Kavas’ 26, Hearlihy’s 20 carry Seattle by EWU 84-65
SEATTLE (AP) Matej Kavas scored 26 points, Josh Hearlihy added 20 and Seattle defeated Eastern Washington 84-65 on Sunday.
Jordan Hill contributed 13 points and eight assists and Richaud Gittens had 11 points for the Redhawks (5-4), coached by Jim Hayford, who was at Eastern Washington the previous six seasons.
Richard Polanco and Ty Gibson had 10 each for the Eagles (3-5).
Hill had three 3s and 11 points as the Redhawks went 6 of 8 behind the arc and shot 57 percent to take a 43-30 lead at the half. Eastern Washington was 4 of 17 from distance and shot 39 percent.
Things didn’t change much in the second half as Seattle put together an early 20-2 run, capped by a Kavas 3-point play for a 63-34 lead with 11:40 to play. Hearlihy had seven points in the deciding run.
EWU missed its first four shots of the second half, making it seven straight misses and was just 1 for 10 in the first 10 minutes. The Eagles finished at 39 percent, 6 of 29 from distance. Seattle made 9 of 17 behind the arc and finished at 51 percent despite making just two of its last 12 shots.