week's win over Montana State, I'll be highlighting at least one game a week for the Eagle Women's Basketball team.  I'll be working to get more coverage for them as we go along as well.  This week I took a look at the Eagle's 77-64 victory at Portland State.

Head Coach Wendy Schuller's team now sits in third place in the Big Sky standings, just 1.5 games behind leader Montana who they will face off against in Montana on February 28th.  The Eagle's secured this year's Dam Cup trophy with the win as well.

Melissa Williams led the Eagles with 20 points and 10 rebounds for her 4th double double of conference play and 8th of the season.  She added 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 26 minutes.

Monday, February 16, 2015

2014-2015 State of Eagles Hoops: Eagles close in on eliminating all contenders

Last Thursday, the Eagles took over control of first place in the Big Sky Conference in an effort to secure the right to host the Big Sky Conference tournament.


EWU Men's Basketball Battle for the Number One Spot from EWU Athletics on Vimeo.

After a roller coaster Saturday Eastern has a 1/2 game lead over Sacramento State and Montana with 6 games to go, Both Montana and Sac State have just 5 games left.  So how many games does Eastern have to win, in order to secure a tournament berth and lock up the right to host the tournament?  Click through to see:


EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week nominees Week 14

Spokane, North Idaho News

This was a bit of a roller coaster of a week for the Eagles.  They opened the week by knocking off their primary rival for this year's regular season title, Sacramento State.  They followed that by getting their leading scorer back, losing their second leading scorer and dropping a hard fought game to Dam Cup rival Portland State.  They got great news when their new Big Sky travel partner and rival Idaho knocked off Sacramento State to put them back in the driver's seat for the right to host this year's Big Sky Conference Tournament.

With all of that, which Eagle players were instrumental to their two games?  Click through to find out!

Jois-less in Cheney, Eagles squander early lead to fall 68-66 to visiting Portland State

Parker Kelly, photo from goeags.com
On January 15th the Eagles defeated Portland State in Portland 92-85, but lost Star Junior Forward Venky Jois to an ankle sprain early in the first half, including that contest, Eastern has played 9 games and have had both Tyler Harvey and Jois for only 1 game, a 98-95 over time win against Idaho.

Prior to the tip against Portland State, Venky reported to Coach Hayford that he just couldn't go and wouldn't be able to help the team because he had re-aggravated that same ankle sprain. "Even in practice yesterday we thought he was going to play -- he just came up really sore after Thursday.  The week before in Montana, he was just in crazy pain against Montana State and he just felt like it kind of set him back.  He gave everything he had against Sacramento State Thursday and then he felt worse than he had since the Idaho game -- the first game he played.  He had tears in his eyes when he came up to me before warm-ups 15 minutes before the game and said, 'I just can't do it, it just hurts, I won't be able to help the team.'"


Eagles defense steps up, EWU takes sole possession of 1st place with 64-61 win over Sac State

Photo from EWU Athletics instagram
In a rare defensive battler, the Eagles, still missing their leading scorer, took down Sacramento State at Reese Court on Thursday night 64-61 and took over sole control of the lead in the Big Sky Conference.

Tyler Harvey, the Eagle's and the Nation's leading scorer, was unable to go still nursing a deep thigh contusion suffered in the first half against Idaho on January 31st.  Despite his absence Eastern did not lack offensive fireworks as Parker Kelly and Ognjen "OG" Miljkovic were near automatic from deep all night. The Eagles drained 12 of 23 from beyond the arc, including 9 of 13 from OG and Kelly.  The Eagles were held under 70 points for the second time in as many games and the sixth time all season.  A tremendous defensive effort combined with slow patient offense improved their record to 3-3 in those games.


Friday, February 13, 2015

EWU Basketball Links for Friday Morning

The Eagle's started off the week with a big time win to take the lead in the Big Sky Conference from Sacramento State.  I started the week with a lot of homework and a pair of tests, so while I catch up on the blog today take a look at these Eagle links to revel in a big victory and get ready for Portland State tomorrow afternoon.  First though watch Bogdan "The Blizzard" Bliznyuk #Posterize




Thursday, February 12, 2015

Eagle Eye Player of the Week 13 2014-2015

Drew Brandon, photo from goeags.com
This week's #EagleEyePOW wasn't tough to figure out.  Senior Point Guard Drew Brandon was stellar in two games scoring 42 points and adding 18 rebounds, 8 steals and 5 assists with just 2 turnovers.

Missing their top scorer, Tyler Harvey, the Eagles needed someone to step up.  Drew Brandon answered the call by more than double his season average (9.8) in scoring 21 points per game while taking care of the ball and attacking the boards.

