Eagles Open Season at Washington State

After 26-point exhibition win over Concordia, games start to count for second-year head coach Jim Hayford

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Upcoming Games

Saturday, Nov. 10 - Friel Court (11,671) - Pullman, Wash.
4:30 p.m. - Eastern Washington at Washington State

Monday, Nov. 12 - The Matadome (1,600) - Northridge, Calif.
7:05 p.m. - Eastern Washington at Cal State Northridge

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: The WSU game is televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
Radio: All Eastern games are on 700-AM ESPN in Spokane. Larry Weir returns for his 20th season calling the play-by-play, starting 20 minutes prior to tipoff. Dennis Patchin will fill-in for Weir at Washington State because of EWU's football game that day.
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Although he received a better preseason look at his squad than most years, second-year Eastern Washington University men’s basketball coach Jim Hayford never knows what the season opener will be like. Especially when facing a Pac-12 Conference opponent in the first of six-straight road games to open the year.

The Eagles officially open their 2012-13 season this Saturday (Nov. 10) when EWU plays at Washington State at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time at Friel Court. The game is being televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

The radio broadcast of this week’s game will be joined in progress after the conclusion of Eastern’s football game versus UC Davis that starts at 1:35 p.m. Veteran announcer Dennis Patchin will be in Pullman and fill-in for Larry Weir, who will be broadcasting the football game but will return as EWU’s full-time play-by-play announcer for basketball. The radio broadcasts may be heard 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.

“We’re trying to build a winning program, so you put the uniforms on, the lights are on, the refs are out and the fans are there, so winning is always a good thing,” said Hayford of his team’s 96-70 exhibition victory over Concordia (Ore.) last Sunday (Nov. 4). “You hope that becomes contagious. But at the end of the day, those exhibition games are just like a practice. But now everything counts and it gets a lot more intense. We are eager to take the challenge on down in Pullman.”

A year ago, 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.

Four seniors were lost to graduation from Hayford’s first Eastern team, and his 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.

The Cougars were 19-18 a year ago and 7-11 in the Pac-12 Conference. Washington State played in the College Basketball Invitational Tournament, and lost to Pittsburgh 89-69 in the championship game. The Cougars lead the all-time series 54-11, including a 75-49 win over EWU in Pullman a year ago. The 26-point setback was easily the worst defeat EWU had in Hayford’s debut season.

“When you look at that all-time series, it is definitely heavy in Washington State’s favor,” said Hayford. “Our players feel like we really let our fans down and ourselves down last year – we felt like that was maybe our worst game of the year. We’re going to come focused. We might be the underdog, but we embrace the role and we are looking at going down to Washington State and get the win.”

Following Saturday’s game, Eastern continues on the road to face Cal State Northridge on Nov. 12. The Matadors finished 7-21 overall last season and 3-13 in the Big West Conference. The Matadors, who were a member of the Big Sky Conference from the 1996-97 to 2000-01 school years, are coached by Bobby Braswell. He is currently in his 17th season at Cal State Northridge, having started there in CSN’s initial year as a Big Sky member.

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

“We’re going to try to come back from that road swing with a team that is cohesive and together,” said Hayford. “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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Quick Shots

* Eastern opens the season Nov. 10 at Washington State, but 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.

* 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.


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.

* 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 will take 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.

* 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.


EWU-WSU Series Notes

* The Eagles are now 11-54 in the all-time series against Washington State, to go along with a 1-11 record all-time against Washington. Eastern hasn’t defeated the Cougars in Pullman since 1952. Eastern is 0-10 against other members of the Pac-12, giving the Eagles a 12-75 record all-time against that league. Since Eastern moved to NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season, EWU is 2-34.

* Eastern is currently 12-75 versus teams from the Pac-12 Conference. Last season, Eastern lost 73-65 to Oregon, 79-49 to Washington State and then 60-47 to UCLA for its 14th-straight loss versus current teams from the league.

* Eastern’s win at Washington in the 2002-03 season snapped a five-game losing streak versus Pacific 10 Conference opponents dating back to Eastern’s 83-82 overtime win versus Washington State on Dec. 22, 1997, in Kennewick, Wash. That victory over WSU was Eastern’s first-ever victory over a Pacific 8 or Pacific 10 Conference opponent since the inception of the conference in 1968. It was also Eastern’s first win over Washington State since Dec. 1, 1952, when the Eagles pulled out a 72-71 overtime road win, which is EWU’s last win in Pullman in the series. The Cougars had led the all-time series 50-10 and had won 17-straight games over the Eagles prior to that EWU victory in 1997.

* Eastern’s lone victory over the Huskies was 62-58 in December 2002. Washington won the previous four meetings which all took place between December 1989 and December 1996.

* Against new members of the Pac-12, the Eagles are 0-2. Eastern has lost twice to Colorado (79-61 on Dec. 18, 1999 and 87-67 on Dec. 2, 1994) and has never played Utah. Eastern has also never played USC, Arizona State or Stanford.

