Eagles Battle Coyotes to Bitter End in Two-Point Road Loss
VERMILLION, S.D. — The Eastern Washington University men’s basketball team couldn’t quite get over the hump, and ended up falling 75-73 to South Dakota from the Summit League on Sunday (Dec. 10) in Vermillion, S.D.
After rallying from a 13-point deficit in the first half, the Eagles forced a pair of ties in the second half and pulled within two with 2:50 to play. But Matt Mooney scored all nine of USD’s points after that, including a dagger with 1:32 to play on a 3-point basket.
On a night in which the Eagles sank a season-high 46 percent of their shots from the field, true freshman Jack Perry hit a pair of 3-pointers for Eastern in the last two minutes. But an Eagle miss with 16 seconds left stalled out the upset attempt.
Three Eagles scored in double figures, led by a career-high 19-point effort by sophomore Mason Peatling . Eastern lost for the fourth-straight game, and hasn’t had a lead in any of them.
The loss dropped EWU to 3-7 on the season, while USD improved to 9-3. The Coyotes entered the game 82nd in the ratings percentage index (RPI), while Eastern was 190th. The Eagles next play Tuesday (Dec. 12) at Wyoming, which is 7-3 and No. 57 in the RPI.