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Page 4 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, January 22, 2015 rn men fall at S end Iosin By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The Hornet's Nest lived up to its name last Saturday for the Eastern Washington University men's basketball team. The cracker-box gym- nasium, home of the Sac- ramento State Hornets, was the site of the Eagles' first Big Sky Conference loss this season, 90-77. Eastern (4-1 Big Sky, 13-5 overall), however, earned a split in their first con- ference road trip of the season after taking a 92- 85 win at Portland State (3-3, 9-7). The loss ended EWU's five-game winning streak and created a logjam at the top of the league standings with four teams, includ- ing Northern Colorado and Montana having just one loss. Sacramento State (5-1, 11-6) broke a 41-41 tie at hall making 10 of their first 12 shots in the second half to open an 11-point lead: Although the Eagles pulled within four on a continued from page 1 was shooting it no mat- ter what." Defense turned things around for the Cardi- nals. "We decided to go full court (press) and see what happens," ML head coach Arnold Brown said. "I thought it wore them down a little." Meanwhile, back down in SoDo, Seattle's bend-but-not-break and Photo from Sac State Athletics Game action from last Saturday's Eastern Washington versus Sacramento State basketball game at the cozy Hornet's Nest where the Eagles lost 90-77. number of occasions after that, the Hornets made a blistering 73 percent of its shots in the second half and 63 percent for the game. "You know you are going to take everybody's best shot," EWU head coach Jim Hayford said. "Yes, they shot the ball well, but we should have given them more resis- tance." Eastern played the game without their sec- ond-leading scorer, Ven- ky Jois, who. suffered an ankle sprain at Portland State. But true freshman Bogdan Bliznyuk came off the bench to score a season-high 19 points and 10 rebounds for the first double-double in his Eastern career. Junior Tyler Harvey led Eastern with 21 points. Sacramento State's leading scorers Dylan Garrity (seven points) and Mikh McKinney (14) were "Anytime you can win in that fash- ion, that's worth three Spirit Games for us. For our guys they never gave up (and), kept believing." Medical Lake head coach Arnold Brown helmet and into the waiting arms of Chris Mathews, giving the ball to Seattle at the Green Bay 35. Four plays later and 44 seconds later, Marshawn Lynch an- likely exhausted defense gled towards the end kept Burnett's pick from "zone'from 24 yards out to give Seattle its first lead, 22-19, following the 2-point conversion with 1:25 to play. The 16-point come- back was the largest ever in a conference title game. The final few min- utes returned things to their usual jet engine roar at the Clink. Seattle's defense, which drove 'em down the stretch from a 3-3 start'to a 14-4 finish and a return to the Super Bowl, did what they needed to do - again -- holding the Packers to their fourth field goal doing any damage and stopped Green Bay on a three and out that sliced just 1:12 from the clock. Seven plays, 69 yards and 1:43 later that other jersey No. 3 stepped into the end zone untouched from a yard out, closing it to 19-14. Then came the man- datory onsides kick, a maneuver say the odds of success are somewhere between 10 and 20 percent. Steven Hauschka's pooch sailed high over the up men and boinked off Brandon Bostwick's with 1:11 left and sent the game into overtime tied 22-22. Their run of good luck continued as Mat- thews and his No. 13 jersey were part of Se- attle's win in the coin toss. Six plays later and 1:41 into OT, Wilson delivered the winner 35-yards to former UW Husky Jerome Kearse. It was the one pass intended for Kearse that did not end up in a Packer defender hands. The return trip to the Super Bowl is a special memory in itself for the Seahawks and their fol- lowers. But how they accomplished it, needing to have the embalming fluid sucked back out before they did, will make this season's NFC Championship even bet- held to a collective 21 points, but the rest of the team was 23 of 31 for 74 percent. Cody Demps led the Hornets with 22. Despite playing much of the first half without Jois, the Eagles led start to finish and notched their first win at the Stott Center since the Rodney Stuckey era with an 88-70 victory Jan. 13, 2007. The win ended a seven game losing streak at PSU. Harvey, after scor- ing just five points in the first half, exploded for 18 points in the second and led four Eagles in double figures with 23 points. Bliznyuk again helped make up for the absence of Jois with with a season- high 18 points. Senior Parker Kelly had six 3-pointers and a season-high 19 points. Ognjen "O.G." Miljkovic also helped fill in for the absence of Jois and added 14 points. "I'm really proud of our team-we got production up and down the lineup," Hayford said. "We re- ceived some great minutes again from Bogdan and O.G. had a tremendous rebounding night. Eastern returns home for three-straight games, Northern Colorado, Jan. 22 and North Dakota, Jan. 24 in the lone meetings against those teams this season. Eastern doses the home stand with a rematr_h versus Idaho on Jan. 31. With 12 teams and a limited time in which to conclude league play, each Big Sky team will face two conference teams this sea- son in either a home or road game. The Eagles travel to Southern Utah and Northern Arizona later in the season. P~I Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@~ss. com. women continued from page 1 On the flip side, se- nior Lexie Nelson, the Big Sky's third-leading scorer with 17.5 points ter than last year's nail- biter. "It was so much heart, so much belief today," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said on "Somehow, somehow we pulled it out." Funny how the feeling following that little old high school basketball game was similar. "Anytime you can win in that fashion, that's worth three Spirit Games for us," Brown said. "For our guys they never gave up (and), kept believ- ing." Indeed, while the stag- es were significantly dif- ferent the parallels were still striking. PauI Delaneycanbereached at pdelaney@cheney_freepress. com. per game, was held to just two points. Eastern shot 49.1 per- cent from the field and held Sac State to 37 per- cent. However, Sac State made nine 3-pointers while the Eagles scored just one - a Delaney Hodgins' shot - from long range. Whatever went side- ways Saturday was all right Thursday versus the Vikings (1-4, 3-13). Five Eagles scored in double figures as the Eastern Washington Uni- versity women's basket- ball team shot a school- record 68 percent from the field. The game turned in- side the first four min- utes when the Eagles led by just two points, 8-6, with 16:32 left in the first half. But they proceeded to score 33 of the next 38 points over an eight- minute stretch to take a 30-point lead and a 60-24 edge at halftime. Nelson led all scorers with 22 points. Hayley Hodgins finished with 20 points, while Williams added 15 more. Jade Red- mon and freshman Ki- ana Brown each had 10 points. Emily Easom led the Vikings with 18. "It was nice that we were scoring inside and out, and that we got our transition game going," Schuller said. "Overall, it was a good team effort." Eastern will hit the road for three straight Big Sky games, beginning Jan. 22, against Northern Colorado (2-3, 8-8). The trip continues at North Dakota (3-2, 11-6) Sat- urday, Jan. 24 and con- cludes with a contest Jan. 31 at the University of Idaho (2-3, 8-8). Paul Delaney can be reached at. pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. com. Got a story or feature idea? Contact John McCallum at jmac@cheneyfreepress. com or 235-6184. West Plains Christian Fellowship is a place where people are: Casual in appearance...Friendly in nature...Single-minded in devotion to God Join us this coming Sunday at 10 a.m 12902 W. 6th Ave., Four Lakes (Cheney SDA Building) Pastors Kelth & Gall Jensen 509-389-4843 PRAYER FOR SICK & HURTING EVERY SUNDAY . WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU JOIN US THIS SUNDAY