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EWU men seek first Big Sky road win

Cheney Free Press of Cheney, Washington

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Eastern Washington University men's basketball coach Jim Hayford joked after his team's home sweep that "I've let the assistants coach the road games all year and I'm going to start coaching them now."

But all kidding aside, the Eagles face a pair of important Big Sky Conference road tests this week at Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, as EWU looks for its first league road breakthrough of the season.

The Eagles play NAU in Flagstaff on Thursday (Feb. 4) at 5:35 p.m., and then travel to Cedar City, Utah, to face SUU on Saturday (Feb. 6) at 6:05 p.m.

Eastern improved their records to 11-10 overall and 5-4 in the Big Sky with a convincing 112-83 victory over Portland State on Jan. 28 and a 74-67 win over Sacramento State on Jan. 30 at Reese Court.

The PSU victory featured a school-record 20 3-pointers and 64 percent shooting overall, while double-doubles by Venky Jois and Bogdan Bliznyuk versus Sac State helped improve EWU's home record to a perfect 8-0. In conference play the Eagles are scoring an average of 92 points per game at Reese Court.

On the road EWU is winless in four league games, are 3-10 overall, and are shooting just 46 percent from the field and are averaging 73.4 points.

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Original Publication Date: February 4, 2016

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