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Bogdan Bliznyuk Records First Triple-Double in School History in 96-73 Win

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Sophomore Bogdan Bliznyuk had the first triple-double in school history in the Eagles win over NAU. (Photo: EWU) Sophomore Bogdan Bliznyuk had the first triple-double in school history in the Eagles win over NAU. (Photo: EWU)

by EWU Athletics

Bogdan Bliznyuk isn't your normal 6-foot-6 forward - he's a "blur."
 
The Eastern Washington University sophomore registered the first triple-double in school history with 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to lead to a 96-73 Big Sky Conference victory over Northern Arizona Saturday (Jan. 16) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.
 
Last year's Big Sky Freshman of the Year helped the Eagles lead by as many as 15 in the first half and 26 in the second half to complete EWU's unbeaten three-game homestand. In those three games, Eastern led 113:30 out of a total of 120 possible minutes.
 
"We're very grateful for a very solid homestand these three games," said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. "We played really well and found our balance and rhythm as a team these last two weeks."
 
Senior Venky Jois completed a huge weekend with 21 points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. He had five dunks on Saturday, giving him 11 for the week, which included a 106-80 victory over Southern Utah on Thursday. Jois made 23-of-28 shots (82 percent) in the two games and had 20 rebounds, three blocks and three assists.
 
Also in double figures for the Eagles against the Lumberjacks were Austin McBroom (19), Sir Washington (13) and Julian Harrell (11). But the day belonged to Bliznyuk, who plays a position Hayford calls a "blur" because it shares attributes of a shooting guard, small forward and power forward.
 
He made 4-of-12 shots from the field and both of his free throws, and also had three blocked shots in his fourth performance of at least a double-double of his career and second this season. Not even Rodney Stuckey, now of the Indiana Pacers, or former All-Big Sky point guard Drew Brandon, were able to register the rare feat.
 
"For Bogdan to do that today is something that he will hold for the rest of his life," said Hayford. "I'm really proud and happy for him.
 
The Eagles are now 3-2 in the Big Sky and 9-8 overall with their second-straight league victory after opening the year with road defeats at Northern Colorado and North Dakota. In the last three games, including a 74-60 win over Idaho and 106-80 romp over Southern Utah, Eastern has led for 113:30 out of a possible 120 minutes.

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