Eagles Play Four Games in Six Nights in Bay Area

Although 0-2, Eastern is learning lessons along the way as second-year head coach Jim Hayford continues to develop his young team

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Upcoming Games

Sunday, Nov. 18 - McKeon Pavilion (3,500) - Moraga, Calif.
5 p.m. - Eastern Washington at Saint Mary's

CBE Classic - Leavey Center (4,700) - Santa Clara, Calif.
Nov. 20 - 8:15 p.m. (approx.) - Eastern Washington vs. Utah Valley
Nov. 21 - 6 p.m. - Eastern Washington vs. South Carolina Upstate
Nov. 23 - 4:15 p.m. (approx) - Eastern Washington at Santa Clara

Coaches Show

Tuesdays (Starting Nov. 27) at 6 p.m. at The Swinging Doors in North Spokane . . . 700-AM ESPN, www.700espn.com & via iphone app. (search for “Spokane Radio” and download app). Shows are each Tuesday from Nov. 27-Dec. 18 and from Jan. 15 to March 12, and feature head coach Jim Hayford and host Larry Weir. The Swinging Doors is located at W. 1018 Francis in Spokane.


TV: None.
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Live Stats (Utah Valley/SC Upstate/Santa Clara): http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statmonitr.php?gid=scu


Even in the expansive Big Sky Conference, the road isn’t as challenging as this.

The Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team continues its difficult six-game road stretch to start the 2012-13 season by playing four opponents in the span of six days in California.

The road trip for the 0-2 Eagles starts Sunday (Nov. 18) in Moraga, Calif., when the Eagles play defending West Coast Conference champion Saint Mary’s in a game that starts at 5 p.m. Pacific time. The Gaels finished 25-9 overall last year and were 11-3 in the WCC, and went on to lose 72-69 to Purdue in the NCAA Tournament.

Following that game, Eastern plays three games in Santa Clara, Calif., as part of the 2012 College Basketball Experience (CBE) Hall of Fame Classic, which is hosted by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Eastern will play Utah Valley on Nov. 20 at approximately 8:15 p.m., then plays South Carolina Upstate the next night at 6 p.m. After a day off for Thanksgiving, Eastern plays host Santa Clara at approximately 4 p.m. on Nov. 23.

The radio broadcast of each game 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.

The Eagles are coming off a 96-79 loss at Cal State Northridge on Nov. 12, which followed a season-opening 88-69 setback at Washington State. Against WSU it was poor shooting in the first half that hurt them most; versus Cal State Northridge the damaging blow were 22 turnovers that led to 25 points for the Matadors, as well as a total of 35 fast-break points.

In the two games combined, Eastern has made just 37.7 percent of its shots from the field, 36.7 percent from the 3-point stripe and 58.3 percent from the free throw line. In addition, the Eagles have had 36 turnovers and have given up 28 offensive rebounds.

“Hopefully the Cal State Northridge game was a lesson learned,” said second-year head coach Jim Hayford. “You use each situation and game to make your team better, and right now we are talking about developing a team. I said in these first six games on the road there were going to be some lessons learned, and that’s just part of adjusting these players to Division I basketball.

“Against Cal State Northridge we learned a little about pressure defense – you have to take care of the ball or else our turnovers are going to lead to transition points for the other team,” he continued. “You have to rebound or you won’t win, and you have to get back on defense or you won’t win. We’ll keep coaching and using the opportunities to get better.”

Including Saint Mary’s, three of Eastern’s four opponents in California had 20-victory seasons a year ago. Utah Valley was 20-13 overall and 9-1 in the Great West Conference to capture the league title. USC Upstate was 21-13 and finished second in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 13-5 mark. Santa Clara was 8-22 overall and 0-16 in the WCC last season.

Eastern doesn’t play at home until Cal State Fullerton visits on Nov. 30.


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Quick Shots

* It’s obvious, Eastern Washington University’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 23.0 points, 6.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game, and Seiferth is averaging 14.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.5 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.

* Six-foot-10 Oregon transfer Martin Seiferth had a monster night with 27 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots in a 96-79 loss to Cal State Northridge on Nov. 12. His seven blocked shots broke a school record that had stood for more than 25 years, dating back to Jan. 2, 1987, when Dexter Griffen had six versus Idaho State. Seiferth’s 17 rebounds are the sixth-best recorded performance all-time at Eastern. In the WSU game, the sophomore from Berlin, Germany, had two points, three rebounds and a pair of blocks.

* 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 best 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.

* True freshman forward Venky Jois from Boronia, Australia, has averaged 33.5 minutes per game thus far, and is averaging 9.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.0 blocked shots 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.

* Three Eagles who played for the highly-successful City College of San Francisco basketball team will return to the Bay Area this week. 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 expected to redshirt 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 will also be returning to his former college -- 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.

