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EWU coach: UW could make Final Four

A quick review of Washington's 98-72 win over Eastern Washington on Tuesday at Hec Ed (with special note of the quote below):

Star of the game: Senior guard Venoy Overton came off the bench in the first half and earned a starting spot in the second. Over his 25 minutes, he provided nine points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals.

Key stats: Washington hit 13 3-pointers, going eight-of-14 (57.1 percent) in the second half. Abdul Gaddy hit three of four treys. ... EWU outrebounded UW, 40-35. ... Overton and Gaddy combined for 12 assists and two turnovers.

Observations: Overton took a hard fall in the second half. He remained in the game and said afterward that he was OK. But he was limping noticably as he left the building. ... Coach Lorenzo Romar seemed to think UW handled the 2-3 zone pretty well, other than missing some open shots early. In any case, he seemed grateful to get his team some early-season work against a zone. ... There are two Puget Sounders on the EWU roster. Glen Dean of Roosevelt High in Seattle didn't play due to injury. Jeffrey Forbes, a sophomore out of Federal Way High, had 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting, three rebounds and one assist.

Quotable: "They should have legitimate hopes of playing in the Final Four. Their guard play is that good. Overton is such a good on-ball defender. (Matthew Bryan-)Amaning is playing really well in the middle, as well; and if their big boy (7-foot Aziz N'Diaye) can keep coming along, then they will be a very good team. Washington is a team that will continue to get better, and they should have legitimate hopes of making the Final Four." -- EWU coach Kirk Earlywine.

Next: 9 p.m. Monday, Virginia, first round of Maui Invitational.