Here is a list of the previous meetings against Washington State since EWU became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season:
12/14/85 - L - Washington State - 71-80 – A
11/27/87 - L - Washington State - 46-68 – N
11/26/88 - L - Washington State - 47-55 – N
12/11/89 - L - Washington State - 42-81 – A
12/10/91 - L - Washington State - 59-80 – H
12/12/92 - L - Washington State - 66-83 – A
11/29/94 - L - Washington State - 59-87 – A
11/26/95 - L - Washington State - 58-90 – A
12/7/96 - L - Washington State - 46-80 – H
12/22/97 - W - Washington State - 83-82 (ot) – N
12/5/98 - L - Washington State - 72-91 – H
11/9/07 - L - Washington State - 41-68 – A
11/16/09 - L - Washington State – 61-67 – A
12/3/11 - L - Washington State – 49-75 - A


Here is a list of the previous meetings against Washington:
12/13/89 - L - Washington - 58-74 - A
11/25/94 - L - Washington - 48-64 - A
11/28/95 - L - Washington - 55-74 - H
12/29/96 - L - Washington - 54-81 - A
12/14/02 - W - Washington - 62-58 - A
11/29/03 - L - Washington - 91-104 - A
12/05/04 - L - Washington - 56-89 - A
12/16/05 - L - Washington - 74-91 - A
11/24/06 - L - Washington - 83-90 - A
11/18/07 - L - Washington - 68-82 - A
12/20/08 - L - Washington - 50-83 - A
11/16/10 - L - Washington - 72-98 - A


Here is a list of the previous meetings against other members of the Pac-10 Conference since EWU became a member of NCAA Division I in the 1983-84 season:
12/2/94 - L - Colorado - 67-87 - A
11/25/98 - L - California - 63-94 – A
12/15/99 - L - Oregon State - 62-78 - A
12/18/99 - L - Colorado - 61-79 - A
12/19/00 - L - Oregon State - 50-58 - A
11/16/01 - L - California - 27-56 - A
12/28/04 - L - Arizona - 45-79 - A
12/15/06 - L - Oregon - 74-100 - A
11/17/11 - L - Oregon - 65-73 – A
12/14/11 – L – UCLA – 47-60 - A


* In last year’s meeting with WSU, Eastern’s shooting effort that was half that of Washington State, as the Eagles lost to the Cougars 75-49 on Dec. 3 at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash. Eastern made only 25 percent of its shots from the field (15-of-59), including only 4-of-23 3-point attempts for 17 percent. Meanwhile, the Cougars used a 14-0 run in the first half to help them to a 41-25 halftime lead. Washington State finished the game making exactly 50 percent of their shots from the floor (23-of-46). Eastern had only 12 turnovers compared to 21 for the Cougars, but Eastern was pounded on the boards 45-29. Junior Collin Chiverton scored 12 points to lead the Eagles, but he made only 3-of-11 shots from the field. Eastern’s starting five combined to make only 8-of-20 shots for 40 percent.

* In 2009, Eastern used defense to open an early lead and an offensive burst to pull within one in the final minute, but Washington State was able to squeak out a 67-61 non-conference win over the Eagles Nov. 16, 2009, at Friel Court in Pullman, Wash. The Eagles rallied with a 15-5 run late in the game to pull within one at 62-61 with 1:04 left. But the Cougars sandwiched a three-pointer and two free throws in the final 44 seconds around an Eagle turnover to score the final five points of the game. The Eagles and Cougars both made 42 percent of their shots in the game, but EWU had a 39-32 rebounding edge. Three Cougars combined to score 55 of their team’s 67 points, including 24 by Klay Thompson, who made the crucial three-pointer with 44 seconds to play.


EWU-CSN Series Notes

* Eastern is now 10-8 all-time against Cal State Northridge, including last year’s 68-59 home loss. The two teams met twice in the Big Sky Conference Tournament, with Eastern losing 104-98 in overtime in the quarterfinals in 1998 in Flagstaff, Ariz., and then losing to the Matadors 73-58 in the title game in 2001 in Northridge, Calif. The two teams have met three times previously since Cal State Northridge left the league. Besides last year’s loss, Eastern won at home 70-48 on Dec. 4, 2005, then lost in Northridge 102-98 a year later. Here is a list of the previous meetings against Cal State Northridge:
1/31/91 - W - Cal State Northridge - 95-73 - H
12/28/91 - L - Cal State Northridge - 72-78 - A
12/5/92 - W - Cal State Northridge - 61-60 - 1
1/4/97 - L - Cal State Northridge* - 66-77 - A
2/13/97 - L - Cal State Northridge* - 75-78 - H
1/5/98 - W - Cal State Northridge* - 85-77 - H
2/12/98 - W - Cal State Northridge* - 87-80 - A
3/5/98 - L - Cal State Northridge - 98-104 OT - 2
1/9/99 - W - Cal State Northridge* - 85-79 - A
2/18/99 - W - Cal State Northridge* - 78-77 - H
1/15/00 - W - Cal State Northridge* - 78-77 - H
2/24/00 - W - Cal State Northridge* - 70-68 - A
1/20/01 - W - Cal State Northridge* - 88-75 - A
3/1/01 - L - Cal State Northridge* - 84-86 - H
3/10/01 - L - Cal State Northridge - 58-73 - 3
12/4/05 - W - Cal State Northridge - 70-48 - H
12/3/06 - L - Cal State Northridge - 98-102 – A

2/19/11 – L – Cal State Northridge – 59-68 – H
1 -- The Gaucho Classic in Santa Barbara, CA (3rd)
2 -- Big Sky Conference Tournament Quarterfinals in Flagstaff, Ariz.
3 -- Big Sky Conference Tournament Championship Game in Northridge, Calif.


