Eastern Washington started its season with a 90-75 loss to Gonzaga, and Friday night they lost 90-83 to Washington.
With the Huskies just two weeks away from their Dec. 9 game at Gonzaga, we asked EWU star Rodney Stucky what he thought of the match.
"GU’s a really good team,” he said. “They play hard. I think UW, they come out and give a little more pressure on the ball. GU’s going to be tough. They handed it to us. But I think we were ready to play this game. GU was the first game of the season.
Stuckey was held without a point for almost a nine-minute stretch of the final 10 minutes, and Eastern couldn’t survive that. He ended the night with a game-high 31, but Justin Demton had a big second half and ended with a big 23.
Some post-game notes:
UW guard Joel Smith, who was tentatively set to return from a stress fracture of his foot, reaggravated the injury in practice and could miss another four to seven weeks. However, Romar said Smith is not a candidate to redshirt.
UW sophomore guard Justin Dentmon scored a career-high 23 points.
The Huskies have trailed most of the half. They’ve been down by as much as 11, and were down by six in the final minute of the half. Then Adrian Oliver made a steal and got the ball out to Justin Dentmon, who finished the break and got the crowd into it. Then EWU’s Rodney Stuckey missed a jumper, Oliver rebounded took the ball across half court and fired a 40-footer that drew nothing but net. That REALLY got the crowd in.
As for Stuckey, he’s everything he has been billed and more. 21 points in about 17 minutes.
For anyone who read my story in this morning’s paper, well, nevermind.
As it turned out, Joel Smith re-injured his foot in practice and won’t play tonight and in fact might not play about another few weeks. We’ll likely get more information from coach Lorenzo Romar after the Eastern game tonight.
Speaking of that, a few Eastern Washington notes:
Six Eagles played their high school ball in the Puget Sound area: Stuckey, Kentwood; Jake Beitinger, South Kitsap; Marcus Hinton, Wilson; Brandon Moore, Bethel; Chris Spinker, Curtis; and Kellen Williams, Franklin. … Big Sky Conference coaches pick EWU
And because it’s Thanksgiving, my weekly discussion of UW athletics will be pushed back a day. That means we’ll be on at 2:35 p.m. Friday, talking Husky football and men’s basketball with Dave Grosby on KJR, 950-AM.