Boise State defeats Eastern Washington University - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Boise State defeats Eastern Washington University

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CHENEY, Wash. – The Boise State men's basketball team beat Eastern Washington University in Cheney with a final score of 82-69.   

Senior center Brandon Moore led the Eagles with 18 points and nine rebounds, but his 6-foot-9 counterpart from Boise State had an even bigger night. Boise State's Ike Okoye had 21 points, 17 rebounds, six blocks, three assists and two steals in helping BSU improve to 3-2.

Eastern, which was out-shot 59 percent to 26 percent in the first half, fell to 2-3. Eastern had won its last two games, including an impressive 72-68 road victory at Texas Arlington on Saturday, November 21st.

The Broncos had 16 fast-break points against the Eagles, but eight of those came during BSU's 10-0 start. Boise State eventually led by 14 at halftime, 44-30.

With Matthew Brunell (ankle) and Abebe Demissie (hamstring) sidelined with injuries, Eastern used just eight players for the third-straight game.

 "The No. 1 key to the game for us was conversion defense," explained Eagle head coach Kirk Earlywine. "There were a variety of factors -- it was our fifth game in 11 days, and because we're shorthanded, we couldn't work on conversion defense live in practice and couldn't go full speed. I can start making a list, but every team can.

"But you still have to play, and we didn't do it in the first five minutes of the game. The first five minutes of the game was the game."

Eastern cut the lead to one in the second half, but eight-straight Bronco points helped put the lead out of reach as they equaled their biggest lead of 14 twice.

Benny Valentine added 16 points and three assists for the Eagles, but he made just 5-of-15 shots from the field, including 3-of-10 from the three-point stripe. Fellow guard Glen Dean added 12 points, but he was just 3-of-14 from the field.

The Eagles made 34 percent of their shots, including only 6-of-20 treys for 30 percent. The Broncos made 53 percent of their shots and out-rebounded Eastern 45-36.

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