Eastern sophomore guard rebounds from worst game of the season with his best in 94-90 victory over Northern Colorado
Tyler Harvey had a “night-and-day” kind of weekend.
For the second time in the past four weeks, the sophomore guard has been selected as the College Sports Madness Big Sky Conference Player of the Week after yet another record-breaking effort in Eastern’s 94-90 overtime win over Northern Colorado last Saturday (Feb. 1).
He eclipsed 36 points for the second time in four games when he made a school-record 10 3-pointers and totaled 38 points versus the Bears. His point total was the sixth-most in school history as he helped EWU improve its league record to 4-6 heading into this week’s road games at Montana State (Feb. 6) and Montana (Feb. 8).
Harvey finished 10-of-15 from the 3-point stripe after going just 1-of-8 from outside the arc and finishing with a season-low seven points in his last outing against North Dakota, a 73-61 loss on Jan. 30.
“To go 10-of-15 after going 1-of-8 on Thursday night shows that Tyler doesn’t lack any confidence,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. “He believes in his game, and he believes in his teammates. He understands when he has a great shot it is his role to take it. There are a lot of players that would have come off of Thursday night and said, ‘Oh, I am not going to shoot it.’ He understands what his role is.”
Harvey made a 3-pointer that helped send the UNC game into overtime, then made his record-tying 10th trey to open the extra period and give EWU the lead for good. He tied the record of 10 by Kevin Winford against New Hope on Dec. 4, 2010 and his 38 points equaled current Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey for the sixth-most in school history.
He scored 36 points versus Southern Utah on Jan. 23 when he made 20-of-20 free throws to break school and Big Sky records for accuracy and total makes. Harvey continues to lead the Big Sky Conference in scoring both overall (21.1) and in league games only (23.2).
He was also honored by College Sports Madness on Jan. 13 after he scored 25 points in a 69-62 win over Montana and 19 in a 77-72 triumph against Montana State.