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Thursday, December 18, 2008 Free Press Section 3 Page 5 iii I Earlywine not at all pleased with effort, hopes his old Eagles return for next games against Missouri-Kansas City, Evergreen By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Carroll College. "We gave away possessions on both The warmth of Hawaii was hardly paradise ends of the court," Earlywine said. "We turned it for the Eastern Washington University Eagles last over, we took bad shots, we didn't block-out and weekend. So now they'll try to get hot again in play we gave up layups." "In some ways it looked like we were playing back in the frigid Northwest with a pair of home games sandwiched around a trip to Seattle to face against Carroll all over again in the first game of the ear" the University of Washington. y , Earlywine said a few minutes after the Hawaii Eastern plays three games in a five-day span this loss, "We were out-competed and out-rebounded week to end its pre-Christmas schedule with home just like in that game. It looked like our first game, and in some ways it was." game tonight, Thursday, Dec. 18 against Missouri Against Hawaii, Earlywine and the Eagles Kansas City and then versus Evergreen State on Monday, Dec. 22. Both games begin at 7:05 at Reese watched the Rainbow Warriors' Roderick Flemings Court. The Eagles and Huskies tangle in a game tele- score 37 points on 16-of-23 shooting after entering vised live regionally on Fox Sports Net on Saturday, the game leading Hawaii in scoring with a 17.0 Dec. 20, also at 7:05 p.m. average. "Obviously, he had a good game," Earlywine said "We were out-competed and out- of the performance by Flemings that also included four assists and five rebounds. "I'm sure Flemings rebounded just like in that game. It is feeling really good about himself, but nobody in looked like our first game, and in a red uniform put up much of a fight." some ways it was." Eastern head cqach Kirk Eadywine E , . . astern s Benny Valentine, a 5-foot-7 pomt guard who entered the game leading the Big Sky Confer- ence with an average of 19.0 points per game, had Eastern Washington coach Kirk Earlywine works to his first career double-double with 14 points, 12 75-55 non-conference loss at Hawaii. Eastern tries Eastern is coming off a 75-55 loss at Hawaii last rebounds and five assists. But his teammates had Saturday that left head coach Kirk Earlywine won- only 11 rebounds as the Eagles were out-rebounded assist in 11 minutes. They combined to make just dering what happened to the team that started 6-2, 34-23 in the game. 1-of-7 shots. including a victory in its Big Sky Conference opener Hawaii's starting front line combined for 57 "Neither one of them played well, but I almost ex- just a week earlier, points and 14 rebounds in the win. Eastern's start- pected that," Earlywine said of the added dynamic of It is critical that the Eagles rebound in these final ing front linehad just 20 points and six boards."The inserting two new players into the lineup eight games games before the Christmas break because some- game was all about our lack of physical effort," into the season. "Adris and Chris each missed some times trips to the Islands tend to pose problems as Earlywine said of his team's performance against shots, but I can live with that. But who is playing and far as Earlywine is concerned, the Rainbow Warriors, who had lost at Illinois 68- how many minutes you are playing shouldn't have "In my experiences with teams that go to Hawaii, 58 five days earlier, anything to do with physical effort." The game in Hawaii marked the season debutsThursday, Eastern will take on a UMKC squad the the first game back is always very difficult," Early- wine said. "We need to try to re-capture some of the for returning starter Adris DeLeon and junior col- Eagles defeated 65-54 on Dec 3, 2007, a victory that momentum we had before we left for Hawaii." lege transfer Chris Busch, a pair of projected start- represented one of three road victories the Eagles had The team's performance against Hawaii was soers who missed the first eight games of the season, the entire season. The Kangaroos are 4-7 this season disappointing that it left Earlywine feeling like he Both were officially cleared to play on Dec. 12 after and are coming off a 52-47 loss at Loyola of Chicago. did back on Nov. I when the Eagles opened the sea- final exams were completed and grades submit- They play at Northwestern on Monday (Dec. 15) son with a 58-56 exhibition loss to NAIA opponent ted. DeLeon had three points and a pair of assists before taking on the Eagles. Six-foot-4 guard Dane in 12 minutes and Busch had three points and an Brumagin leads the Kangaroos with averages of 17.5 Photo by Jay Metzger/University of Hawaii Athletics get a point across during a time out in last Saturday's to regain some magic in an upcoming home stand. points and nearly two steals per game, and 6-0 guard Reggie Hamilton averages 16.5 points and 4.7 assists per outing. Washington, meanwhile, is a Pac-10 Conference foe off to a 6-3 start as well. Powerful 6-7 forward Jon Brockman is averaging a team-high 16.8 points and11. 4 rebounds per game, but he ha~t a sprained ankle and did not play in last Sunday's 84-83 loss to preseason Big Sky Conference favorite Portland State. In last year's 82-62 Husky win over the Eagles, Brockman made 13-of-19 shots from the floor to finish with 26 points and eight rebounds. Next Monday's opponent, EvergreenState, is 6-2 on the season heading into home games against Southern Oregon (Dec. 19) and Oregon Tech (Dec. 20). Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@chene!