Justin Holiday leads all scorers with 18 points. Matthew Bryan-Amaning has game-high 10 rebounds. But Venoy Overton struck me as the player of the game with nine points, eight assists and five rebounds. (I'll get steal totals later, when I return with notes and quotes.)
Here was coach Lorenzo Romar's general overview:
"It was a great game for us to use as a springboard to go to Maui. They were more deliberate, Eastern Washington was, they were very organized offensively, they knew exactly what they wanted to do. … It was the kind of team where if we didn’t guard them they would have scored a lot more points.
"The one negative I would have with our team tonight, I think they outscrapped. Offensive rebounds and loose balls was what led to some easy field goals for them. On the other end, they zoned us almost the entire game, which was great, great practice for us to get some reps against a zone. When I look down at the stat sheet and see that we had 28 assists and only 10 turnovers and shot almost 49 percent, I thought we did a pretty good job against that zone. I thought our guys were patient and found the open areas and really did a good job against it."
Next up for UW, a trip to Hawaii, where they will meet Virginia on Monday in the Maui Invitational.2nd/2:20:
2nd/3:10: Overton sends a shiver through the crowd by staying down a while after a hard twisting fall. He's up now, but limping a bit.
Meanwhile, Brendon Sherrer has just checked in.
2nd/3:51: UW, 88-63. Fans headed to exits.
2nd/11:38: UW up, 69-48. Gaddy has nine points, hitting three of four treys. Meanwhile, Justin Holiday has matched his career high with 16 points.
The three guards, btw, Gaddy, Overton Thomas -- Nos. 0, 1 and 2 -- have nine points each.
2nd/15:48: UW up, 56-39 as Romar's lineup tweak drew the spark that had been missing through the first half.
2nd half: ... has begun. And with one lineup change: Venoy Overton in for Darnell Gant, as Huskies go with three guards.
(And it pays off quickly, as Huskies open with 7-0 run to take 49-34 lead.)
Halftime: UW up, 42-34.
Terrence Ross leads UW with nine points, MBA leads with six rebounds.
Junior forward Tremayne Johnson has game-high 10 points.
Eastern leading on the boards, 25-16.
1st: 1:46: Overton ignites UW with back to back steals, setting up layups. Finishes second himself after finishing first with over shoulder no-look pass to MBA. Huskies, 40-30, their first double-digit lead of the night.
1st/7:55 Nice run by Terrence Ross -- seven points on 3-of-5 shooting. UW up 26-21.
1st/11:40: UW moves ahead, 18-13, by shooting over the zone: Thomas, Overton, Gaddy and Wilcox all have threes. And with Overton in, pressure is forcing turnovers from EWU guards.
1st/14:59: Clunky start for UW as the Huskies are having trouble with EWU's zone. Eagles up early, 11-8.
Tip: We've just begun. Eagles in black (pretty cool unis, actually), Huskies in white.
Lineups: Huskies going with same lineup as in the opener: Gaddy, Thomas, MBA, Holiday and Gant.
Eastern is going with Cliff Colimon, Laron Griffin, Tremayne Johnson, Jeffrey Forbes and Cliff Ederaine.
Pregame: Hec Ed is quite a little less than two hours before the Huskies tip off against Eastern Washington. Reminder: That tip is set for 7:05 p.m., and the game will be shown on FSN and can be heard on 950-AM.
One game into the season, UW has some interesting stats leaders -- including two reserves: MBA is the top scorer with 28 points, Aziz N'Diaye is the rebound leader with 15, Venoy Overton is the assists leader with six. I asked Lorenzo Romar this week how surprised he would be if any of those guys stayed atop those statistical categories:
"I could see Aziz being up there one, two or three every game in rebounding," he said. "I could see Matthew up there one, two, three scoring. I could see Venoy up there. I think the scorers each game could change. But I think those guys, doing what they did, I could see them being near the top."