* 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.

* Eastern won’t play at home until Nov. 30 when Cal State Fullerton visits. After non-conference home games versus Idaho (Dec. 6) and Seattle (Dec. 10), as well as a non-league game at UC Davis (Dec. 17), Eastern opens its Big Sky Conference schedule at home before Christmas versus Weber State (Dec. 20) and Idaho State (Dec. 22).

* 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

* The EWU men’s basketball team will play its first six games away from home, but then will play five of six in an improved Reese Court setting. Eastern will play 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 will be added to the existing scoreboard at Reese Court this fall.

* The Eagles will also play at home in an ESPN BracketBusters game on Feb. 22 or 23.

* 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.


Series Notes

* Eastern will face Utah Valley and South Carolina Upstate for the first time in school history, but are 2-4 all-time versus both Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara.

* Eastern’s 2-4 all-time record versus Saint Mary's includes a 77-61 win by the Gaels last season. The Eagles also lost 85-65 in Moraga on March 13, 2009, in a late addition to the schedule of both teams, who were one under the maximum number of games allowed by the NCAA. Saint Mary’s was looking for another game to help better prepare All-America candidate Patrick Mills, who had missed nine games prior to the WCC Tournament because of a broken hand, for the NCAA or NIT Tournament (they ended up in the NIT). He finished with 19 points against the Eagles on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. He had four three-pointers and added a pair of assists and four steals.

* Eastern is 2-0 in Cheney against the Gaels, winning 88-80 in Cheney on Nov. 26, 2002. The Eagles finished 18-13 and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) that season, a year before EWU advanced to its first and only NCAA Tournament.

* Eastern lost 73-67 in Moraga on Dec. 22, 2001, in Randy Bennett’s first year as Saint Mary’s head coach. Eastern’s head coach in the 2001 and 2002 meetings with the Gaels was Ray Giacoletti, who is now an assistant coach at Gonzaga. The Eagles also beat the Gaels on Dec. 29, 1989, in Cheney and lost to them 76-56 on Dec. 19, 1988, on a neutral court. Here is the all-time list of games  Eastern has played versus Saint Mary’s.

12/20/11 – L – 61-77 – A
3/13/09 - L - 65-85 - A
11/26/02 - W - 88-80 - H
12/22/01 - L - 67-73 - A
12/29/89 - W - 98-73 - H
12/19/88 - L - 56-76 - 9

* A year ago, despite playing its third game in four nights, Saint Mary’s used a 16-2 run to take command early and went on to a 77-61 victory at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. The Gaels out-scored Eastern at the free throw line 32-13, and EWU managed only six 3-pointers in 15 attempts. Eastern entered the game ranked fifth in NCAA Division I with an average of 9.8 made per game on an average of 27.0 attempts per game. After trailing by double-digits much of the second half, a pair of technical fouls on the Gaels and some timely baskets helped EWU pull within nine with 3:55 left. But the Gaels clinched the win by making 10-of-14 free throws in the final 1:50. Junior college transfer Collin Chiverton, who redshirted at Saint Mary’s in the 2008-09 season, led the Eagles with 18 points. He made 6-of-14 shots from the field, including 3-of-5 from the 3-point arc. Junior Jeffrey Forbes chipped in 10 points. Entering the game, the Gaels were led by the 1-2 punch of forward Rob Jones (15.1 points, 11.0 rebounds per game) and guard Matthew Dellavedova (13.4 points, 6.0 assists). They continued their stellar play, as Jones finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds – his eighth double-double of the year -- and Dellavedova finished with a game-high 25 points and six assists. Dellavedova, a member of the Australian Olympic Team, made 6-of-10 shots from the field, 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 9-of-12 free throws.

* In the 2009 meeting, the Eagles led much of the first half, but Saint Mary’s pulled away in the second half for an 85-65 victory at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. Six-foot-11 center Omar Samhan paced the Gaels with a career-high 29 points and 12 rebounds as four Saint Mary’s players scored in double figures. Eastern’s 6-9 center, Brandon Moore, scored 10 first-half points and finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Benny Valentine scored 11 and Andy Genao and Chris Busch each added 10 points for the Eagles. Saint Mary’s out-scored Eastern 19-3 to open the second half and put the game out of reach. Saint Mary’s improved to 26-6 with the victory, but two days later, the Gaels were disappointed to not receive a NCAA Tournament at-large berth and had to settle for an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament instead. The late addition to the schedule came after SMC was looking for another game to help better prepare All-America candidate Patrick Mills, who had missed nine games prior to the WCC Tournament because of a broken hand. He finished with 19 points against the Eagles on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. He had four three-pointers and added a pair of assists and four steals.

