EWU men’s basketball makes history


Anna Mills

Junior guard Tyler Harvey going up against a defender

By Fetlew Gebreziabher, Online Sports Reporter

EWU men’s basketball is soaring high with their best start in 38 years.

Seven games into the season, the Eagles have started 5-0 at home and split a pair of games on the road with an overall record of 6-1.

During their hot streak, EWU snapped a 13 game losing streak to Big 10 teams after they defeated the University of Indiana on the road on Nov. 24, putting an end to the Hoosiers’ 43 non-conference, home game winning streak.

“It always feels good to make history, but what made it better is whom I could do it with. This team is special. We are a brotherhood,” said senior guard Drew Brandon.

During their current streak, head coach Jim Hayford earned his 300th career win as a coach in 16 seasons when the Eagles defeated Eastern Oregon University on Nov. 30, 104-87.

“I have been fortunate to coach really good players. Players win games, not coaches — coaches put players in a position to win games,” said Hayford. “It’s not about winning 300 games, but it’s more about making a great impact on good people. I am really enjoying coaching the players on my Eastern team as much as any team I have ever coached.”

The Eagles are averaging 85.3 points per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the field with an average margin of victory by 29.6 points per game at home.

Junior guard Tyler Harvey, who earned the first co-Big Sky Player of the Week award of the season, is leading the team in scoring with 21 points per game and shooting 52 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point line.

“Being 6-1 is great, but the test for our team is going to be five straight road games and finishing up final exams in the midst of all that,” said Hayford.

The Eagles will tip off again on Dec. 6 against Seattle University to begin their five game road trip, then return home Dec. 22 to play Lewis-Clark State College.