After back to back strong rebounding performances, Brandon now leads the team in rebounding per game (7.3 to Venky Jois' 7.2).  For the 4th time this season and 2nd time in a row Drew has proven to be the most important player for his team and has been recognized as the #EagleEyePOW.
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Eastern Women run away from Montana State to complete first ever 4 game sweep of Montana schools

This week, at the prompting of my sister, Spokane Police Officer Erin Blessing, to watch the most recent game of the Eastern Washington Women's Basketball team.  I got a chance to watch their game against Montana State and have to say it was a lot of fun.  I decided to write up a game review for you all and hope that you also take advantage of the opportunity to go out and watch these young Eagle women play some great basketball.


Led by an outstanding performance from Sophomore Point Guard Jade Redmon, the Eagle women absolutely ran away from Montana State in the second half to complete the schools first ever 4 game sweep of Montana and Montana State in men and women's basketball.

The game was a brutal back and forth battle in the first half, featuring 9 lead changes and several ties. Montana State hit 50% of their 22 first half shots to give them a 28-27 lead at the break.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week 12

Drew Brandon, photo from goeags.com
Last week the Eagles played just one game.  That one game was the second in a renewed rivalry with the University of Idaho Vandals.

This season Eastern Washington won its first two conference games against the Vandals both were barn burners and both teams were separated by just 3 points.  This week's 3 point victory in overtime was impressive for a number of reasons, including the limited play of Eastern's two leading scorers, Venky Jois and Tyler Harvey.

Bogdan "The Blizzard" Bliznyuk led the Eagles in points and rebounds, 21 and 15 respectively, but the #EagleEyePOW for week 12 led the Eagles in every other category and was second in points and rebounds.

Drew Brandon was second in scoring for the Eagles with 18 points.  He was second in rebounding with 9.  He led the team in assists, steals and blocks with 10, 1, 2 respectively.  If you are keeping track that means that for the 2nd time this season Drew finished one stat away from the elusive first triple-double in EWU history.  He's earned 5 double-doubles so far this season and in each case he was within two plays of making the triple-double mark.

What makes this week's effort so special is that his efforts showed a will and leadership when his team was in desperate need.  Many teams missing the leading scorer in the nation and arguably the best post player in the conference would have folded.  Drew refused to allow his team to give up.  He willed his team to contention and ultimately victory.  He scored the teams final points in regulation on a drive and lay in with so much pressure it could have resulted in multiple fouls called on the defense.  His two assists in overtime led to 5 Eagle points.

For his valiant efforts Drew was recognized as the Big Sky Conference Co-Player of the week and he has also earned the fan vote and EWU Eagle Eye Player of the week recognition for week 12 of the 2014-2015 season.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week 12 - nominees: The Blizzard and Triple Double Threat

Drew Brandon, Co-Big Sky Player of the Week
photo from goeags.com
The Eagles stormed from behind to win their only game this week 98-95 in overtime.  As Coach Hayford has said, he wants his team to be the team of the week.  That was certainly true this week.  So without further ado, please check out this week's #EagleEyePOW nominees.


Down 11 with 1:27 to go EWU surged back to win in OT against Idaho, without Tyler Harvey

Bogdan "The Blizzard" Bliznyuk; photo from goeags.com
Head Coach Jim Hayford's Eagles had one of their worst nights shooting but played tough down the stretch to win 98-95 in overtime over the visiting Vandals.

Eastern star Guard Tyler Harvey injured his knee in the first half and it affected his shot.  The Eagles second leading scorer star Forward Venky Jois played despite a still recovering ankle sprain.  The two average 42 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists per game.  Saturday they combined for 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Earlier I decried the Eagles lack of production from anyone beyond those two and begged for them to somehow get some bench production.  Saturday the Eagles needed both and got both.


Friday, January 30, 2015

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week 11 2014-2015

Tyler Harvey, photo from goeags.com
An outstanding home-stand for Eastern Washington has them still just one half game from the conference lead and still in control of their own destiny in the Big Sky Conference.

As Eastern Washington Head Coach Jim Hayford told me this week, "It's really great when we have a team of the week and whoever we select as the player of the week ends up being the Conference player of the week."  This week's decision was a tough one.

Thankfully, the fans have spoken and selected Tyler Harvey as the EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week for week 11.

Tyler Harvey, stretched his nation leading scoring to 24 points per game with a pair of stellar performances.  His 35 point game against Northern Colorado was nearly even from first to second half.  Tyler consistently shot big shots, got to the free throw line and made the Bears pay 12 of 14  times.  He followed that up with 26 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists in an Eagle Hoops drubbing of North Dakota.

