Eagles Prevail 100-97 in Overtime Versus Seattle
Brandon Moore scores a career-high 26 points as Eastern uses a 7-0 run in the extra period to help improve its record to 4-5
Senior center Brandon Moore scored four of his career-high 26 points in a key 7-0 run in overtime as Eastern Washington defeated Seattle University 100-97 in a non-conference college men's basketball game Saturday (Dec. 12) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles improved to 4-5 while the Redhawks fell to 5-5.
"I think that's a great win," said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine. "They have beaten Utah and they have beaten Fresno State -- they are a good basketball team that causes you a lot of problems with their personnel and their style of play. That's a heckuva win for us."
The game featured 12 lead changes and seven ties, and the final time the game was knotted was at 87-all with 3:01 to play in overtime. But EWU's Glen Dean hit a driving layin, followed by a pair of baskets by Moore. Dean closed the 7-0 run with a free throw to give EWU a 94-87 advantage with 1:09 to play.
Eastern, which had forced the overtime with a basket with 10 seconds to play in regulation by Mark Dunn, closed the scoring in overtime with a pair of free throws by Kevin Winford with seven seconds left. Seattle's Taylor Olson missed a contested three-pointer at the buzzer that could have knotted the game and sent it into a second overtime.
A year ago, in the first meeting between the two schools in more than 23 years, Seattle pulled out a 63-59 overtime victory. The two schools will play again later this season on Feb. 1 at Key Arena in Seattle.
Moore had the ninth double-double of his career as he also finished with 11 rebounds and a career-high four assists. His previous career high for points came as a freshman against The Evergreen State with 23 points.
Dunn also had a double-double -- the first of his career -- with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He also had three assists as the Eagles finished with 29 against the game-long, full-court pressing defense by the Redhawks. Eastern had just 15 turnovers, and finished with 18 fast-break points to the 17 of Seattle.
"In a game where Seattle traps and presses as much as they did, 15 turnovers is pretty respectable," Earlywine said. "That's true especially when you consider he had to play much of the game without Glen Dean and (senior guard) Benny Valentine because of foul trouble."
Earlywine was particularly pleased with the play off the bench of senior guard Gary Gibson, who had no turnovers in a season-high 21 minutes. He had played just two of EWU's previous eight games because of nagging knee problems.
"Our hat is off to Gary Gibson," Earlywine added. "He hasn't been able to do much physical activity since last June until about 10 days ago, but he came in and stabilized us when Glen and Benny were out. I thought that was a huge factor in the game."
Winford, a true freshman, finished with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists in his most productive game as an Eagle. Redshirt freshman Abebe Demissie added 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three blocked shots and a pair of steals in just his sixth game as a collegiate player.
Eastern made 46 percent of its shots from the field, compared to 42 percent for Seattle. Eastern made 5-of-6 in the extra period compared to 4-of-12 for the Redhawks. A year ago in the meeting with Seattle, Eastern failed to score a field goal in the overtime period.
Six Redhawks scored in double figures, led by the 24 of Chris Gweth. Six-foot-10 pro prospect Charles Garcia was held to 12 points and eight rebounds, and had six of his team's 24 turnovers. He had entered the game averaging a double-double (26.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game), and was ranked in the top five in NCAA Division I in scoring.
The Seattle contest was Eastern's last home game until hosting Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference game on Dec. 31 at 3:05 p.m. In the meantime, Eastern will play at Nevada (Dec. 17), Brigham Young (Dec. 19) and Gonzaga (Dec. 28), and will also play two games at the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena (Dec. 22-23).
Nevada is coached by former Eastern assistant David Carter, who is 3-4 in his first season at the helm. The Wolf Pack play San Diego State (Dec. 12) prior to taking on the Eagles. Carter served two seasons under Steve Aggers at EWU in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons, a pair of rebuilding years in which Eastern finished 3-23 overall and 0-14 in the Big Sky Conference the first year, and 7-19/3-13 the second. The 1989 Saint Mary's graduate scored six points and had four assists in a 76-56 win over Eastern on Dec. 19, 1988.