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Freshman Jeffrey Forbes Scores 24 in Eagle Win

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ARLINGTON, Texas - When the going got tough, it got easier for true freshman Jeffrey Forbes as he scored 24 points for the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team Saturday in a 72-68 road win against Texas Arlington.

It was the fourth game in eight days for the 2-2 Eagles. Eastern returns home to Reese Court on Tuesday to face former Big Sky Conference rival Boise State in a 7:05 p.m. game at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

In just his fourth collegiate game after helping Federal Way (Wash.) High School to the 2009 State 4A Championship, Forbes made 10-of-16 shots from the field. He also had five rebounds, two steals and just one turnover in 34 minutes of action.

Eastern led from start to finish after opening an early 16-point lead. The Mavericks cut the lead to three with 50 seconds to play, but a free throw by Forbes and a fastbreak layin by Benny Valentine put the game away for the EWU. Texas Arlington fell to 1-2 with the loss despite a 32-point effort by senior Marquez Haynes.

"The game was really fast and UTA is really athletic, so we had trouble running some of our offensive sets," explained Earlywine. "So it turned into a read and react basketball game, and Jeffrey's athleticism, speed and quickness was certainly a contributing factor. He was able to get to the rim.

"He was able to play fast, but he did it for 34 minutes and had just one turnover," added Earlywine. "It was a sign of growth for a young freshman. It was good to see him do that, and we needed every bit of it."

Newcomer Alden Gibbs added a season-high 11 points and three steals for the Eagles, and Mark Dunn had 11 points and five rebounds. Brandon Moore chipped in a game-high nine rebounds and six points.

Eastern played its second-straight game without injured starters Kevin Winford (concussion) and Matthew Brunell (sprained ankle). Eastern had just seven healthy players, but injured Abebe Demissie (hamstring) played three minutes and contributed a huge three-pointer in the second half.

"It was terrific win and a real step forward for our team," added Earlywine, whose team sat on a plane Friday for two hours on its way to Arlington. "We went on the road for a game with a two-hour time difference; we played with seven healthy players and were missing two starters; and we have freshmen and they have seniors . . . I can go-on-and on with a long list of things we had going against us."

Last year Eastern defeated Texas Arlington 73-70 at home in a game that featured 12 ties and 18 lead changes. Current Valentine led the way with 28 points and Moore had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in that game.

Boise State was 2-1 heading into Saturday night's game at Wyoming, defeating Loyola Marymount (90-87) and North Dakota (75-60), but losing on the road at Montana (95-82).

Eastern Washington University
Athletic Department

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