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Eagles fall on the road to Huskies

SEATTLE, Wash. –

In a game which featured rosters dotted with talent from the state of Washington, the University of Washington Huskies used a fast start and hot shooting to upend Eastern Washington University 83-59 Tuesday (Nov. 27) in a non-conference men’s basketball game at Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Wash.
 
Both teams sank 12 3-pointers, but it was Washington’s early 24-6 lead and 26-4 advantage in points in the paint that led to the fifth victory in seven tries for EWU. The Eagles, who were led by the 15 points of Jesse Hunt, fell to 1-4 with the loss.
 
“We didn’t stop fighting no matter what the score was which is a positive,” said Eastern head coach Shantay Legans. “Jesse Hunt is playing out of his mind and playing great basketball right now.”
 
Eastern held UW leading scorer Jaylen Nowell to just eight points, but Dominic Green hit 7-of-10 3-pointers to lead the Huskies with a career-high 25 points. Green is a senior from Renton, Wash., and Nowell is out of Seattle’s Garfield High School, while five other Huskies are from the state. Eastern has nine players on its roster from Washington. Senior Ty Gibson (Issaquah), junior Tyler Kidd (O’Dea/Skagit Valley CC) and true freshman Elijah Jackson (Chief Sealth) are Eagles from high schools in the Seattle area who have played this season.
 
“Our guys in the locker room want to play against Washington and Stanford and whoever we can possibly play,” said Legans. “It’s a great experience for the team and we get our university on television. We have to make it look a little better, but at the same time we are out there and competing.”
 
Eastern, which hadn’t played since Nov. 17 when it beat UMKC (Missouri-Kansas City) 87-80 in Cheney, used an 11-0 run with two 3-pointers by Cody Benzel and another by Jacob Davison to cut the lead to seven in the first half and 35-25 at halftime. But Washington went on a 12-0 run in the second half to put the Huskies up by 24 and put the game away. Washington led by as many as 27 late in the game and had a 26-2 advantage in fast-break points.
 
The Eagles played the Huskies in the first of five-straight road games for EWU. The Eagles return to Seattle in four days to face the Jim Hayford-coached Seattle Redhawks is another annual clash, followed by games at North Dakota State, San Francisco and Stanford before returning home to face South Dakota State on Dec. 18.
 
Eastern has played Washington 16 times – second only to Washington State (66 meetings) among Pac-12 foes. The Eagles suffered narrow losses the last two times they’ve played by a 79-69 score last year and 81-77 in 2014, and are 1-15 overall versus UW.

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