Montana (6-5) at Eastern Washington (5-8)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 9, 9:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reese Court (6,000) -- Cheney, Washington. Television:
None. Home Record: Montana 4-2, EWU 3-1. Away Record: Montana 2-3, EWU 0-7.
Neutral Record: Montana 0-0, EWU 2-0. Conference Record: Montana 1-1, EWU 0-2.
Series Record: Montana leads, 63-38.
GAME NOTES: Losers of six in a row, the Eastern Washington Eagles try to break
back into the win column on Thursday as they host the Montana Grizzlies in Big
Sky Conference action on Reese Court.
For a team that began the 2013-14 campaign with five wins in seven attempts,
the Eagles have quickly headed south and haven't come out on the winning side
since posting an 82-75 decision versus Seattle on Nov. 29. The team's most
recent outing took place on Saturday, an 83-72 setback versus Idaho State on
As for the Grizzlies, they started out poorly this season with four defeats in
five outings, but have since turned it around. The team managed to knock off
Sacramento State over the weekend in an 82-70 final which means it has won
five of the last six contests to move over the .500 mark on the campaign.
Montana has won 12 of the last 14 meetings with the Eagles and now owns a
63-38 advantage in the all-time series.
Jordan Gregory scored a game-high 20 points, converting all six of his
attempts at the free-throw line, during Montana's victory over Sacramento
State on Saturday at Dahlberg Arena in Missoula. Keron DeShields accounted for
17 points, Kareem Jamar 14 to go along with his six assists, followed by Chris
Kemp who tacked on 10 points and seven rebounds in a reserve role for a team
that shot an impressive 58.0 percent from the field, but at the same time
allowed the Hornets to make good on 50 percent of their field goal chances as
Jamar, who is playing more than 36 minutes per game, is one of those rare
players who leads his team in scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounding (6.2 rpg) and
assists (56) at the moment. A starter in all 11 games for Montana, Jamar is
shooting 51.1 percent from the floor. Gregory and DeShields are also putting
up double-digit scoring efforts at the moment with 13.7 and 12.2 ppg,
Eastern Washington fell behind by 17 points against Idaho State the last time
out and while the Eagles were able to whittle that deficit down to just six
points in the second half, eventually the team was taken down by double digits
at Holt Arena. Four starters scored in double figures for the visitors, led by
Tyler Harvey with 19 points on a mere 6-of-20 shooting from the field. Parker
Kelly and Drew Brandon accounted for 16 and 14 points, respectively, while
Venky Jois responded with a double-double consisting of 15 points and 10
rebounds in the loss.
One of the top scorers in the conference, Harvey is responsible for 20.1 ppg,
having made good on an impressive 44.9 percent of his 3-point attempts on the
campaign. Jois is someone who has the potential to produce a double-double
each and every time out, posting 12.8 ppg and a team-best 8.1 rpg, although
his effort at the charity stripe (.508) is actually worse than his accuracy
from the floor overall (.519). Brandon (11.4 ppg) and Kelly (10.5 ppg) are
also key figures in the team's offense which is putting up 74.7 ppg.
Eastern Washington's defense has certainly seen better days, allowing 75.5
ppg, and with the squad knocking down only 65.5 percent at the free-throw
line, that opens the door for an opponent like Montana to steal a win in
Cheney this evening.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Montana 83, Eastern Washington 75
01/09 10:34:09 ET
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