The Eagles season starts tomorrow against Santa Clara

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The 2022-23 season begins Monday night (November 7) for men’s basketball in eastern Washington. Eastern will play Santa Clara on the street at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Eagle fans who are in Santa Clara or traveling for the game can get tickets for as little as $12 using promo code EWU22. Buy tickets for the game by clicking the link HERE. The game can be streamed live on WCCSports.com. Fans can also listen to the game live on 700-AM ESPN with Larry Weir on the phone.

A LOOK AT THE EAGLE
The Eagles are managed by the head coach sophomore, David Riley. The 11-year veteran of the program previously served as operations manager, assistant coach and assistant head coach since the 2011-12 season. He was officially unveiled as head coach on March 25, 2021. Riley and his staff embarked heavily on the recruiting path during the 2022 offseason, hiring nine freshmen with a wealth of diverse basketball experiences.


Six returnees are back from last season, when the Eagles finished 18-16 overall and finished fifth in the Big Sky Conference, 11-9. The Eagles won their first round matchup against Northern Arizona (78-75) in the Big Sky Tournament before narrowly losing to Northern Colorado 67-68 in the quarterfinals. Eastern then accepted an invitation to The Basketball Classic, marking the eighth national postseason tournament appearance in school history (at the Division I level). They fell in the first round 74-83 to the host Fresno State Bulldogs.



what’s back
Senior Angelo Allegrijuniors Ellis Magnuson and Imhotep GeorgeRed shirt sophomore Steele Venters and second graders Casey Jones and Ethan Price are all back with the Eagles for another year.


Venters played and started 33 games for the Eagles in 2021-22, averaging 16.7 points per game to lead the team. He was named second team All-Big Sky. The redshirt sophomore was selected to the pre-season All-Big Sky team two weeks ago.

Price was honored as the conference’s Freshman of the Year after starting in all 34 games and averaging 9.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

Allegri made an immediate impression in his first season at EWU after joining from UNC Greensboro, averaging 12.1 points per game and leading the team in total rebounds (226, 6.6 average).

George (2.4 rpg, 2.5 rpg), Jones (2.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg) and Magnuson (2.1 ppg, 2.5 apg) made important contributions off the bench and came into the 2021 season /22 to over 1,000 minutes of play.



New eags on the block
Of the nine newcomers, three are real freshmen. Welcome to the eagles Sebastian Anderson (Stockholm, Sweden / Korrespondensgymnasiet), Amarion Savage (Aurora, Ill./East Aurora HS/TLAP Sports Academy) and Le Juan Watts (Fresno, California / Bullard HS). Six transfers with plenty of collegiate experience also came to the Eagles and are looking to make an immediate impact.



Deon Stroud hails from Fresno, California, where he graduated from San Joaquin Memorial High School in 2019. He previously played at both Fresno State and UTEP. In his two seasons at Fresno State, he averaged 8.4 points per game with 139 rebounds, 40 assists and 38 steals. Stroud made 17 starts and played in 51 games for the Bulldogs. At UTEP, he averaged 4.3 points per game in 24 appearances as a freshman.



Tyreese Davis, a native of Kansas City, Missouri and a 2018 graduate of Grandview High School, joins the Eagles after three seasons at Jacksonville University. There he played in 82 games and made 80 starts, accumulating 802 career points. As a redshirt sophomore, Davis led the Dolphins to a 21-10 overall record and an 11-5 mark in ASUN play in 2021-22.



Ty Harper is from Norcross Ga. He graduated from Santa Clarita Christian High School (California) in 2021 and played for Louisiana Lafayette, where he averaged 5.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in his freshman season in college basketball scored Miscellaneous


Eagle transfers include Cedric Feigling (Fresno, California / Willamette University), Dane Erikstrup (Chandler, Ariz./Cal Poly Pomona) and Jordan Vening (Sumas, Washington / Western Colorado). Veening is returning to eastern Washington after moving to western Colorado for a season. He previously played in eight games for the Eagles in 2019-20 and 2020-21.



The 2022-23 campaign
With trips to Hawai’i, Florida and a game at Spokane Arena, the 2022-23 season is already one to remember for the Eastern Washington University head basketball coach David Riley and his squad. The schedule is highlighted by an early-season trip to Honolulu for the Rainbow Classic, where the Eagles will play in three games. Between that tournament and one at the Florida International over Thanksgiving, there is a game against Washington State at Spokane Arena. Overall, the Eagles play in four non-conference games within the friendly limits of Reese Court, as well as nine Big Sky Conference games. Eastern plays each Big Sky school twice, once at home and once away.


The Eagles were ranked fifth in the conference in both the coach and media polls. Big Sky’s defending champion Montana State was selected first in both. The 2022-23 Big Sky Championships will be held March 4-8 in Boise, Idaho.



Exploring the Broncos: Santa Clara had its best season in the Western Coastal Conference since 2006-07, when the team finished with a 10-5 record in the conference and 21-12 overall. The Broncos earned a spot in the NIT for the first time since 1996. The team finished third in the conference.


The main returnee for the Broncos is fifth-year Keshawn Justice. Last season, Justice was an All-WCC second-team selection and was named to the preseason All-Conference team. Justice averaged 13.0 points and 6.47 rebounds per game while shooting 42.4 percent from the floor.


Santa Clara brings five newcomers to its class of 2022, including Illinois transfer guard Brandin Podziemski.



Series history: Eastern Washington has a 2-5 record against Santa Clara in their past matchups. The two teams met in November 2012, with the Broncos defeating the Eagles 89-74.


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