* In the 2011 meeting versus the Matadors, Eastern couldn’t maintain its first-half effort as Cal State Northridge defeated the Eagles 68-59 Feb. 19 in a Sears ESPN BracketBusters game at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. Eastern led by four at halftime, but a 15-2 run midway through the second half helped give the Matadors a lead it would not relinquish. Eastern scored five-straight points down the stretch, but a basket and two free throws closed out the scoring and the game for Cal State Northridge. The Matadors made 62 percent of their shots (13-of-21) in the second half after making just 30 percent in the first 20 minutes (8-of-27). Eastern’s sophomore trio of Glen Dean, Jeffrey Forbes and Kevin Winford combined for 35 points and eight assists to lead the Eagles. Dean finished with 17 points, Forbes scored 10 and had five assists and Winford chipped in eight points.


Records Watch

* Senior guard Jeffrey Forbes has played in 92 games (82 as a starter) as an Eagle, and could break Marc Axton’s (2002-05) school record of 119. Forbes has averaged 31.7 minutes per game in his Eastern career. He ranks ninth in school history wit­­­h 97 career steals, and is also fourth in 3-pointers made (143) and attempted (377). He is 41 makes and 122 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 27 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 88 games, and is just 18 from a spot on Eastern’s top 10 all-time list (teammate Jeffrey Forbes has played in 92). He ranks in the top 10 on several Eastern season and career lists for 3-point shooting. On career charts, his 110 makes are seventh and his 326 attempts are fifth. Winford’s 83.8 percent (62-of-74) accuracy shooting free throws would rank second had he met the minimums (he has 74 and would need 176). 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 88 3-pointers are only 10 away from a spot on EWU’s top 10 career list, and his 217 attempts are 57 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 163 games for a .791 winning percentage. His junior college and high school teams won 114 of 131 games (87 percent).


Recent Game Summary

* Senior guard Kevin Winford scored 15 of his game-high 18 points in the first half as Eastern rolled past Concordia (Ore.) 96-70 in an exhibition game Nov. 4 at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The Cavaliers, who were edged by Big Sky Conference member Portland State 96-93 two nights earlier, are a member of NAIA and the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

* Senior forward Collin Chiverton also had 18 points in just 10 minutes of action for the Eagles, as four players scored in double figures. Senior guard Jeffrey Forbes added 15 and 6-foot-10 sophomore Martin Seiferth chipped in a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Freshman forward Venky Jois added eight points, 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Winford added seven assists and junior point guard Justin Crosgile contributed eight assists, nine points and three steals. Chiverton, whose mother passed on Oct. 31, scored 14 of his points in the second half in just six minutes of action. He was the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year last year as a transfer from City College of San Francisco.

* Read more at: http://www.goeags.com/sports/m-footbl/2012-13/Releases/12fbOct27SouthernUtahRecap


Quoting Coach Jim Hayford

On Rematch With Cougars after 75-49 Loss in Pullman Last Season: “For us to win in Pullman we are going to have to shoot the ball well and execute well. We have to be physical so we can win on the boards. Washington State has a lot of big question marks on their team just like we do, because we have new players in new roles. We’ll see who can find the most comfortable feel and rhythm to the game early. Sometimes these first games of the year can be really, really ugly. We’ll just see who is more ready to play, but I do know both teams will play hard.”

On Exhibition Victory: “We weren’t sure what to expect in our first exhibition game because they barely beat Portland State two nights before. So to come away with a 26-point win was encouraging. We distributed the minutes and played lots of guys – some made the most of their opportunities and some we were quite frankly disappointed with.”

On Need for Leadership from Seniors: “Right now, for our team to play well, we need to be led by our seniors. In our exhibition game, our leading scorers were three of our four seniors – Collin Chiverton, Kevin Winford and Jeffrey Forbes. We really need them to lead us. And we got a pretty good game out of our point guard, Justin Crosgile. We really need that experience, because we have a really young frontcourt.”

On Starting Lineup: “Normally I like to have a steady starting lineup, but I am still not sure. I am not sure who we are going to redshirt. There is going to be a lot of thought going into this week.”

On Point Guards Justin Crosgile and Kevin Winford: “Both of them will play. I call them one-point-fives -- they are not a one or a two, they are one-point-fives. I thought it looked pretty good when they were on the court together.”

On Win Over Concordia: “I thought we started out a little sloppy, but once we got through that we looked like the team I have been seeing in practice. We are going to have a lot of spurts like that because of the youth of this team. Against Concordia it just happened in the beginning, but we got a rhythm going and things went well.”

On Top Performers Against Concordia: “Kevin gave us huge bursts in the first half and Chiverton gave us an equal boost in the second half. And Martin gave us a good game on the inside.”

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