Vandals Visit Thursday, Redhawks on Monday
Eastern continues pre-conference homestand following impressive victory over Cal State Fullerton
Thursday, Dec. 6 - Reese Court (6,000) - Cheney,
6:05 p.m. - Idaho (2-4) at Eastern Washington (2-5)
Monday, Dec. 10 - Reese Court (6,000) - Cheney,
6:05 p.m. - Seattle (2-3) at Eastern Washington
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This week the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team will see if its continued scrappiness will help EWU scrape up more victories.
The Eagles, coming off a successful home opener last Friday (Nov. 30) with a 79-75 win over Cal State Fullerton, continues its pre-conference homestand with a pair of games at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The 2-5 Eagles host 2-4 Idaho on Thursday (Dec. 6), then host 2-3 Seattle on Monday (Dec. 10).
Both games are televised live by SWX (SWX Digital 6.2 in Spokane, 25.3 in the Tri-Cities & 23.3 in the Yakima area; Comcast 115; Davis Cable 514/81.2/12; Time Warner 306; Charter 287, Cable One 466; Northland Cable 115) and via webcast at www.bigskytv.org.
The radio broadcast of both games will air on 700-AM ESPN, via the web at www.700espn.com and via iPhone application (search for “700 ESPN” and download the free app). The broadcast is also available via www.tunein.com and tunein’s mobile phone app. Larry Weir returns for his 20th year as the play-by-play voice of the Eagles.
Thursday’s game will be the 100th in the Eastern career of senior guard Jeffrey Forbes, who has scored 885 points in his Eastern career. Later this season, he could break Marc Axton’s (2002-05) school record of 119 games played. Forbes has averaged 31.1 minutes per game in his Eastern career with 88 starts. He ranks ninth in school history with 105 career steals, and is also fourth in 3-pointers made (150) and attempted (398).
In Eastern’s win over the Titans, freshman forward Venky Jois and junior guard Justin Crosgile each had double-doubles for the Eagle. Jois finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double in the last four games. Crosgile, a transfer from St. Joseph’s, had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. He made two huge baskets late in the game, as he recorded his first double-double of the season. Freshman forward Thomas Reuter chipped in 16 points, including 13 in the second half.
Eastern head coach Jim Hayford was proud of his team’s effort, especially after opening the season with six road games and coming away with just one victory to show for it.
“I’m scrappy so I’m going to try to make them scrappy every day,” Hayford said of his team’s effort. “That’s the only way I know how to play basketball. It’s just a truth. The team that plays harder wins. That’s the great equalizer -- there’s talent and whatever, but I hope we just get scrappier. It’s real early in the season.”
Eastern, in the midst of a stretch with five of six games at home, hosts Idaho on Dec. 6 and Seattle on Dec. 10. The Eagles play at UC Davis on Dec. 17 before starting Big Sky Conference play. The Eagles open league play at home against Weber State on Dec. 20, followed two days later by a visit from Idaho State.
Idaho is coming off a 73-66 victory on Dec. 1 over UC Davis, EWU’s opponent in California on Dec. 17. The Vandals also lost 64-55 to Washington State, a team EWU lost to 88-69 to open the season. Idaho’s other victory was a 72-62 home win over Green Bay on Nov. 20.
Seattle is coming off an 87-64 home loss to Boise State on Dec. 2, with the lone wins for the Redhawks coming against Pacific Lutheran (58-49 on Nov. 21) and Big Sky member Montana State (87-72 on Nov. 11).
Eastern played both teams a year ago in Hayford’s debut season. The Eagles defeated Idaho 73-66 in Moscow, Idaho, on Nov. 30, then lost on the road at Seattle 91-78 on Jan. 16.
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* The EWU men’s basketball team played its first six games away from home, but now is playing five of six in an improved Reese Court setting. Eastern is playing its home games for the 38th season at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. But last spring new premium seating was added on the scorer’s table/team benches side, and the existing wooden bleachers were moved to the ends of the court. In addition, a new video board has been added to the existing scoreboard at Reese Court this fall, and made its debut on Nov. 30.
