Late run dooms Fighting Hawks in 98-82 defeat at Eastern Washington
Jacob Davison poured in a game-high 39 points on 17 made field goals to help lead Eastern Washington to a 98-82 win over North Dakota on Sunday evening at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.
UND (4-7) took a 62-61 lead with just over 11 minutes to play, but the Eagles (5-3) outscored the visitors, 37-20, over the final stretch of the game to come away with their third straight victory over the Fighting Hawks.
Davison was everywhere for the Eagles in the win, dropping a career-high 39 points, grabbing six rebounds, dishing out five assists, and recording five steals in 38 minutes of action to be one of five players to reach double figures for EWU.
De'Sean Allen-Eikens lead UND in points and rebounds, cementing his second double-double of his career with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Despite missing all five of his attempts from distance, the freshman still hit over 50% of his shots from the field (8-of-15).
Kienan Walter rebounded from a pair of tough offensive games to post 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting while adding three assists and two boards. Marlon Stewart reached double figures once again with 14 points and Filip Rebraca made it 11 straight games with 10+ points by scoring 12 and grabbing eight rebounds.
After outshooting the Eagles in the first half, the hosts responded by connecting on 60% (24-of-40) of their attempts over the final 20 minutes while holding the Hawks to just 44.1% (15-of-34) over that span. For the game, EWU finished just above 50% from the field and UND hit just over 45%.
Despite committing lower then its season average, turnovers still were an issue for UND throughout the contest. Eastern Washington scored 25 points on 15 UND turnovers while the visitors only tallied six points on six EWU giveaways.
For the first time since Nov. 24, UND lost the rebounding battle, 40-38. EWU also controlled the paint, scoring 62 points compared to just 38 for UND.
Both teams jumped out to strong offensive starts, with each side reaching double figures less than four minutes into the game. Neither side could build much of lead, however, with UND taking a six-point advantage following a brief spurt just beyond the halfway point of the opening half. A Davids Atelbauers triple gave UND the lead before Rebraca threw down a dunk plus the foul to extend the lead to 26-20.
The game of runs continued in the first half, with the Eagles knotting the game at 27 before a bucket by Walter and a three from Stewart pushed the lead back to five, 32-27, with just over five minutes remaining in the stanza.
Eastern Washington woke up over the final moments of the half, striking for 15 points to take a 42-39 lead at the halftime break. The lead was as high as eight for the Eagles during their late run, but Allen-Eikens hit a pair of buckets late to send the visitors to the locker room down by just three.
UND came out of the halftime break hot, striking for 13 of the first 15 points to quickly jump out to a 50-44 advantage just two minutes into the second period. Walter and Allen-Eikens combined for 11 of those points, with Rebraca adding the final two to push the lead to six.
The Hawks led by as many as eight, 55-47, following a Billy Brown layup, but Eastern Washington continued to rally before eventually tying the game at 59. Allen-Eikens gave UND a 62-61 lead following a three-point play, but the advantage was short-lived. EWU dominated the final 11 minutes of action, with 37 of the final 57 points to claim the 98-82 victory.
North Dakota will enjoy a nice rest before returning to action on Dec. 17 vs. Northland College at 7 p.m. from the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.