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EWU men seek success at home

Cheney Free Press of Cheney, Washington

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Eastern men fall in both games of Montana trip


Home court has been a kind place for the Eastern Washington men's basketball team and the Eagles need to make the best of their weekend after another disaster of a road trip last week.

This week at Reese Court the Eagles put their perfect home record on the line tonight, Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:05 p.m. versus Portland State and Saturday at 12:05 p.m. versus Sacramento State.

"We need to go now and protect our home court - we are the only remaining undefeated league team at home," Eastern head coach Jim Hayford said. "We want to finish the first half of the league season with a winning record, but that's easier said than done."

The Eagles are 9-10 overall and 3-4 in the Big Sky Conference following road losses at Montana State (85-71) and Montana (74-69). The next two weeks will be extremely important toward EWU's goals of finishing the season with a winning record and, perhaps more importantly, earning one of four first-round byes in the Big Sky Conference Tournament March 8-12 in Reno.

Saturday's game is a "Red Out Reese" Day, featuring 1,500 shirts given out to fans courtesy of Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Saturday is also EWU Alumni Day, with face painting, EWU tattoos and sign-making station available for children. Also, the EWU coaching staff will participate in the Coaches vs. Cancer "Suits & Sneakers" nation-wide promotion.

The Eagles are 6-0 at home thus far, including a convincing 3-0 mark in Big Sky play.

"In these next four games it is time for our team to make or break our season in terms of having a winning record next to our name and go into the Big Sky Tournament as one of the top four teams," Hayford said.

Portland State is coming off an 81-63 victory over Sacramento State last Saturday, improving to 7-10 overall and 3-3 in the league. The Hornets are now 8-9 overall and 1-5 in the conference after entering league play with the Big Sky's top non-conference record at 7-4.

Eastern returns to the road to begin the second half of the league season on Feb. 4 when the Eagles play at Northern Arizona, followed by a game two nights later at Southern Utah.

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Original Publication Date: January 28, 2016

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