* True freshman forward Venky Jois from Boronia, Australia, is coming off his best game as an Eagle with 22 points and 13 rebounds against Cal State Fullerton in EWU’s 79-75 win on Nov. 30. He made 10-of-14 shots from the floor as he registered his third double-double in four games. He was selected to the All-Tournament Team for his performances in the 2012 College Basketball Experience (CBE) Hall of Fame Classic in Santa Clara, Calif. He had a pair of double-doubles with 19 points and 11 rebounds in EWU’s 75-70 win over South Carolina Upstate and 16 points and 11 boards one game earlier in an 86-83 loss to Utah Valley. For the season, Jois is averaging 33.1 minutes, 13.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocked shots, 1.0 steals and 1.0 assists per game. Jois came to Eastern after winning a pair of MVP awards in Australia. He was the Bob Staunton 2012 U-20 National Championship MVP, after leading the Victoria State Team to the championship and an unbeaten record. Saint Mary’s College and NBA standout Patty Mills won the Bob Staunton MVP Award in 2006 and 2007. In addition, Jois was the South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL) Youth Player of the Year in 2011, an award given to the top under-23 player and previously won by college and NBA standouts Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut.
* Senior Collin Chiverton, last year’s Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year, missed the Cal State Fullerton game because of the death of a close friend. Previously, his mother passed away just as the season began. Chiverton has scored 51 points in his last three games after scoring just 15 in EWU’s first three outings. Included are a pair of 19-point performances to hike his average to 11.0 for the season. Foul trouble has hindered him this season, and he scored 19 points in just 18 minutes before fouling out with 6:20 to play against South Carolina Upstate in EWU’s 75-70 win. One game later, he made 7-of-15 attempts from the field, including 4-of-12 3-point attempts, versus Santa Clara for his second-straight 19-point game. His performances were his best since scoring 20 versus UC Irvine on Feb. 18 last season. A year ago, he had 12 20-point performances, but was slowed late in the year with injuries.
* Eastern is the early-season leader in the Big Sky Conference in blocked shots, with 36 already for an average of 5.1 per game. The Eagles had a school record 130 in the 2005-06 season (4.3 average per game).
* The Eagles are also leading the league in 3-pointers made per game (10.1) while attempting an average of 27.7 per game. Last year, when EWU set school records with 283 makes and 793 attempts, Eastern averaged 8.8 made treys per game on an average of 24.8 attempts.
* A trio of Eagles are currently leading the Big Sky Conference in statistical categories. Venky Jois leads in rebounds (8.9), Justin Crosgile leads in assists (6.4) and Martin Seiferth is tops in blocked shots (3.0) and field goal percentage (.636). In addition, Crosgile leads in minutes played (36.0), and he is second in 3-pointers made per game (2.7), with Collin Chiverton ranking fourth (2.5).
* Three Eagles rank in the top nine in school history in career 3-pointers made. Jeffrey Forbes is fourth (150), Kevin Winford is fifth (117) and Collin Chiverton is ninth (103). In attempts, Forbes is fourth (398) and Winford (346) is fifth, and Chiverton is seventh in career 3-point field goal percentage (41.0).
* In pro-rated statistics per 40 minutes played, Collin Chiverton has a team-leading 26.1 scoring average, followed by Danny Powell (25.0), Tyler Harvey (21.1), Jordan Hickert (18.1), Venky Jois (16.4), Justin Crosgile (16.0), Martin Seiferth (15.6), Kevin Winford (14.1) and Thomas Reuter (11.3). Seiferth leads in rebounding (11.9) and blocked shots (5.2), and Crosgile leads in assists (7.1).
* The Eagles have been picked to finish as high as third in the 2012-13 Big Sky Conference preseason men’s basketball polls released Oct. 18. The media have picked the Eagles to finish third, and the coaches selected Eastern sixth. Defending Big Sky champion Montana has been selected first in both polls.
More Game Notes
* It’s obvious, Eastern’s transfers were anxious to play again after having to watch the 2011-12 season from the bench. Both Justin Crosgile (St. Joseph’s) and Martin Seiferth (Oregon) had to sit out last season because of NCAA transfer rules. Thus far, Crosgile is averaging a team-leading 14.4 points and a Big Sky-leading 6.4 assists, as well as 5.9 rebounds per game. Seiferth is averaging 9.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and a Big Sky-leading 3.2 blocked shots per game. With performances of 28 and 27 points, respectively, they just missed a spot on Eastern’s all-time leading scorers list, with 30 points scored by 10 different players to rank 39th.
