February 16, 2011
Painful lost for the Eagles...
Easterner sports writer Brian Beaudry gave me the skinny on the fouls... over seventy shots from the charity stripe shot in this one. Meaning this had to be a painful "Refs want the crowd to know they're there" game.
Here's the lead from Goeags.com...
The Eastern Washington University men's basketball team led by as many as 18 points in the first half and 15 in the second, but a 31-9 scoring run by the Lumberjacks turned the game around as NAU went on to defeat the Eagles 83-74 in a Big Sky Conference game Wednesday (Feb. 16) at the Rolle Activity Center in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Eastern, now 8-17 overall and 5-8 in the league, had a chance to pull into a fourth-place tie with Northern Arizona, which is now 15-10 and 7-6 in the Big Sky. However, despite a career-high 31-point night by Glen Dean, the Eagles couldn't hold off the Lumberjacks in the second half.
"We came out and we really guarded them," said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine. "We played awfully well in that first half even though we weren't getting any baskets in the paint. We couldn't continue it in the second half."
Not what Earlywine probably wants to see. He's on a little bit of a hot seat, but I would be very disappointed if EWU didn't give him a chance next year as well. They gave him a terrible program when he came in, and he's had to bring in a lot of transfers just to keep things respectable.
Although, considering the state of the program before the Burns disaster (How do you not make the BIG SKY TOURNAMENT with Rodney Stuckey?), there is potential in Cheney, it just needs to be cultivated.
Will Earlywine be the guy to do that?