All told, Harvey gave Eastern Head Coach Jim Hayford and his team 77 minutes, 61 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 1 block, helping his team to continue their perfect 10-0 season at Reese Court.  All season long Tyler has been light up the scoreboard, but sometimes we lose track of how much he helps his team in other ways, drawing double teams, getting steals and rebounds.  With all of that ball handling, it's pretty impressive that he turned the ball over just 4 times over the week.

It will be a lot of fun to watch Tyler as he continues to help his team win and tries to finish the season as the NCAA's top scorer.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

EWU Eagle Eye Hoops Podcast episode 4

Thanks for coming back for this week's EWU Eagle Eye Podcast.  In this edition I spoke with Eastern Washington Eagle Head Coach Jim Hayford and the man behind www.bigskybball.com, Jon Reed.

Coach explained a lot about how the team focuses on improvement and explains the critical role played by Assistant Coach David Riley.  Coach gives a big shout out for Big Fred Jorg  who is, "One of the best teammates I've ever coached."

Jon and I covered everything Big Sky, from the current standings, to the projected line up for the Big Sky Conference.  We got into some of the Big Sky's best, Mikh MicKinney and Tyler Harvey.

The full podcast is right below the break!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week 11 Nominees

The Eagles swept another week of Big Sky play improving to 6-1 and keeping pace with Sacramento State and Montana for the Conference lead.  Each week I highlight the individual accomplishments of one particular Eagle whose contributions stood out among his team mates.

In the ideal scenario, the fans and readers would tell me which Eagle has earned the nod for #EagleEyePOW so please click the link to see this week's nominees and let me know your choice in the comments, via twitter using #EagleEyePOW, on the Eagle Eye Hoops Facebook page or by email to brian@ewueagleeye.com.


Eastern Washington Basketball Head Coach Jim Hayford has his squad on the cusp of history

This season has already been remarkably successful for the Eastern Washington Men's Basketball program and with at least 11 more games to play, where does this team stack up in school history?


EWU Men's Basketball Historic Win Over Indiana from EWU Athletics on Vimeo.

The Eagles have already matched the win total from last year, in fact they now have as many wins (15) as any Eagle team totaled in the last ten seasons.  Click through to see what else is within reach for this team.


Monday, January 26, 2015

67 point second half powers Eastern to victory over North Dakota 102-80 at Reese Court

Eagle Hoops scored it's 15th victory of the season Saturday afternoon at Reese Court against the nickname-less University of North Dakota 102-80.

In the process Eastern pushed itself to 6th in the nation in scoring (82.6 per game), 9th in the nation in field goal percentage (49.5%) and kept on pace with Big Sky Conference leading Sacramento State.

According to the media, and the casual observer, the story of the game is the Eagle's 67 point second half, but the foundations for the big finish were laid in the first.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Eagles bounce back to remain unbeaten (9-0) at Reese Court with win over Northern Colorado

In a battle of "directional" schools, the Eastern Washington University Eagles rode a dominant first half to victory over the University of Northern Colorado Bears 95-85.

Head Coach Jim Hayford said that he worked his team very hard on defense in the wake of a 1-1 road trip and the injury to Venky Jois.  In the first half hosting the Bears, the 32nd ranked team by scoring per game in the nation, Coach's efforts showed as the Eagles held the Bears to just 27 points off 33.3% shooting from the field.

The Eagles did not forget how to play offense despite the week of defensive focus, they put up 50 first half points by shooting 57.7% from the field and 66.7% from the 3 point line.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week: Week 10

Bogdan Bliznyuk; photo from khq.com
Week 10 featured two Big Sky Conference road games, the Eagle's first loss in conference play and the loss to injury of star Forward Venky Jois.

In the void of production caused by the absence of Jois, one Eagle stepped up and delivered in a big time way.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Eagle Hoops drop their first game of Big Sky Conference Play 90-77 @ Sacramento State

Tyler Harvey; photo from goeags.com
Last week Eastern fell from first place in the Big Sky with a road loss to Sacramento State.

The story of this game can be summed up by a player who was not on the court as much as it is a story about those on it.  Eastern failed to replace the production of injured Venky Jois and a second half run by Sacramento State allowed them to assume the 1/2 game lead in the Big Sky Conference.


Friday, January 16, 2015

Eagles hoops sink the home team PSU Vikings 92-85

7 years and 2 days before last night's game the Eagles won a game at Portland State led by superstar guard Rodney Stuckey with 24 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 blocks and Paul Butorac with 21 points 1 rebound and 3 assists.