* In Eastern’s season-opening 88-70 loss at Washington State, junior point guard Justin Crosgile, a transfer from St. Joseph’s, had 28 points and five assists in his Eagle debut in a losing effort. Crosgile made 9-of-24 shots, including 7-of-17 3-point attempts. He also had four rebounds, but made just 3-of-14 shots in the first half, making him 6-of-10 after intermission. Crosgile’s performance was the highest-scoring debut for an Eagle since EWU moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season. Last year, his Eagle teammate Collin Chiverton scored 25 against Gonzaga, and the previous most was scored the year before by Tremayne Johnson with 21 versus San Jose State. Interestingly, current Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey scored only 14 points in his debut against Pacific Lutheran in the 2005-06 season. Crosgile’s scoring output was also the second-best season-opening performance by an Eagle since David Peed scored 29 points on Nov. 25, 1989, in EWU’s 96-84 loss to BYU. Versus Cal State Northridge on Nov. 12, Crosgile had 18 points, five rebounds and seven assists.
* The Eagles went 1-5 on a season-opening six-game road stretch, including four games in six nights in California. With eight newcomers blending together with six letter winners (not including redshirts), the Eagles have had a lot of highs and lows on the trip. Eastern’s lone win was a 75-70 victory over South Carolina Upstate, a team that won 20 games a year ago and played in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Eagles lost to another 20-game winner and CIT participant, Utah Valley, by just three points (86-83). Eastern led 43-32 at halftime against Utah Valley, and even had a 31-26 lead late in the first half of an 85-66 loss on Nov. 18 to Saint Mary’s – a NCAA Tournament participant a year ago. In EWU’s third game in four nights in California, astern fell 89-74 to an unbeaten Santa Clara squad.
* Three Eagles who played for the highly-successful City College of San Francisco basketball team returned to the Bay Area for a quartet of games in November. Collin Chiverton is from San Jose, and Ivan Dorsey and Garrett Moon are both from San Francisco. That trio helped lead CCSF to the 2010-11 California Community Colleges Athletic Association title and finish 32-1. San Francisco finished the season with a 27-game winning streak, and was a perfect 12-0 to win the Coast-North title. The year after, Dorsey and Moon (who is redshirting this season) led the Rams to a 27-3 record, meaning those two players were on the winning end of 54 of 59 games in junior college. Chiverton also returned to his former college on the trip -- he redshirted the 2008-09 season while at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. In last year’s 77-61 loss to the Gaels, Chiverton scored 18 points for EWU. He had seven points in just 15 minutes before fouling out in this year’s meeting.
* With the addition of North Dakota and Southern Utah into the Big Sky Conference, Eastern’s league slate will include 20 games for the first time. The Big Sky Conference Tournament will take place March 14-16 at the site of the regular season champion. After being a six-team affair for most of its history, it will now include seven teams, with the regular season champion receiving a first-round bye. The tournament will include a quarterfinal round with six of the teams playing, followed by semifinals and the championship game.
* In all, Eastern’s 2012-13 schedule includes 10 games versus eight schools who participated in national postseason tournaments a year ago. Eastern will play six games against those opponents on the road, and four games at home. Two appeared in the NCAA Tournament – Saint Mary’s (Nov. 18 on the road) and Montana (Jan. 3 on the road and Feb. 2 at home). Washington State (Nov. 10 on the road) played in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament, and lost to Pittsburgh 89-69 in the championship game. The other five postseason opponents on EWU’s schedule were all in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Weber State (Dec. 20 at home and March 9 on the road), Idaho (Dec. 6 at home) and South Carolina Upstate (Nov. 21 on the road) advanced to the second round. Utah Valley (Nov. 20 on the road) and Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 30 at home) played in the first round.
