Eastern will have plenty more time to savor its last victory, but head coach Shantay Legans prefers to embrace the extra rest and practice time afforded his team.
Saddled with foul woes, too many turnovers and an early deficit, EWU dramatically reversed course and roared back to secure a 78-71 victory over Montana in a Big Sky Conference contest Thursday night at Reese Court.
The last time Eastern Washington faced rival Montana, the Eagles were denied an NCAA Tournament berth.
Jordan Davis scored 30 points with five assists, freshman Bodie Hume had 21 points and eight rebounds and Northern Colorado beat Eastern Washington 75-63 on Monday night.
The victory is Idaho’s first in the Big Sky Conference against two losses and gives the Vandals a 4-10 overall mark. It also stopped a six-game losing streak.
Eastern Washington came from 11 points down in the first half to beat Idaho State 65-55, evening its conference record at 1-1.
Weber State turned the Eagles’ misses into transition buckets, shot 53 percent from the field and took advantage of a near eight-minute lull in the second half in which EWU didn’t hit just a single shot.
Syracuse, Oregon, Washington, Stanford, upstart San Francisco and Summit League power South Dakota State provided tough tests for the guard-heavy Eagles, but undesirable results.
Cody Benzel and Dalton Patchen turned Eastern Washington’s 92-73 dispatching of NAIA-member Corban into a local basketball showcase.
Ten times EWU cut the South Dakota State’s lead to one in front of a meager Christmas break crowd at Reese Court. Ten times All-American forward Mike Daum’s senior-laden Jackrabbits answered.
When EWU (1-9) concludes its brawny conference slate Tuesday at Reese Court against Summit League power South Dakota State (9-4), it won’t get any easier in the paint.
Daejon Davis scored 19 points, one of four to reach double figures, and Stanford beat Eastern Washington 78-62. Cormac Ryan scored 12 points, all on three pointers, for the Cardinal (5-4), who avenged last year’s loss to the Eagles.