Eastern Washington humbles Wolves men, 82-44

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CHENEY, Wash. — Two days after suffering a hard fought 92-80 loss to the University of Washington in Seattle, Eastern Washington University got back on the winning track at the expense of Walla Walla University here Tuesday night at Reese Court.

The Eagles, behind junior Martin Seiferth’s 24 points and 18 rebounds, humbled the Wolves 82-44 in the non-league men’s basketball game to improve their season record to 2-1. It was the ninth consecutive defeat for the winless Wolves.

“Today gave us a great opportunity to put the Husky game behind us, to play against someone else and to put a win on our record,” Eastern coach Jim Hayford said. “I felt like Walla Walla was a well-coached team, and I really appreciate the effort they put forth tonight. At the end of the day, this is a game we should win and we did.”

The 6-foot-10 Seiferth had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the first half alone as EWU jumped out to an 11-0 lead and had a 36-20 advantage at intermission. He came close to his career highs of 27 points and 21 rebounds set in games last season.

Point guard Drew Brandon dished out 10 assists — only the 28th time in school history that a player has achieved double figures in assists — to go along with nine rebounds, four steals and three points. He is now averaging 10.0 points, 9.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 3.3 steals per game after his first three games in NCAA Division I.

Sophomore Tyler Harvey, who scored 28 in the near-miss against Washington, had 12 points in the second half to finish with 15 on 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. Sophomore Venky Jois added 14 points and three assists after scoring 12 in the first 20 minutes.

Walla Walla got most of its production off the bench.

Reserve Andrew Bailey made 4-of-11 shots from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers, and led the Wolves in scoring with 11 points. Two other bench players, Tyree Luckett and Andrew Nye, led WWU with six rebounds and four assists, respectively.

Eastern made 48 percent of its shots from the floor, compared to 30 percent for the Wolves. Eastern also had a 46-30 advantage in rebounds and had nine fewer turnovers (16-7).

Eastern now heads into a stretch of three games in three days beginning Friday in Irvine, Calif., as part of the of the 2K Sports Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. The Eagles play Boston University, LIU Brooklyn and UC Irvine — teams which had a collective record of 58-43 (57 percent) a year ago, and were 34-18 (65 percent) in their respective leagues.

Walla Walla, an NAIA independent, is off now until Nov. 29 when the Wolves entertain Northwest University in a 2 p.m. game in College Place.

EWU 82, WWU 44

WALLA WALLA (44) — Sparavalo 2-9 1-2 5, Marshall 1-3 1-3 3, Burke 0-2 1-2 1, Greenidge 2-7 0-0 6, L. Spady 0-2 0-0 0, Luckett 2-6 0-0 4, Nye 0-1 2-2 2, J. Spady 1-3 0-0 2, Hofmann 2-4 0-0 5, Torkelson 2-4 0-0 5, Woodworth 0-1 0-0 0, Bailey 4-11 1-2 11. Totals 15-53 5-8 44.

EASTERN WASHINGTON (82) — Jois 5-9 4-5 14, Seiferth 12-17 0-2 24, Harvey 5-10 0-0 15, Kelly 2-6 2-2 8, Brandon 1-5 1-2 3, Milikovic 2-6 0-0 5, Galgalo 1-1 0-0 3, Reuter 3-7 0-0 6, Moon 0-1 0-0 0, Von hofe 1-5 1-2 4. Totals 32-67 8-13 82.

Halftime — EWU 36, WWU 20l. 3-point goals — WWU 7-31 (Sparavalo 0-5, Marshall 1-3, Burke 0-2, Greenidge 2-5, L. Spady 0-2, Luckett 0-2, Nye 0-1, J. Spady 0-1, Hofmann 1-3, Torkelson 1-2, Bailey 2-5), EWU 10-26 (Harvey 5-10, Kelly 2-6, Milikovic 1-3, Galgalo 1-1, Reuter 0-2, Von hofe 1-4). Total fouls — EWU 14, WWU 7. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — EWU 46 (Seiferth 18), WWU 30 (Luckett 6). Turnovers — WWU 16, EWU 7. Assists — EWU 21 (Brandon 10), WWU 12 (Nye 4).

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