* The preseason for the Eagles consisted of a 96-70 victory over Concordia, as well as a closed-door scrimmage two weeks earlier. Eastern also went on a six-game, seven-day trek across British Columbia in September. NCAA Division I schools are allowed to make one preseason foreign trip every four years, including up to 10 practices and six games. Of the 15 players on his roster, 14 of them played during the tour. In winning six games in six nights, the Eagles had a different leading scorer each night. On the floor, the trip helped Hayford blend together returning letterwinners, redshirts, four-year transfers, a junior college transfer and lots of incoming high school players. It also helped develop camaraderie and a team-first attitude among a melting pot of a roster consisting of Germans, Australians and Americans from five different states.
* After losing four seniors to graduation from his first Eastern team, Hayford’s 2012-13 squad will return two starters and four other returning letterwinners. His team also includes three players who redshirted last season – featuring a pair of NCAA Division I transfers – with six newcomers rounding out his squad. One guard and three players 6-7 or taller were lost from last year’s team.
* Eastern finished 15-17 overall and was 8-8 in Big Sky Conference play to finish fourth, and the Eagles hosted and won their first Big Sky Conference Tournament game since 2006. Eastern improved by five victories from the year before, as the Eagles equaled their most wins since Eastern made its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004.
* Eastern’s games versus Washington State, Utah Valley, South Carolina Upstate and Santa Clara are all part of the 2012 College Basketball Experience (CBE) Hall of Fame Classic. The WSU game took place in Pullman, Wash., and the other three will be played in Santa Clara, Calif., as part of the CBE Classic, which is hosted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
EWU vs. Idaho Series Notes
* Eastern trails in the all-time series 13-40, with EWU winning last year’s meeting to snap a two-game Vandal winning streak. Eastern won four-straight games in the series from Nov. 29, 1999, to Dec. 7, 2002, but that was nothing compared to Idaho’s nearly 10-year winning streak. The Vandals won 22-straight games against the Eagles from Nov. 28, 1986, to Feb. 17, 1996, including a 65-62 buzzer beater in the 1990 Big Sky Conference Tournament championship game. The streak was finally snapped with a 66-53 Eagle home win on Nov. 29, 1999. From the 1987-88 season through 1995-96, both schools were members of the Big Sky Conference. Below are series results since EWU became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season.
12/28/83 - L - 69-91
1/17/84 - W - 77-70 – H
1/16/85 - L - 66-59 – A
2/13/85 - L - 75-78 – H
12/7/85 - W - 79-65 – A
1/15/86 - W - 79-67 – H
11/28/86 - L - 65-76 – N
1/14/87 - L - 45-55 – H
11/25/88 - L - 54-79 – N
2/6/88 - L - 64-74 – A
2/27/88 - L - 58-61 – H
1/28/89 - L - 54-73 – H
2/5/89 - L - 74-87 – A
1/27/90 - L - 51-70 – A
3/1/90 - L - 54-72 – H
3/9/90 - L - 62-65 – N
1/26/91 - L - 55-72 – H
3/2/91 - L - 65-80 – A
1/30/92 - L - 54-64 – A
3/7/92 - L - 57-60 – H
1/22/93 - L - 63-87 – A
2/20/93 - L - 80-82 – A
1/21/94 - L - 65-71 – A
2/19/94 - L - 64-82 – H
1/21/95 - L - 62-78 – A
2/17/95 - L - 54-61 – H
1/19/96 - L - 53-75 – H
2/17/96 - L - 63-76 – A
11/29/99 - W - 66-53 – H
12/30/00 - W - 73-66 – A
12/6/01 - W - 59-48 – A
12/7/02 - W - 67-62 – H
12/28/03 - L - 60-64 – A
01/02/05 - L - 50-52 – H
11/30/05 - W - 68-55 – A
12/21/06 - W - 85-56 – H
12/9/07 - L - 49-58 – A
11/24/08 - W - 69-59 – H
11/28/09 - L - 54-76 – A
11/27/10 – L – 60-70 – H
11/30/11 – W – 73-66 - A
* In last year’s meeting, Eastern sank 3-pointers early and often and rolled to a 73-66 non-conference men’s basketball victory over the Vandals on Nov. 30, 2011, at Memorial Gym in Moscow, Idaho. The Eagles jumped out to a 27-7 lead and made eight treys in the first half alone. They finished with 13, as EWU led 38-24 at intermission and used an 8-0 run to pull away for the win. Five Eagles scored at least nine points, led by the 13 of senior point guard Cliff Colimon, who also had a game-high six assists. Senior forward Cliff Ederaine finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. Junior Jordan Hickert came off the bench to hit four 3-pointers and finish with 12 points – nearly double his previous high of seven. Junior guard Jeffrey Forbes and junior forward Collin Chiverton each had a trio of 3-pointers and finished with nine points apiece.
