Seattle (2-3) at Eastern Washington (2-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, December 10, 9:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reese Court (6,000) -- Cheney, Washington. Television: None. Home Record: Seattle 2-1, EWU 1-1. Away Record: Seattle 0-2, EWU 0-4. Neutral Record: Seattle 0-0, EWU 1-1 Conference Record: Seattle 0-0, EWU 0-0. Series Record: EWU leads, 10-7.
GAMES NOTES: An Evergreen State showdown is on tap for Monday night, as the Seattle Redhawks visit the Eastern Washington Eagles in non-conference action.
For the second consecutive game, Seattle found itself on the short end of another decision, this time in an 87-64 final against Boise State last Sunday. The loss dropped the Redhawks below .500 for the first time this season. Seattle has only played two of its five games on the road, but has been defeated each time. A five-game homestand awaits Seattle following this contest.
The Eagles suffered a heartbreaking setback to Idaho in their most recent outing. Eastern Washington led by as many as 17 points in the second half, but eventually gave up the game, 81-79, in overtime. The setback came after the Eagles had won two of their three previous contests. It was also the second game of a three-game homestand for EWU. The Eagles take to the road to face UC Davis next.
In 17 previous meetings between these two, Eastern Washington has come out on top 10 times. However, Seattle has won each of the last two, including a 91-78 verdict on its home floor last season.
Seattle allowed Boise State to go an 18-4 run to open the game, and the Redhawks never got within single digits the rest of the way. Seattle shot just 40 percent from the field, and was thoroughly outclassed from beyond the arc. The Broncos nailed 15 3-pointers to just four for the Redhawks. Seattle was also on the short end of a 44-27 margin in rebounding, and had 21 turnovers. Clarence Trent led the Redhawks with 12 points and nine rebounds.
On the season, Seattle is being outscored by exactly 10 points per game. The Redhawks put up just 61.8 ppg and shoot a paltry 36.8 percent from the floor. At the other end, Seattle allows 71.8 ppg on 42.5 percent shooting. For the most part, Seattle has been a rather strong team on the boards, laying claim to a +5.8 edge rebounding margin. The team gets the bulk of its scoring production from the frontcourt, as Clarence Trent (11.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg) and Deshaun Sunderhaus (11.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg) are the only two players scoring in double figures at the moment, and they are the top two rebounders as well. Prince Obasi (9.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg) could be scoring at a higher rate, but he has struggled to consistently hit his shots (.395). No other player on the team is averaging more than six points per game.
When Martin Seiferth put the Eagles ahead 50-33 with a little more than 15 minutes remaining, it looked as if Eastern Washington would easily defeat Idaho. However, the Vandals went on a 21-5 run to take a 56-55 lead with 7:29 left. Justin Crosgile's 3-pointer with 1:32 tied the game and was the last points of regulation. EWU hit just 3-of-7 shots in the extra session and a last-second 3-point attempt from Crosgile was off the mark. Crosgile finished the game with 26 points, 24 of which came from beyond the arc.
Eastern Washington hasn't struggled to score this season despite shooting just 40.2 percent from the field. The Eagles net 75.5 ppg because of their ability to hit shots from beyond the arc. The club has made the ninth most 3-pointers (82) in the country to this point, and has tossed up the sixth most attempts (228). EWU's defensive efforts have been off the mark though, with the team surrendering 83.8 ppg on 47.5 percent field goal efficiency. Crosgile (15.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 6.1 apg) has been a jack-of-all-trades for the Eagles, as the junior guard gets the bulk of his scoring from 3-point range as he has attempted at least eight shots from long distance in six games this season. Venky Jois (13.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg) and Martin Seiferth (9.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg) provide added production on the interior.
With its reliance on the long-range shot, EWU is a team that can either put up huge point totals, or run through long cold streaks. At home against a weak defensive squad like Seattle, expect the Eagles to enjoy the former.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Eastern Washington 77, Seattle 71
12/10 10:35:56 ET