SEATTLE – A late 8-0 run and clutch free throws down the stretch by Seattle sent the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team to its sixth straight defeat, 68-62, in a non-conference game Monday night at KeyArena.
Eastern took a 58-55 lead with 3:05 to play on a 3-pointer by freshman Kevin Winford, but didn’t score in the next 21/2 minutes.
The Redhawks clinched the win by making 9 of 9 free throws in the final 1:49.
“I told the team at some point we have to start doing the things down the stretch to win a game,” said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine. “And more importantly, we need to stop doing the things that beat us. That would be the first step in the right direction.”
Taking a break from Big Sky Conference play before playing at Sacramento State on Sunday, the Eagles are now 6-17 overall with a 2-7 Big Sky record. Seattle improved to 10-13.
Freshman Jeffrey Forbes led the Eagles with 14 points, including a 3-pointer that gave EWU a 45-43 lead midway through the second half. Fellow freshman Glen Dean added 13 points, four assists and a pair of steals, and Winford chipped in nine points.
Senior Brandon Moore had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Eagles, his fifth double-double of the season and the 11th of his career.
Seattle had three players in double figures – Garrett Lever with 13 points, Charles Garcia 11 and Aaron Broussard 10 – in snapping a two-game losing streak
The Redhawks had a 38-32 rebounding advantage and made 21 of 28 free throws compared to 11 of 14 by the Eagles.
“We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, we got outrebounded and they doubled us on the free throw line,” said Earlywine. “In spite of all that, we had a three-point lead and control of the game. But we had mental and physical mistakes after that.”
Earlier this season, the Eagles beat the Redhawks 100-97 in overtime in Cheney. But since then, EWU has lost 12 of 14 games.
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