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December 12, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Huskies hoops links: Eastern Washington improves to best start in three decades

Eastern Washington's Venky Jois tries to contestt a shot from San Francisco's Kruize Pinkins during the Eagle's 81-76 win Thursday night. (Photo credit: University of San Francisco)

Eastern Washington’s Venky Jois tries to contest a shot from San Francisco’s Kruize Pinkins during the Eagle’s 81-76 win Thursday night. (Photo credit: University of San Francisco)

Eastern Washington began a four-game road trip with an 81-76 win over the Dons in San Francisco on Thursday night.

Four Eagles reached double figures, led by Ognjen Miljkovic, who scored 20 points. Tyler Harvey added 19 wile Kelly Parker and Venky Jois contributed 15.

EWU nailed 12-of-25 three-pointers, including four each by Miljkovic and Harvey while Jois added three of his own.

The Eagles improved to 8-1, which is their best start in in their 32-year history as a Division I program.

EWU will travel north for Sunday’s 5 p.m. game against the 17th-ranked Huskies (7-0) at Alaska Airlines Arena in a battle of two of the most surprising teams in the Northwest.

The Eagles are brimming with confidence after upsetting Indiana 88-86 on Nov. 24 in Bloomington, Ind., which snapped the Hoosiers’ 43-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents.

After the Washington game, the Eagles make a stop at Sam Houston State on Tuesday before finishing the trip Dec. 19 at California.

FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:

— ICYMI, former Washington forward Martin Breunig scored a personal best 30 best for Montana, which lost 110-99 to Davidson on Wednesday. The 6-8 junior connected on 10 of 13 field goals and converted on 10 of 11 free throws. He also had six rebounds in 28 minutes.

— Oregon (5-3) is looking to get physical during Saturday’s game at Illinois (7-2).

— And speaking of the Ducks, coach Dana Altman was a little upset with players Dwayne Benjamin and Jordan Bell held their hands up during the national anthem preceding Sunday’s game against Mississippi. According to the Oregonian: “(They) held their hands up above their waists throughout the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner and then appeared to frisk each other as the team’s starting lineup was announced. The actions appeared to be linked to recent federal grand jury decisions to not indict police officers who had slain two African-American men, Michael Brown in Ferguson, and Eric Garner in New York.” Altman told the Oregonian: “I think every player has a right to express their opinion, however I didn’t think that was the time and place for it. On their own as individuals, they have that right. As part of our basketball team, when you put the Oregon jersey on, it’s a little different. So, I think there’s a time and place for everything. I don’t think that was the appropriate time.”

— No. 13 Utah (7-1) has wins over ranked Wichita State and in-state rival BYU, up next: No. 10 Kansas (7-1) on Saturday in Kansas City. A win for the Utes would  legitimize the early hype surrounding the program.

— It’s loosely related to Washington and the Pac-12, but interesting to note Michigan’s current troubles. The Wolverines lost to New Jersey Institute of Technology and Eastern Michigan in 72 hours prompting discussions about what’s wrong with Michigan? Well for starters, the Wolverines lost Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary to the NBA the past two years. That’s a lot of talent walking out the door. Only a handful of teams (Kentucky, Duke and Kansas) could lose similar talent and not decline significantly.

— Former Washington standout C.J. Wilcox, who made his NBA debut last week with the Los Angles Clippers, is relishing a limited rookie role.

 

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