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Eagles Drop 126 in Win Over George Fox

Venky Jois and the Eagles were red-hot on offense in their home opener. (Photo: EWU) Venky Jois and the Eagles were red-hot on offense in their home opener. (Photo: EWU)

by EWU Athletics

On a day a historic season was honored, the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team set a little more history by breaking a nearly 47-year scoring record.

With its ball-hawking defense leading the way with a school-record 23 steals, the Eagles rolled past George Fox 126-64 in the first-ever meeting between the two non-conference foes at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The afternoon matinee featured the presentation of championship rings to the 2014-15 squad and unveiling of Big Sky championship and NCAA Tournament banners at Reese Court.

Led by the 29 points of senior Venky Jois, the Eagles broke the previous scoring record recorded in a 124-94 win over Eastern Montana on Jan. 20, 1969. Two Eagles had double-doubles – Bogdan Bliznyuk with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Austin McBroom with 15 points and 10 assists.

“We knew George Fox was going to press us the whole 40 minutes, so we went into it knowing it was going to be a high-scoring game,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. “We had to keep executing in our offense, and at the same time we were trying to implement our own attacking defense. I think you put those two things together and that’s why we set a school record for points.”

Eastern is now 1-1, having lost its opener last Friday to Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. George Fox, a member of NCAA Division III, was 5-20 a year ago and 3-13 in the Northwest Conference. The game was an exhibition for the Bruins and does not count in their season record.


The victory came in Eastern’s home opener and was the second game of a five-day stretch in which the Eagles play three games. The Eagles won a NCAA Division I program-best 26 games a year, and are now 25 away from that mark. With a blowout win in the team’s home opener, the Eagles were able to play 12 players, with all playing at least seven minutes.

Eastern hosts Seattle on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 6:05 p.m.

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