Monday, December 10, 2012

Another Double-Double for Venky Jois, But EWU Loses

Suffice to say that the season has not gone exactly as Eastern Washington would have liked. The Eagles are now 2-7 after a 75-69 home loss to Seattle.

As is often the case when EWU loses, their problems came from shooting the basketball. They were just 6/27 from downtown, including 1/8 from reserve guard Parker Kelly. “I thought we executed well,” said Hayford. “I didn’t think any of the 21 misses from three were bad shots. We just have to make them.”

A birhgt spot, as has been the case often this year, was big man Venky Jois, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds. However, he also had 7 turnovers, and shot just 2/6 from the free throw line. Jois had been leading the conference in rebounding at 9.0 per game. Now, his average will jump to 9.3 per game. He is also in the top ten in scoring and field goal percentage.

Ultimately, EWU's style of play could cause them to win some games they should lose (if they are shooting well), and lose some games they probably should win (when they are shooting poorly). This was one of the former. They didn't play great defensively, but the reality is that if they make three more treys and shoot 33% from outside, they win.

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