Eagles beat Seattle University 76-70 in Wednesday matinee

Von Hofe scores 25 points on 7 of 12 shooting from beyond the arc to lead Eagles.

By Brandon Cline, Sports Editor

In the first of two matchups with Seattle University this season, the Eagles made 15 of 34 three-pointers en route to a 76-70 win over the Redhawks at Reese Court on Nov. 18.

It was an efficient day from forward Felix Von Hofe, who was 7 of 12 from the perimeter and finished the game with 25 points, leading all scorers on the afternoon. Von Hofe stuffed the stat sheet, chipping in three rebounds, four assists, one block and a steal.

“I don’t know if it’s special; it’s what I expect him to do,” said head coach Jim Hayford on Von Hofe’s shooting performance. “If the team will give him 12 good looks, he’s going to make them.”

Von Hofe gave credit to forward Venky Jois, who finished the game with a game-high five assists, with most of those assists coming in the low post. “The confidence stems from the work of Venky down low,” said Von Hofe. “I think Venky’s play today was absolutely selfless.”

Although dwarfed by a pair of seven-footers from the Redhawks, the Eagles were out-rebounded by just one, 30-29. The Eagles grabbed nine offensive rebounds in the game, converting them into 16 second-chance points, with the Redhawks finishing with eight second-chance points on six offensive rebounds.

The Eagles were up by 15 points with around four minutes left in the game, but it took the Redhawks less than a minute to cut the lead to just two possessions, sinking three straight three-pointers.

The game came down to converting free throws, with the Eagles making six of eight attempts down the stretch, enough to hold Seattle University at bay. Point guard Austin McBroom converted all four of his attempts in the final minutes, playing all 40 minutes and scoring 16 points in the game.

The game was postponed a day until Nov. 18 after high winds forced power outages across Washington and the Inland Northwest. Eastern Washington University cancelled classes for the day, but the schools opted to play the game and offered free admission.

“With all the adversity around this game, it was good to get it in and good to get a win. When you get a win you are grateful and accept it,” said Hayford. “The team that was up 15 with about five minutes to go was the team I see when I look at my team. The way we played in the last four minutes I was a little disappointed with.”

The Eagles move to 2-1 on the season, with their next game scheduled for Nov. 23 at Key Arena in Seattle against these same Redhawks. “They are 0-3 now, so I’m sure we are going to get a really, really good punch from them,” said Hayford.