Since then the Eagles have lost 7 times at Portland State and 5 times against the Vikings at Reese Court.  You have to go back two years to find the last time the Eagles beat the Vikings at all.

All season the Eagles have relied on the twin towers of Venky Jois and Tyler Harvey to propel them to a fantastic start (13-4 overall and 4-0 in Big Sky play).  The formula last night got changed in a substantial way.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

EWU gets their first road win in Big Sky Conference hoops over Idaho 89-86

Venky Jois, photo from goeags.com
Last Saturday Eastern Washington scored its first Big Sky Conference win over the University of Idaho 89-86.

The Eagles trailed 41-42 at the half, but shot 50%from the field and out rebounded the Vandals 16-15 to eek out a win in the second.

Neither team played well defensively, but Eastern turned 9 forced turnovers into 19 points while Idaho mustered just 7 points of 7 forced turnovers.


EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week: Week 9


Week 9 featured just one Eastern Washington Men's Hoops game.  In some ways it was monumental, as the Eagles triumphed over the Vandals for the first time when both teams were playing in the Big Sky Conference.  In other ways it was just the 3rd win in 3 tries to open the Big Sky Conference season.

Tyler Harvey had another special night with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals, but he wasn't the player of the week.

Venky Jois poured in 16 points and added 6 (!) blocks, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, but his effort did not net him the player of the week honors.

Parker Kelly drained 3 three pointers en route to 11 points and added 3 rebounds, but it was the other Senior Guard that earned the week 9 Eagle Eye Player of the Week.

Drew Brandon looked healthy for the first time in a long time, but more than that he showed why he is a triple double threat every night.  His 11 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and just 2 turnovers significantly helped lead the Eagles to an 89-86 victory of the University of Idaho Vandals in Moscow.  Drew doesn't just stuff the stat sheet, he leads the offense and shows tremendous effort and hussle on defense and especially getting to the boards.  Consider that the Eagles scored immediately after 5 of his 8 rebounds netting 10 points.  He was one of 5 Eagles to score in double digits including 4 of 4 free throws in the last 1:38 to ice the victory.
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EWU Eagle Eye Player of the Week: Week 8

EWU Freshman Forward Bogdan Bliznyuk
photo from goeags.com
Week 8 of the 2014-2015 season marked the beginning of Big Sky Conference play.  The Eagles came into the conference schedule among the nation's leaders in scoring, but struggled in rebounding and bench production.  Against Weber State and Idaho State, Bogdan Bliznyuk showed up in a big way, delivering 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes off the bench helping Eastern jump out to a 2-0 start in Big Sky play while defending their home court.

Against Weber State Bogdan pulled in 8 rebounds to lead all Eagles (Jois and Brandon also had 8 each) in a game that might be better remembered for Tyler Harvey's season high 39 points.  Bogdan's 18 minutes against Weber State were the most he had then played against any DI opponent.  Two days later he gave Coach Jim Hayford 27 minutes against an Idaho State team that refused to let Tyler Harvey beat them.  They pressured every look and held the Eagles to 37% shooting from beyond the arc.  Bliznyuk hit 3 of 4 from 3 point range en route to a career high 17 points and added 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Sometimes it is very tough to choose the #EWU #EagleEyePOW but in Week 8 Bogdan Bliznyuk made the choice easy.

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Welcome back to EWU Hoops

Good afternoon Eagle Fans!  I spent all of last week and the weekend working with the US Navy in Virginia and Texas, which unfortunately means I need to do some serious posting to catch up before the Eagles game tonight.  Two weeks have gone by and that means I owe you two #EagleEyePOW posts as well as a quick write up of Eastern's first ever Big Sky Conference win over the Idaho Vandals.  As we sit today the Eagles lead the Big Sky with the only unblemished record, but that will be challenged in the next two contests.

I also have another podcast in the works and am still nailing down the scheduling with Jon at bigskybball.com to talk as well, but it looks like we should get something together before next week's games.  So check back often throughout this afternoon and be sure to tune in for tonight's game at Portland State.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

EWU Eagles rally to take down Weber State; open conference play 1-0

Tuesday I had a chance to interview Coach Hayford for the 3rd edition of the EWU Eagle Eye Podcast, during the interview we talked about the tremendous production of Tyler Harvey and Venky Jois.  Coach Hayford told us that they really just need a third scorer on any night to keep things flowing for the other two.

Last night it took the entire team to produce 1/3 of the teams 84 points, Tyler and Venky handled the rest.  The points are just the start, check out this highlight video of Tyler Harvey (video courtesy of David Riley's YouTube page), then click through to read the rest of the recap.