Eastern Washington (13-15) at Portland State (14-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 25th, 10:05 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Peter W. Stott Center (1,500) -- Portland, Oregon. Television: None. Home Record: EWU 7-4, PSU 7-3. Away Record: EWU 6-11, PSU 5-10. Neutral Record: EWU 0-0, PSU 2-0. Conference Record: EWU 7-7, PSU 8-6. Series Record: Portland State leads, 19-18.
GAME NOTES: With a spot in the Big Sky Conference Tournament now secured, the Eastern Washington Eagles can turn their attention to sizing up the Portland State Vikings on the road tonight at the Stott Center.
Eastern Washington is just 7-7 in conference play this season, but that's good enough to get the group into the postseason tournament. On Thursday night, the Eagles won for the second time in the last three outings with an 85-78 victory over Idaho State on the road.
As for the Vikings, they seem to have hit their stride in the last few weeks with four wins in five games, the lone loss coming out of conference last weekend against Idaho on the road. Two nights ago, the squad picked up a 94-88 win over Sacramento State, again on the road, in order to move to 8-6 in conference and third place in the league standings.
They needed overtime to do it, but in the first meeting of the season the Vikings captured a 78-76 win over EWU on the road. With the victory, PSU snapped a tie in the all-time series and now leads 19-18 over the Eagles.
One of four players to score in double figures for the Eagles last time out, Cliff Colimon turned in 21 points and pulled down six rebounds before picking up his fifth personal foul in the win over Idaho State. Parker Kelly tacked on 17 points, Laron Griffin 15 and seven boards and Jeffrey Forbes 13 points for the victors as they slipped by the Bengals even as the ly, the team as a whole i but at least they are giving themselves a fighting chance by holding the opposition to 61.8 ppg.
With their second-leading scorer, Walt Gibler, on the bench with a shoulder injury, the Ramblers simply don't have the leadership they need in order to get over on Milwaukee today, especially since a win doesn't change the postseason fortunes of the hosts at all anyway.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Milwaukee 68, Loyola-Chicago 53
02/25 10:38:41 ET