* In the last meeting in Cheney on Nov. 27, 2010, Kevin Winford made what was then a school-record eight three-pointers, but Idaho scored the game’s final 10 points for a 70-60 victory over the Eagles. Winford had what was then a career-high 28 points as he made 8-of-16 treys, breaking the record for attempts as well. Eastern trailed by 17 in the second half, but rallied behind his hot-shooting to knot the game at 60. Idaho, which made 11 three-pointers compared to 10 for the Eagles, made a pair of treys to ignite its game-ending 10-0 run. Sophomore guard Jeffrey Forbes, who like Winford played the entire game, added 10 points and five assists for the Eagles.
EWU vs. Seattle Series Notes
* Eastern leads the all-time series 10-7 (3-4 since EWU moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season) after last year’s loss in Seattle and a split in a home-and-home series in the 2010-11 season. The Eagles fell 91-78 last year, and a year earlier Eastern won 95-91 in Cheney on Dec. 15 and lost later in the year in Seattle, 60-51, on Jan. 6. The Eagles split a pair of games with the Redhawks in 2009-10 as well -- a 100-97 overtime win in Cheney on Dec. 12, 2009, and a 68-62 loss in Seattle on Feb. 1, 2010. Eastern also suffered a 63-59 overtime loss to the Redhawks on Feb. 24, 2009. Before those games, the last meeting came on Nov. 22, 1985, when Eastern won 83-64 at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. That was the lone game played between the two schools since EWU moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season. The first four meetings came in the 1945-46 season, and Eastern won all four as well as a pair the following season. A split followed in 1948-49, and Seattle swept a pair in the 1951-52 season. Seattle was in NCAA Division I from 1944-1980, with such star players as Elgin Baylor, John O’Brien, Clint Richardson and Frank Oleynick on its rosters. Baylor, in fact, led Seattle to the championship game of the NCAA Tournament where it lost 84-72 to Kentucky. Formerly known as the Chieftains, from 1980-2002 they were affiliated with NAIA and from 2002-2007 were a member of NCAA Division II. Here is a list of the recent meetings:
11/22/85 - W - 83-64
2/24/09 - L - 59-63 (ot) – H
12/12/09 - W - 100-97 (ot) – H
2/1/10 - L - 62-68 – A
12/15/10 - W - 95-91 – H
1/6/11 - L - 51-60 – A
1/16/12 – L – 78-91 - A
* In last year’s meeting, Eastern took a 52-51 lead early in the second half and was within one with 10 minutes to play, but it was all Seattle after that as the Redhawks rolled over the Eagles 91-78 on Jan. 16, 2012, at Key Arena in Seattle, Wash. The game concluded a stretch of three road games in five nights for the Eagles, as Seattle made 55 percent of its shots. Collin Chiverton scored his career high of 26 points in 26 minutes for the Eagles, who drained 13 3-pointers against the Redhawks. Senior point guard Cliff Colimon finished with 15 points, five assists and a pair of steals. Senior forward Laron Griffin added a season-high 11 points and had four rebounds.
* Sophomore center Martin Seiferth broke a school record that stood for 25 years with seven blocked shots in a 96-79 loss to Cal State Northridge on Nov. 12. Seiferth, who also had 27 points and 17 rebounds in the game, broke the previous record of six set by Dexter Griffen versus Idaho State on Jan. 2, 1987. Seiferth’s 17 rebounds are the sixth-best recorded performance all-time at Eastern. The sophomore from Berlin, Germany, just missed a spot on Eastern’s all-time leading scorers list, with 30 points scored by 10 different players to rank 39th. One game earlier, teammate Justin Crosgile scored 28 points against Washington State.
