With a 2-7 start in Big Sky play, this was a game that Eastern Washington simply had to have. They delivered with a 76-65 win over Portland State, thanks in part to a huge game from freshman big man Venky Jois. Jois showed why he is the best freshman in the Big Sky, finishing with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 blocks. He was too much for the Vikings to handle in the second half.
EWU got a lot of other help as well. Parker Kelly had 17 points, shooting 5/8 from beyond the arc. Martin Seiferth had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Kevin Winford contributed 12 points, with Jeff Forbes still ailing a it. It was a great effort all around, as the Eagles shot 47% from the floor and turned it over just six times.
For PSU, they got another double-double from Aaron Moore, who had 20 points, 10 boards, and 4 blocks. He is a guy that deserves to be talked about as an all-conference type performer. Unfortunately, his frontcourt mate Renado Parker was not effective, shooting 1/9 from the floor. The Vikings as a team shot 39%.
Both teams move to 3-7 in Big Sky play... and the win means we can safely assume that after a half of Big Sky play, all 11 teams have a very legitimate chance to reaching the Big Sky tournament.
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