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South Dakota Heats Up and Knocks Off Eagles, 77-71

Sophomore Bogdan Bliznyuk led the Eagles with 16 points in a 77-71 loss. (Photo: EWU) Sophomore Bogdan Bliznyuk led the Eagles with 16 points in a 77-71 loss. (Photo: EWU)

By EWU Athletics

For 29 minutes, it was vintage Eagle Basketball. But for the last 11, the Coyotes had the corner on hot shooting.
The Eastern Washington University men's basketball team used 11 3-pointers to open a nine-point second half lead, but South Dakota made 10 of its last 13 shots and defeated EWU 77-71 in a non-conference game Sunday afternoon (Nov. 29) at "The Nest" in Sacramento State.

Eastern fell to 3-3 on the season with the loss, while USD of the Summit League won its third-straight game - including wins on back-to-back days - to improve to 4-3. Eastern led 47-38 with 17:03 remaining and 53-46 at the 11:06 mark, but South Dakota out-scored the Eagles 31-18 the rest of the way.

"That was a really good team - that's why they came in here and beat Sacramento State by six and us by six," said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. "We'll just have to learn from it."

The Coyotes held Eastern's Venky Jois to just three shots from the field (he made all three), but the preseason MVP of the Big Sky Conference equaled his career high with seven assists. Defensively, though, EWU allowed South Dakota to make 58 percent of their shots from the field. The Coyotes also made 18-of-21 free throws compared to 7-of-11 for the Eagles.

"Credit Venky - he had seven assists and just one turnover," said Hayford. "South Dakota's game plan on him was to not let him shoot the ball. And Venky did a fantastic job finding open players. They took away our primary scorer, but we shot the ball well from the outside in the first half and the start of the second half. But they were just a little better than us today."

The game was part of the post-Thanksgiving Sacramento State Basketball Invitational, with the Eagles also playing Saturday evening against the University of the Pacific of the West Coast Conference, and coming out on top 70-63. The Coyotes were a 96-90 winner over host Sac State in Saturday's other game.

The Eagles are now 3-3, and have played teams from five different conferences thus far. After a 1-3 start to the season, South Dakota is now 4-3 after its third-straight win. Before knocking off Sacramento State 96-90, South Dakota beat South Dakota Mines & Technology 83-63. The member of the Summit League has also lost to Wright State (77-69), Northern Illinois (72-65) and Kansas State (93-72), with a win over Cal State Northridge (76-72).

Eastern remains on the road to face San Francisco on Tuesday (Dec. 1), then returns home to face Great Falls on Dec. 6.

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