* Senior guard Jeffrey Forbes has played in 99 games (88 as a starter), and could break Marc Axton’s (2002-05) school record of 119 games played. Forbes has averaged 31.1 minutes per game in his Eastern career. He ranks ninth in school history with 105 career steals, and is also fourth in 3-pointers made (150) and attempted (398). He is 34 makes and 101 attempts away from school records. In his career at the free throw line, Forbes has made what would be a school record at 87.9 percent (145-of-165), but he is 33 attempts shy to meet the minimum of two free throw attempts per game. Forbes set a single season school record for free throw percentage (.900, 54-of-60) as a sophomore. He also made 55 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season to rank as the 11th-most in Eastern history (now 13th entering the 2012-13 season).
* Senior guard Kevin Winford has played in 95 career games, and is just 11 from a spot on Eastern’s top 10 all-time list (teammate Jeffrey Forbes has played in 99). He ranks in the top 10 on several Eastern season and career lists for 3-point shooting. On career charts, his 117 makes and his 346 attempts both rank fifth. Winford’s 81.0 percent (68-of-84) accuracy shooting free throws would rank fifth had he met the minimums (he has 84 and would need 190). Winford made 66 3-pointers in the 2010-11 season to rank fifth (now sixth) in single season school history, and his 187 attempts were fourth (now fifth). He owns school records for single game 3-pointers made (10) and attempted (23) when he finished with 39 points – fifth-best in school history – in his sophomore season against New Hope (12/4/10).
* Senior forward Collin Chiverton and his 102 3-pointers rank ninth on EWU’s top 10 career list, and his 251 attempts are 22 away. In the five seasons he has played since his junior year in high school, teams that Chiverton has played on have won 131 of 170 games for a .771 winning percentage. His junior college and high school teams won 114 of 131 games (87 percent).
Recent Game Summaries
* It was a coming out party for a trio of newcomers for the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team as the Eagles defeated Cal State Fullerton 79-75 on Nov. 30 in Eastern’s home debut at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles out-scored the Titans 40-29 in the second half, and held them to 28 percent shooting after intermission, including just 1-of-10 3-point field goals.
* Freshman forward Venky Jois and junior guard Justin Crosgile each had double-doubles for the Eagle. Jois finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds for his third double-double in the last four games. Crosgile, a transfer from St. Joseph’s, had 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. He made two huge baskets late in the game, as he recorded his first double-double of the season. After Crosgile hit a driving layin to give EWU a four-point advantage with 1:26 to play, senior Jeffrey Forbes helped clinch the win by making five of six free throws in the last 28.2. Parker Kelly, who had a season-high 12 for the Eagles, closed out the victory with a pair of free throws with 1.4 seconds left.
* Freshman forward Thomas Reuter chipped in 16 points, including 13 in the second half. His previous season high was six points as he entered the game averaging 2.3 points per game. He took the place of starter Collin Chiverton, who returned to his hometown of San Francisco because of the death of a close friend. A month ago, his mother passed away.
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Quoting Coach Jim Hayford
On Cal State Fullerton Win: “Our team grew up a lot. I’m very proud of them. I’m really proud of the defensive effort we had in the second half. We talked all week how we have to put together for forty minutes. We felt in the six road games we showed flashes of a good team, but we hadn’t done it for forty minutes. Against Cal State Fullerton we finished strong. We finished strong like how an Eastern football team finishes strong. It was good.”
On Newcomers Jois and Crosgile: “All of our guys have come here sold on a vision. He (Venky) came halfway around the world and Justin from the East Coast because they really, really believe we can become a winning program. We want to win. We really want to win. It feels really good to get the win at home.”
On Reuter in the Lineup: “We went to (Reuter) because we wanted to make them pay for having in four guards out there. So Thomas was the mismatch.”
On Chiverton and Reuter Filling His Void: “Our whole team hurts for Chiverton. He’s in a hard place right now. He’s grieving and we are getting him all the help he needs. I think all Thomas thought was ‘I need to play up to my ability and that’s the best I can do to fill his shoes.’ And he did a great job.”
On Second Half: “I thought we played harder the second half. Watching tape, we felt that their pressure defense would wear down through the game. I give my assistant coaches credit for a great scout. Ultimately, the difference was that they shot 28 percent in the second half and 10 percent from three.”