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November 17, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Scouting report: Eastern Washington

Eastern forward Martin Seiferth (12) blocks in the Eagles’ 65-46 defeat against Montana on Feb. 2, 2013 in Cheney, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland – Spokesman Review)

Eastern forward Martin Seiferth (12) blocks in the Eagles’ 65-46 defeat against Montana on Feb. 2, 2013 in Cheney, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland – Spokesman Review)

Scouting report: Eastern Washington
Game info: 5 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity).

TV: Pac-12 Networks (Rich Waltz and Ernie Kent).
Radio: 950-AM KJR (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton).

Record: 1-0.
2012-13 record: 10-21 overall, 7-13 (ninth in Big Sky).

Stats/schedule: Click here.

Game notes: Eastern Washington.

Coach: Jim Hayford enters his third year with the Redhawks with a 26-38 record. The 45-year-old coach is 243-95 in 13 years as a college head coach, including a 215-57 stint at Whitworth University that included six appearances in the NCAA Division III Tournament. After guiding the Pirates to the Elite Eight in 20011, he took over at Eastern Washington. Despite a 15-17 record, his first season was considered a success because the Eagles made a five-game improvement and finished fourth in the conference.

Prediction: The Eagles were picked to finish fifth in the Big Sky in a preseason coaches poll. The media predicted a sixth-place finish for EWU.

Series: The Eagles are 1-11 all-time against Washington. Their only win was on Dec. 14, 2002, a 62-58 upset over a coach Lorenzo Romar-led team that finished 10-17. The Huskies have a seven-game winning streak against EWU.

Last meeting: Justin Holiday scored 18 points, Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Abdul Gaddy had 13 points to lead Washington to a 98-72 win on Nov. 16, 2010 at Hec Ed. The Huskies led 42-34 at halftime before starting the second half with a 20-5 run that put the game away.

Previous game: All five starters scored in double figures as Eastern Washington toppled Pacific (Ore.) 87-58 in its season opener.


Venky Jois, a 6-7 forward from Australia, won the Big Sky’s Freshman of the Year award last season. He averaged 12.3 points. His 9.0 rebounding average ranked 46th in NCAA Division. He also averaged 2.4 blocks, which ranked 33rd in the nation. Jois finished with 66 blocks last season, which is second on the team’s all-time single season list.

He shot 48.8 percent from the field, averaged 2.4 assists and led the team with 24 steals.

This season, Jois is doing a little bit of everything once again. In EWU’s season-opener, he tallied a 22 points and 11 rebounds – both game highs. He also had five assists, three blocks and three steals.

Martin Seiferth, a 6-10 transfer from Oregon, averaged 8.2 points and 6.3 rebounds (sixth in Big Sky) in his first year with the Eagles last season. He made 62.3 percent of his shots from the field, which was tops in the conference and ranks as the fourth-best single season performance in school history.

Seiferth had his biggest impact on the defensive end where he set a school record with 68 blocks.

Against Pacific (Ore.), Seiferth had three blocks and 10 points.

The German native played just one season (2010-11) at Oregon and appeared in just 12 games. He’s Eastern first transfer from a Pac-12 school in nine years.

— At his current pace, Parker Kelly, a 6-4 junior guard, will finish tied for first on Eastern Washington’s all-time three-point list. He’s made 92 so far. He’s ranked seventh in school history in career 3-point percentage (.419) and his 55 3-pointers in the 2012-13 season ranks 13th in school history.

Last week, he was 2 for 3 from downtown en route to 15 points.


— Eastern Washington set a school record with 176 blocked shots last season, which was three shy of the Big Sky record. The Eagels averaged 5.7 blocks per game, which ranked 12th in nation.

— Partly because of the blocked shots, Eastern held opponents to 43.0 percent shooting for the season – EWU’s best performance since becoming a NCAA Division I member in the 1983-84 season. The school’s 1,113 rebounds were also its most in 30 seasons as a DI member.

— Eastern used 14 different starting lineups last season, which partially explains their dismal record. The Eagles return four starters.

— Junior-college transfer Drew Brandon, the lone newcomer to the starting lineup against Pacific, was impressive in his Eagle debut. He finished with 14 points, six assists, six rebounds and five steals.

—Eastern is 12-77 against Pac-12 teams: 1-11 against Washington, 11-55 versus Washington State and an 0-11 record against other conference members.

— All 10 of EWU’s wins last season were against NCAA Division I foes, which exceeded EWU’s total in four of nine years since the 2004-05 season.

— The Eagles have made just one NCAA tournament appearance (2004).


F – Martin Seiferith, 6-10, 235, Jr., 10.0 ppg., 3.0 rbp., 75% FG
F– Venky Jois, 6-7, 230, So., 22.0, 11.0, 5.0 apg.
G – Parker Kelly, 6-4, 195, Jr., 15.0, 2.0, 3.0
G – Tyler Harvey, 6-4, 180, S0., 13.0, 3.0, 5.0
G – Drew Brandon, 6-4, 180, Jr., 14.0, 6.0, 6.0


— After last Thursday’s 86-72 defeat to UC Irvine, Washington must contend with another team that has an imposing front line. The Huskies had 13 shots blocked by the Anteaters. Eastern presents a similar challenge. The Huskies could counter with its small, four-guard lineup, but ultimately forwards Perris Blackwell and Shawn Kemp Jr. will have to lead the charge inside.

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