Gonzaga Grounds Eagles 94-52
Eagles look to break five-game losing streak as they host Sacramento State on Thursday in their first Big Sky Conference home game of the season
With too many turnovers and not enough shots going in, the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team lost 94-52 to local Gonzaga Monday (Dec. 28) in a non-conference game at the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, Wash. The Bulldogs entered the game ranked 22nd nationally in the ESPN/USA Today poll, and 26th by Associated Press.
Eastern connected on just 28.8 percent of their shots from the field in the game, while the Bulldogs shot at a 50 percent clip -- including a 45.8 percentage from behind the three-point line. The Eagles were just 4-of-24 behind the arc for 16.7 percent and were out-rebounded 56-35.
The Eagles had nine turnovers in the first seven minutes of the game and finished with 16 in the first half. Gonzaga took full advantage of those turnovers, as 24 of their 53 points came off turnovers as the Bulldogs led by 28 at intermission.
"It wasn't very good -- we turned the ball over 16 times in the first half," said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine of his team's performance. "They treated us like a little brother in the backyard, and I mean that as a credit to Gonzaga. Physically they were more aggressive than we were. That's the way I wanted us to be."
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead at the 18:12 mark after Mark Dunn connected on a long three-pointer, but the Bulldogs responded by going on two separate 13-0 runs to go into halftime with a 53-25 lead.
Eastern took better care of the ball in the second half, turning the ball over just two times for a total of 18 for the game.
The Eagles were led in scoring by freshman Glen Dean, who had 11 of his 13 points in the first half. Also in double figures for the Eagles was Dunn, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds.
Center Brandon Moore, playing in his 100th game for the Eagles, picked up two quick fouls in the first half and played just six minutes. Moore finished the night with a team-high nine rebounds in 23 total minutes, but failed to score a point by going 0-for-6 from the field and 0-of-3 from the free throw line.
Eastern will now play its first Big Sky Conference home game at Reese Court on Thursday (Dec. 31) against Sacramento State at 3:05 p.m. It will be the first home game for the Eagles since their thrilling 100-97 overtime victory over Seattle on Dec. 12.
The Hornets are 6-8 overall this season, a total that already matches their total wins from the past two seasons. Sac State's victories include an impressive 65-63 road victory over Oregon State. The Hornets match-up with the Eagles after coming off a close 82-78 home loss to Loyola Marymount on Dec. 27.