~eepress. com rn women fall to Pacific, off to California before Christmas Eagles take on Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge before i holiday break , . By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The week began with one of their better performances of the season, and it ended with one that Eastern Washington University women's head basketball coachMustangs at2 p.m. this Saturday, Wendy Schuller would like to Dec. 20, and the Matadors at 5 forget, p.m. two days later. So now the Eagles try to bal-In last week's games, East- ance the good and the bad as they ern (4-6) played well in a 63-58 head to California for a pair of win over Pacific last Saturday games~*_hat will wr~.~Uptlle pre- before getting too far behind in Christmas portion of the season, the first half in a 73-66 loss to the Eastern will play the Uni- University of Portland this past versity of California San Luis Monday. Obisbo - otherwise known as Cal"It was a really good win for Poly - and Cal State Northridge us; Pacific is a solid basketball before taking a short break for team," Schuller said of the first the holidays. The Eagles play the game. "We did a nice job, espe- Former Eagle Roos named to Pro Bowl team Past Eastern All-American is the first-ever Eagle NFL All-Star Former Eastern Washington none have ever been invited to the is part of an offensive line that University offensive tackle Mi- Pro Bowl. However, Kurt Schulz has allowed an NFL-low eight chael Roos and five of his Ten- (Buffalo Bills)was an alternate in sacks in 2008. He has played a nessee Titans teammates were re- 2001 and both he and Ed Simmons key role in opening holes for the warded for owning the NFL's best (Washington Redskins) earnedleague's fifth-ranked rushing record at 12-2 by being named all-division accolades during attack that features Pro Bowler Tuesday (Dec. 16) to the 2009 Pro their 10- and 11-yearNFLcareers, Chris Johnson (1,159 yards, 8 Bowl. The game will be played respectively. TDs) and LenDale White (700 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Roos has started every game yards), who is tied for second Hawaii, on Sunday, Feb. 8 and in four seasons as a Titan after in the league with 14 rushing televised by NBC. earning NCAA Football Champi- touchdowns. A reserve who is the first-ever onship Subdivision All-AmericaRoos, a second-round pick Eastern player to be selected to honors and Lineman of the Year out of Eastern Washington in play in the game, Roos will be accolades as an Eagle senior in 2005, has started 62 consecutive making his first Pro Bowl appear- 2004. Recently, Paul Zimmerman regular season games at tackle for ance after giving up only one sack from Sports Illustrated selected the Titans. He played a key role all season. Roos to his mid-season All-Pro in Tennessee's franchise-record Among the many former Ea- team. 332 rushing yards in Week 7 at gles who have played in the NFL, The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Roos Kansas City. cially early in the game, getting Portland (4-6) built its lead after loose balls and making back up to 11 with 3:29 left at plays." 65-54. The Eagles had one more In the win over the Tigersrally in them to cut it to just from Stockton, calif., the Eagles three at 67-64 with 45 seconds rode 54.5 percent shooting (24- left with a Scott 3-pointer. of-44), including a perfect 6-of-6 Eastern could get no closer performance from Nicole Scott down the stretch, as Portland and her 14 points to the win. Two converted all four of its free other Eagles also had double- throws the rest of the way. digit point totals in the game, as Three Eagles contribut- Evans and Julie Piper contributed ed double-digit point totals 10 points apiece, against Portland, Evans (12), After Eastern took an early Tatjana Sparavalo (11) and 10.41ead to start the game, Pacific Scott (10). Evans also set the (3-5) rallied with its own 11-2 Eagle pace in both rebound- run to grab a 15-12 advantage, ing (8) and assists (5). Breauna Eagles entered the break with a Russell had four steals in the narrow 32-31 edge. A Kyla Evans' contesL 3-pointer with 10:53 to go put The Mustangs and Eagles Eastern into the lead 44-43 and have played just twice, with they never again trailed. Eastern winning at home on The exact opposite was true Dec. 19, 1999, by an 80-67 score against the Pilots of the West and falling 73-61 in San Luis Coast Conference. "I was disap- Obispo on Nov. 18, 2000. pointed in our first half effort," Cal State Northridge is off to the coach said. "We did not come a 1-8 start and will play twice out and play with the intensity this weekend at the UNLV Hol- we need to. I am glad the players iday Tournament, taking on the kept fighting and were resilient hosts on Friday (Dec. 19) before (in the second half), but we can- playing either Oklahoma State not put ourselves into a position or Southern Miss the next day. like we did." The Matadors lead the head- After trailing 44-28 just 36 to,head history with EWU, 9-3. seconds into the second half, Eastern claimed the last meet- the Eagles went on a 21-6 run to ing at home on Nov. 30, 2005, close to within a single tally at by a 69-61 score. 50-49 on a Pauline Ferrall jumper Paul Delaney can be reached at with 9:52 to play. Got a sports story idea? A team or person you want recognized? Call us at 235-6184. SATELLITE TV w/4 ROOMS Standard Professional TIME IS RUNNING OUT. By February 17.2009, you MUST CONVERT to an ALL-DIGITAL SIGNAL! Get 100% Digital Programming ,0r loss than 66c,, 0., EVERYONE QUALIFIES w~ FREE FOR ALL Pdces, packages & programming su~ect to change w/o notice. Ends1/31/09. 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