Early Run Leads Eastern to 50-Point Win Over Wildcats

Cliff and Cliff both register double-doubles as Eagles beat NCAA Division III Linfield 104-54

An early 14-2 run was the knockout punch.

Five Eagles scored in double figures – including double-doubles for seniors Cliff Ederaine and Cliff Colimon – and the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team went on to an easy 104-54 non-conference victory over Linfield Thursday (Dec. 8) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

Junior forward Collin Chiverton led the way with 25 points – including six in an early and decisive 14-2 run -- as Eastern improved to 5-3 for the season heading into road games at Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 11) and UCLA Dec. 14). The Wildcats, a NCAA Division III school, are 2-6.

Ederaine had 11 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals in the victory. Colimon scored 23 and had three steals and 11 assists to equal the seventh-most in school history. It was Eastern’s top assist performance in more than 10 years since Jason Lewis had 12 versus Cal State Northridge on Jan. 20, 2001.

“It was a win and you never take those for granted,” said first-year head coach Jim Hayford. “What we really wanted was for the players to show respect for the game and their opponent, and just concentrate on the next play and play as a team. I thought we did that and I was really proud.”

Junior guard Jeffrey Forbes added 14 points and true freshman Parker Kelly came off the bench to finish with 12 points and a pair of assists. Tremayne Johnson scored four of his six points during the 14-2 run that gave Eastern an early 27-11 lead just over 10 minutes into the game. Both of his baskets in the run were on dunks, Ederaine added two dunks and Chiverton scored the other six points on a pair of treys. Eastern led 52-29 at halftime and led by as many as the final score.

Eastern sank a season-high 52 percent of its shots from the field, including 15-of-36 shots from the 3-point arc for 42 percent. The Eagles out-rebounded the Wildcats 42-31 and had only six turnovers compared to 21 for Linfield.

The Eagles also finished with 25 assists on 42 field goals made. Linfield was led by the 22 points of Zach Anderson, as no other Linfield player scored more than seven points.

While the game was the first-ever meeting between the Eagles and Linfield, Hayford was no stranger to the Wildcats. Linfield and PLU (EWU’s opponent at home on Dec. 16) are members of the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference – the same league Hayford belonged to the past 10 seasons while he was head coach at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash. Hayford was 17-4 against the Wildcats and 18-3 versus the Lutes, which improved to 4-2 by knocking off Linfield 76-68 on Dec. 3 in McMinnville, Ore.

Following the Linfield game, Eastern pays a pair of road games against Cal State Fullerton and UCLA before returning home to face Pacific Lutheran. Eastern is 1-3 all-time versus Cal State Fullerton, hasn’t played UCLA before and is 29-25 versus the Lutes.

Before its disappointing 75-59 setback to Washington State of the Pac-12 Conference on Dec. 3, the Eagles had won three-straight games in convincing fashion. Eastern defeated Hawaii (89-72), UC Davis (79-59) and Idaho (73-66) by an average margin of 14.7 points per game during the winning streak.

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