December 22, 2008

Moore Finishes with 22 Points and 12 Rebounds in Eastern Win

Dec. 22, 2008

Final Stats

Junior center Brandon Moore had 22 points, 12 rebounds and three assists to lead Eastern Washington to a 90-87 victory over Evergreen State Monday (Dec. 22) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

In a game that featured 27 lead changes and 12 ties, the Eagles tied the game and took the lead for good with 1:22 left on a pair of free throws by Moore. His performance helped overcome a 66 percent shooting night for the Geoducks that included a 36-point effort by Nate Menafee.

Now 7-5, the Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory over the 7-3 Geoducks. Evergreen State entered the game ranked 16th in NAIA Division II and were coming off an 82-68 win over that division's No. 1 ranked team, Oregon Tech.

The game concluded a three-game stretch in a five-day span to end EWU's pre-Christmas schedule. Before an 83-50 loss to the Huskies on Dec. 20, EWU fell to Missouri-Kansas City 68-61 on Thursday (Dec. 18).

Eastern takes a short break for Christmas before returning to action at Boise State Dec. 29 at Boise State. The Broncos are 8-3 following a 75-72 victory at San Diego Monday. Boise State started the season 6-1, including victories over Big Sky Conference members Idaho State (94-92 in overtime on Nov. 22) and Montana State (74-61 on Nov. 24). The Eagles opened its Big Sky schedule with a 61-51 win over MSU on Dec. 6.

Moore made 6-of-12 shots from the field and 10-of-13 free throws against the Geoducks, and seven of his rebounds came on the offensive end. The 6-foot-9 Moore came just one point from his career high of 23 points set as a freshman against Evergreen State. His assists tied his career high from that game.

Eastern had a 40-25 rebounding advantage, including 17 offensive boards, and had 25 second chance points compared to none for Evergreen State. Andy Genao had nine rebounds and Chris Busch added six.

All five Eastern starters scored in double figures with Benny Valentine adding 16 points, four assists and a pair of steals. Mark Dunn scored 13 points, Milan Stanojevic had 11 and Genao chipped in 10.

Menafee, a junior from Tacoma (Timberline HS), made 16-of-21 shots from the field and also had five assists. Nick Moore had 19 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting and 6-foot-8 center Julio Feliciano had nine assists and three steals.

The Geoducks had a 14-4 advantage in fast break points and made 10-of-15 three-point attempts. Eastern made 45 percent of its shots from the field and 22-of-30 free throws for 73 percent.

The first half featured eight lead changes and five ties as Menafee made 12-of-16 shots en route to a 28-point performance. Moore had 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists prior to intermission.

Eastern finished with a season-high for points, with the previous most 78 in a win over UC Irvine on Nov. 30. However, the Eagles allowed their second-most points this season, with Minnesota scoring 88 versus EWU on Nov. 26.

Eastern's 6-2 record after the first eight games was its best start since the 2002-03 season when EWU used a four-game winning streak to improve to 7-2. Eastern was unable to duplicate that 7-2 start by losing at Hawaii on Dec. 13, but Eastern is still 1-0 in the Big Sky after a 66-51 victory against Montana State on Dec. 6 that represents the earliest Big Sky start in EWU history.

Earlywine is in his second season at the helm after leading the Eagles to an 11-19 record overall and 6-10 Big Sky Conference mark last season. Season tickets, including several packages with selected games, are now on sale. Information is available at http://WWW.GOEAGS.COM.

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