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Eagles hope to reinforce double-digit seed upset history vs. Georgetown

PORTLAND – So who has the chip on their shoulder now? Certainly not Eastern Washington. Within seconds of being paired with Georgetown in the NCAA tournament, the Eagles became the …


EWU notes: Hoyas’ Josh Smith immovable force in spurts

PORTLAND – Since his playing days at Kentwood High, Josh Smith’s undeniable talent has been overshadowed by his gargantuan size. No matter what he does on the court, poundage-per-game has …


Blanchette: Jim Hayford’s victory boast breath of fresh air

PORTLAND – Look out, bracket: Broadway Jim Hayford is in town. Eastern Washington’s head coach is either a calculating Barnum who’s found his audience in the NCAA basketball tournament, or …


Eagles’ 2003-04 tourney team offers advice to this year’s edition

Gregg Smith has some advice for the Eastern Washington basketball players at the NCAA tournament: savor the moment. That’s what Smith did 11 years ago, when the Eagles first went …


John Blanchette: Eagles’ Aussies love tourney atmosphere

PORTLAND, Ore. – The thrill of the miracle in Missoula had barely ebbed when the giddy wave of Selection Sunday washed over the Eastern Washington Eagles – and in particular …


EWU notes: Excited Eagles get down to business

PORTLAND – The excitement hasn’t worn off for Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford. It’s merely been channeled in a different direction. “I’ve gone from excitement mode to coach mode,” Hayford …


Eagles’ 2003-04 tourney team offers advice to this year’s edition

Gregg Smith has some advice for the Eastern Washington basketball players at the NCAA tournament: savor the moment.


Many basketball pundits like Eastern Washington’s chances against Georgetown

You wouldn’t know it by the bracket-busting experts, but Georgetown is supposed to beat Eastern Washington in their second-round South Region NCAA tournament game on Thursday. The 13th-seeded Eagles may …


Cheers in Cheney, where everyone knows their names

Long before he became a basketball coach, Jim Hayford was a budding bracketologist. Every Selection Sunday, beginning in grade school, he’d pull out paper and pencil and fill in the …


Blanchette: It was good to avoid neighborhood fracas

Looks as if the NCAA’s picking panel was having so much fun with its bracket that it had no need to manufacture more by matching the 509’s finest in the …


Blanchette: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Looks as if the NCAA’s picking panel was having so much fun with its bracket that it had no need to manufacture more by matching the 509’s finest in the …


Eagles soak in Selection Sunday announcement

Halfway through Sunday’s NCAA selection show, coach Jim Hayford and his players watched as the name of Eastern Washington appeared on national television alongside Georgetown, the Eagles’ opponent in a …


EWU-Montana notes: ‘Just like football’: Eagle fans let Griz hear it after Big Sky conquest

MISSOULA – As the confetti rained down Saturday night and Eagle Nation celebrated a Big Sky Conference championship, a few fans watched the fun – and had some of their …


Resilient Eagles became believers

MISSOULA – Define belief. Is it grasping that an 11-point deficit on an opponent’s home floor with mere minutes to go is a speedbump and not a sierra?


UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2015

Eagles win Big Sky, land in NCAA tournament

Tyler Harvey scored 18 points and Eastern Washington beat Montana 69-65 in the Big Sky championship game Saturday night to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.


Von Hofe leads Eastern into Big Sky tourney title game

MISSOULA – Late in the game, during a timeout, Felix Von Hofe broke into a smile. It was as wide as the basket looked all night to the Eastern Washington …


Women’s tourney staple in Missoula

MISSOULA – The University of Montana isn’t the permanent site for the Big Sky Conference women’s tournament. It only seems that way. The Grizzlies have hosted 21 of them, including …


Big Sky notes: Jim Hayford, Brian Katz friends to the end

MISSOULA – Their game plans will be tested tonight. Their friendship? Never. Eastern Washington coach Jim Hayford and Sacramento State’s Brian Katz go back more than two decades, but only …


Tyler Harvey pours in 42 points as EWU holds off Idaho

MISSOULA – It was almost unfair. The Idaho Vandals rose to the occasion of their Big Sky Conference quarterfinal game against Eastern Washington, but Tyler Harvey took his game to …


Bone chill when it comes to WSU days

On the morning of Feb. 12, Ken Bone stepped outside his hotel room in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where the Montana Grizzlies would play that evening, and got slapped across …


EWU’s Drew Brandon brings complete game

It wasn’t Drew Brandon’s idea to become one of the best rebounding point guards in the country. The notion was forced on him as a child, by his older brother …


Spokane Arena, EWU bidding for Big Sky basketball tournament

The Big Sky Conference has many reasons for seeking a permanent site for its postseason basketball tournament. Seven cities have responded, including a combined bid from Spokane and Cheney.


EWU  Eagles

Coming up: Saturday vs. Idaho, 2:05 p.m. Outlook: In the first repeat matchup of the Big Sky Conference season, Eastern hopes to solidify its spot atop the standings with another …


Rebounding, defense spark EWU’s win over Northern Colorado

This is what Eastern Washington basketball coach Jim Hayford means by program-building. With star forward Venky Jois out with an ankle injury and his Eagles warming up Thursday night to …


Four corners: Eastern Washington

Coming up: Tonight vs. Northern Colorado, 6:05 p.m.; Saturday vs. North Dakota, 2:05 p.m. Outlook: As January games go, it’s hard to top tonight’s action at Reese Court. The Eagles …


Eastern Washington counts on its versatile bench

More than ever, Jim Hayford is going to his bench. And more importantly, Eastern Washington’s men’s basketball coach is going there not by necessity, but by the virtues of his …


Eastern women defeat Georgia Southern

Melissa Williams and Delaney Hodgins turned in double-doubles and Eastern Washington women’s basketball team beat Georgia Southern 55-42 at the Gator Holiday Classic in Gainesville, Florida, on Sunday. Williams had …


Pair not enough to trump Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. – Christian Behrens scored a career-high 20 points, including eight late in the second half, and California beat Eastern Washington 78-67 on Friday night despite a season-high 31 …


17th-ranked Washington rallies to overtake EWU

SEATTLE – An early barrage of outside shots wasn’t enough to sustain Eastern Washington once No. 17 Washington started hitting its free throws. The Huskies won 81-77 on Sunday night …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 14, 2014

No. 17 Huskies rally to beat EWU 81-77

An early barrage of outside shots wasn’t enough to sustain Eastern Washington once No. 17 Washington started hitting its free throws. The Huskies won 81-77 on Sunday night despite trailing …