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Seniors Power Eagles to Fifth-Straight Victory With Hard-Fought 95-85 Win Over North Dakota

Austin McBroom scored a career-high 35 points as Eastern topped North Dakota. (Photo: EWU Athletics) Austin McBroom scored a career-high 35 points as Eastern topped North Dakota. (Photo: EWU Athletics)

by EWU Athletics

Seniors lead, and the dynamic duo for the Eagles did exactly that.
 
Austin McBroom scored a career-high 35 and Venky Jois added 24 to help the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team power past North Dakota 95-85 Thursday (Feb. 11) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.
 
The victory gives the Eagles sole possession of third place in the Big Sky Conference standings with an 8-4 league mark. North Dakota had knocked off the Eagles 79-71 in the second league game of the year for both squads. In the first meeting, North Dakota sank 53 percent of its shots from the field, including 69 percent in the second half.
 
This time, EWU made 52 percent compared to 47 percent for the visitors. Eastern, now winners of its last six games when they've made at least half of its shots, also managed a 38-30 rebounding advantage.
 
Jois led the way on the boards with nine, and also had four blocked shots and five assists. He made all nine of his field goal attempts, including three dunks, to flirt with the school record of 10-of-10. He also sank 6-of-10 free throws, and is now only 76 points from the EWU all-time scoring record. He added to his records for blocks (229) and dunks (144).
 
"That was a really good win for our basketball team against a quality opponent," said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford. "Our two seniors played outstanding and wouldn't be denied. They led us to victory - that's what leadership on the floor looks like. Venky in the second half inside was just unstoppable."
 
The Eagles are now 14-10 overall and 8-4 in the league, with a 5-10 record on the road and perfect 9-0 mark at home. In league games, EWU is 6-0 at Reese Court and 2-4 on the road. North Dakota fell to 12-11 overall and 7-5 in the league.

Eastern returns to Reese Court to face Northern Colorado on Saturday (Feb. 13) at 2 p.m. in a rematch of EWU's league-opening 96-90 loss at UNC on Dec. 31. The Bears made 62 percent of their shots for the game and scored 78 points in the final 27 minutes.

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