Eagles take NCAA-best winning streak on the road on Saturday
CHENEY, Washington— The Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team will bring its 14-game winning streak — the longest active streak in NCAA Division I — to Moscow on Saturday afternoon to take on the University of Idaho Vandals.
Saturday, February 11 (3:30 p.m.)
at Idaho Vandals
Radio: 700-AM ESPN & 105.3-FM in Spokane/Cheney
The Eagles (18-7 overall; 12-0 Big Sky) battle the Vandals (9-16; 3-9) in an attempt to complete the first head-to-head match between the two teams this year with a 95- 74-win to repeat in Cheney on Jan. 14. Five players scored double-digit points for EMU, led by Angelo Allegri with 18 on 8 of 11 shooting. Forward Casey Jones was just a point away from a double-double as he finished with 9 points and 10 rebounds and 3 assists. Cedric Feigling scored 13 points and 4 rebounds off the bench.
Divant’e Moffitt led the Vandals with 29 points in 9-of-16 shooting, while the Eagles held Isaac Jones — who ranks No. 2 in scoring and No. 5 in rebounds in the Big Sky — on 14 points and 7 rebounds .
The Eagles have won 4 of their last 5 and 7 of their last 9 against the Vandals.
Saturday’s game is the second half of a double-header in Moscow as the EWU women also take on Idaho at 1pm
last time out
Eastern continued its record-breaking conference start program with back-to-back wins at Sacramento State on February 2 (82-63) and at Portland State on Saturday (98-88).
It was a two-half story against the Hornets on Thursday, as the Eagles went 35-34 at the break before retiring in the second. Again, five players scored in double figures for EMU, led by Allegri at 18, Tyreese Davis at 15 and ethan price with 14. The team shot 31 to 48 overall from the field (64.6%), marking their best FG% of the season.
That FG% mark would last only through Saturday, when the Eagles clinically found the basket, shooting 66.7% (34 to 51) while amassing 50 points in the paint. Davis had a career night, scoring 27 points on 9-for-11 shooting and 7-for-9 from the free throw line, adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
Hunt for 1,000
Steele Venters is only 10 points away from 1,000 for his career. He would be the 24th player in EWU history to fully finish as an eagle. He ranks 7th in the conference in field goal percentage (46.6), 11th in points per game (15.2), and 6th in 3-point Points per game (2.12). Venters led the Eagles with 550 points (16.7 average) to finish 5th in Big Sky last season and earned second-team all-conference honors.
Conference history wanted
The Eagles’ 12-0 start to conference play is the best in program history and the best in the Big Sky Conference since Montana started 14-0 in 2011-12.
The Big Sky record for overall winning streak is 18, set by Weber State in 1979-80.
be recognized nationally
The Eagles now rank 23rd on collegeinsider.com Men’s Mid Major Top 25, voted on by head coaches from across the country.
head coach David Riley was also recognized as ESPN NCAA Men’s Basketball Coach of the Week.
Next home games
The Eagles’ next home games at Reese Court are Thursday, February 16 (6:00 p.m.) against Northern Arizona and Saturday, February 18 (2:00 p.m.) against Northern Colorado. Tickets for both games are available at goeags.com/tickets.