Eagles begin road trip in Berkley

The home week was good for the East Washington men’s basketball and the team will hit the streets with renewed energy. Eastern will play its next three games away, beginning with California on Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

The game will be streamed live on Pac-12.com and live stats can be viewed on CalBears.com. Listen to the game live with Larry Weir on 700-AM ESPN or on the Varsity Network app.

last time out
Eastern hosted North Dakota State in the team’s first game of the season at Reese Court, defeating the Bison 78-70. The Eagles went into halftime with a three-point lead that dropped a strong shooting half, but NDSU hung around. After Eastern took a 53-44 lead, the Bison blew up a 10-run to take an 8:39 lead. Steele Venters would give the lead back to the Eagles and the team made their free throws on the stretch to close NDSU. Eastern finished the game with a 51.6 shot percentage while the Bison had a 45.8 mark. The Eagles created 17 NDSU and scored 18 points from those errors.

Venters had one career game and scored 33 points on 73.6 percent shooting. It was Venter’s first 30-point game of his career and the first for Eastern since February 2022 Linton Acliese III scored 38 against Montana State. Venters overall is tied for the 50th most points for a single game in program history.

Cedric Feigling was a key player on the bench, scoring 12 points and grabbing seven rebounds, five of which landed on the offensive side of the court. Casey Jones led the team with eight rebounds and added five points.

A look at the eagles
Eastern Washington is 3-5 on the season, with a 0-3 mark on the road, 1-1 at home and 2-1 in games at neutral ground. The team has won two of the last three games. This season, Eastern is averaging 67.1 points per game while allowing 71.9. Overall, the team shoots 42.9 percent field goals. The Eagles distribute the ball well, averaging 13.9 assists per game, with 111 overall, ranking third in Big Sky. Complementing the effort, Eastern has the fourth-best assist-to-turnover ratio with a stat line of .97, ranking fourth among Big Sky programs. The Eagles have had 10 or fewer turnovers in three of their last four games.

Steele Venters has shrugged off its slow start to the season and has averaged 21.8 points over the last four games. Venters is ninth in Big Sky with an average of 14.9 points per game and fifth in shooting with a 45.0 percentage. The redshirt sophomore’s career high against NDSU was the second-highest point scored in the conference this season, behind only Jalen Cone of northern Arizona (38). Venters was 3-of-7 (42.9%) in three-pointers against the Bison and he’s making 2.3 three-pointers per game to earn fourth place in Big Sky.

Casey Jones is the leading rebounder for Eastern averaging 5.8 per game and ranks ninth on the conference leaderboard. Jones adds 5.9 points per game. Ethan Price is 13th in Big Sky with 5.3 rebounds per game, which is 8.0 points per game.

Tyreese Davis progresses to facilitator for East binding to team leadership with 23 assists. His 3.29 average per game ranks ninth on Big Sky and he ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratios with 2.09. Angelo Allegri also has 23 assists averaging 2.88 per game.

Cedric Feigling has embraced the role of influencing the game from the bench and ranks third on the team with 4.5 rebounds per game and fifth with 6.8 rebounds per game with an average game time of 17 minutes. The sophomore ranks fifth in the conference with 1.88 offensive rebounds per game and has 15 rebounds overall this season.

In search of the Golden Bears
The California season gets off to a rocky start with a 9-0 record, including 5-0 at home and 2-0 in Pac-12 games. The Golden Bears’ final game was a tough matchup against No. 4 Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, where they lost 68-81. Cal fell in the team’s last home game on November 30 to rival USC, 51-66. Scoring was a challenge for the Golden Bears, who averaged 58.7 points per game and shot 39.5 percent from the floor as a team. On the defensive side of the court, Cal is giving up 67.6 points per game and 43.6 shot percentage.

Junior guard Devin Askew leads the scoring charts for the Golden Bears with an 18.3 point per game average and a 39.3 shot average. Senior forward Lars Thiemann delivers another double-digit scorer for Cal with 12.9 points per game and a strong 56.4 shooting average. Thiemann is also the team’s top rebounder at 6.4 per game and leads the team with eight blocks.

series history
In program history, Eastern is 0-3 against Cal, with all three matchups taking place at Berkley. The teams last faced each other on December 19, 2014, with the Golden Bears winning 89-67.

Next
The next stop on the east Washington road trip is Brookings, SD, where they will face South Dakota State on Saturday, December 10 at 2 p.m

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