Sunday, January 18, 2015

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

Tyler Harvey; photo from
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.

Tyler Harvey paced the Eagles offensively with 21 points an added 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal.  But for the nation's leading scorer, that was an off night.

Eastern struggled mightily to slow the Sacramento State attack as they shot 63.3% from the field including 53.8% from 3 point range.  Eastern has averaged more than 5 blocks per game this season.  This night they managed just 1.  They also managed just 10 assists as a team and turned the ball over 14 times.  Coach Hayford said after the game that the Eagles learned a lesson of how to defend the home court by playing tough.

Eastern got good production from Freshman Bogdan Bliznyuk who notched his first double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds while adding 1 assist and 1 steal.  Drew Brandon added 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal.  Ognjen "OG" Miljkovich scored 11 points on 3 - 11 shooting from the field and 4-4 from the charity stripe, he also added 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steal.  Parker Kelly was just 2-10 overall including 2-7 from beyond the arc and finished with 6 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal.

As the second half wore on Sacramento State's relentless offense wore down the Eagles and they continued to get open looks on offense and contested everything on defense.  The Hornets were paced by Cody Demps with 22 points including 10-10 from the free throw line.  Mikh McKinney added 14 points, 12 assists and 6 rebounds.  Eric Stuteville scored 6 points going 3-3 from the field and blocked 3 shots.

Frederik Jorg got the start in place of Venky Jois, but played just 5 minutes notching 2 points and 1 rebound.

Felix Von Hofe added 5 points and was responsible for the Eagles only blocked shot of the night.
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