* Eastern and Santa Clara haven’t played since Nov. 29, 2007, when the Broncos recorded a 66-57 victory at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. Eastern is 2-2 all-time in Santa Clara, with back-to-back wins followed by a 91-69 loss on Dec. 11, 2006. Here is the complete list of games EWU has played versus Santa Clara:

12/17/96 - L - 87-89 – H
12/17/97 - L - 64-82 – A
12/15/03 - W - 75-65 – A
1/3/04 - W - 65-54 – A
12/11/06 - L - 69-91 – A
11/29/07 - L - 57-66 - H


Records Watch

* Sophomore center Martin Seiferth broke a school record that had 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 94 games (83 as a starter) as an Eagle, and could break Marc Axton’s (2002-05) school record of 119. Forbes has averaged 31.3 minutes per game in his Eastern career. He ranks ninth in school history wit­­­h 99 career steals, and is also fourth in 3-pointers made (143) and attempted (380). He is 41 makes and 119 attempts away from the school record. In his career, Forbes has made what would be a school record at 87.9 percent (138-of-157), but he is 31 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 90 games, and is just 16 from a spot on Eastern’s top 10 all-time list (teammate Jeffrey Forbes has played in 94). He ranks in the top 10 on several Eastern season and career lists for 3-point shooting. On career charts, his 113 makes are seventh and his 331 attempts are fifth. Winford’s 81.8 percent (63-of-77) accuracy shooting free throws would rank fifth had he met the minimums (he has 77 and would need 180). 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 90 3-pointers are only eight away from a spot on EWU’s top 10 career list, and his 225 attempts are 49 away. In the five seasons he has played since his junior year in high school, teams that Chiverton has played on have won 129 of 165 games for a .782 winning percentage. His junior college and high school teams won 114 of 131 games (87 percent).


Recent Game Summaries

* Six-foot-10 Oregon transfer Martin Seiferth had a monster night with 27 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots to break a school record that had stood for 25 years, but the Eagle men’s basketball team couldn’t stop Cal State Northridge and lost 96-79 on Nov. 12 in Northridge, Calif. The Matadors finished with a 35-6 advantage in fast-break points and had 24 offensive rebounds that led to 16 second-chance points. Eastern had a 41-percent shooting night and 22 turnovers that led to 25 CSN points, as a 20-6 Cal State Northridge run put the game out of reach for the Eagles. Justin Crosgile finished with 18 points, five rebounds and seven assists, but he also had nine of EWU’s turnovers. True freshman Venky Jois chipped in 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. Senior guard Kevin Winford came off the bench to contribute nine points.

* Eastern made just one of its first 10 shots and fell behind early 7-0, and Washington State went on to an 88-70 victory in a non-conference game Nov. 10 at Friel Court in Cheney, Wash. Eastern and WSU both scored 49 points in the second half, but the damage was done in the first half. Washington State led at halftime 39-20 and by as many as 33 in the second half. Eastern made only 22 percent of its shots in the first half, including just 3-of-19 from 3-point range. 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. No other Eagles scored in double figures, but senior Jordan Hickert came off the bench to finish with eight points and four rebounds. Eastern was out-rebounded 47-34, but did have 15 offensive rebounds. True freshman Venky Jois led the way with nine boards, including three on the offensive end.

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Quoting Coach Jim Hayford

On Taking Care of the Ball: “A turnover is a great, great lead to a fast-break for the other team, so we need to take better care of the ball. That was a game where we needed to play like we did in the first half, and we didn’t do it. We need great senior leadership as we bring this team along.”

On Turnovers Versus CSN: “We have to do a better job taking care of the ball. Having 22 turnovers is a really painful number to me.”

On Improvements From Opener:  “We reduced our fouls, and in the Washington State game we fouled too much. I didn’t think we had a very good interior presence against WSU so we emphasized that, and against Cal State Northridge we did a much better job. So there was growth, but you can’t take a step backward in other areas. You have to keep putting it together, and that’s something our young team has to learn.”

On Martin Seiferth:  “Martin played outstanding. That has to be an outstanding confidence builder for him. If we can get that kind of play from inside, that is something we can really build on.”

On WSU Loss:  “We didn’t come out and do justice to the letters E-W-U on our jerseys. It could have been better, but it’s a work in progress. We have a young team and when they come together we will be a good team.”

On Justin Crosgile Versus WSU: “What I love about him is that he kept competing and kept his chin up. He knew he had a really poor first half, and he turned it around in the second half. But we need him to be more consistent.”

On Six-Game Road Stretch to Start Season: “We’re going to try to come back from that road swing with a team that is cohesive and together. Obviously, it is going to be hard to take a young team who hasn’t played much together and ask them to win on the road with six straight games. I feel the adversity can pay off in the long run. We embrace the challenge, but obviously it is a big challenge.”

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