Davison scores 31, but Eastern falls to Southern Utah
CHENEY, Wash. — Lots of lead changes, lots of ties, lots of 3-pointers and lots of Jacob Davison, Kim Aiken Jr. and Tanner Groves. But two Southern Utah scoring runs were the difference in the game as the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team fell to SUU 99-94 Saturday (Jan. 16) in a Big Sky Conference game at Reese Court. It was EWU’s first league loss in three tries this season, while the Thunderbirds improved to 5-1 and 10-2 overall.
The Eagles scored a season-high 94 points, but the 99 they surrendered were also a high. The Thunderbirds sank 56 percent of their shots from the field, and had a 12-0 run to overcome a nine-point deficit. A late 6-0 run gave them an insurmountable nine-point advantage with 25 ticks of the clock left, and they secured it at the free throw line where they were an impressive 30-of-34 for the afternoon for 88 percent.
The game featured a total of 15 lead changes and 10 ties – both highs for the season for EWU. The Eagles led for 26:08 in the game compared to just 11:11 for SUU. Two days earlier in an 83-75 Eagle win, EWU led for 39:25 and the game was tied the other 35 seconds.
Eastern’s trio of Aiken Jr., Groves and Davison combined for 75 Eagle points, and EWU finished with a season-high 19 3-pointers – one from the school record. Davison led the way with 31 points and nine 3-pointers – one from the school record of 10 – and Aiken finished with 23 points and five treys. Aiken also had 12 rebounds to finish with the 17th double-double of his career – but his first this season. Groves scored 21 and sophomore Tyler Robertson chipped in 12 points.
“We can do that – we have great shooters all the way around,” said Eastern head coach Shantay Legans of his team’s 19-of-43 3-point shooting performance. “But we have to make sure our defensive play is better. I think we are a good defensive team, and we have to come back next week and focus on that side of the ball. I think we’ll be okay.”
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