The Redhawks earned their first road win in three games with a 75-69 victory in Cheney.
CHENEY — Eastern Washington’s first homestand of the basketball season ended just as it started: with a young team still aiming to improve.
And for Seattle University, it ended with the Redhawks earning their first road win of the season as they defeated the Eagles 75-69.
The Eagles shot 37 percent from the field and hit just six of 27 shots from three-point range in falling to 2-7. Seattle (3-3) was led by Chad Rasmussen, who scored a game-high 16.
“I don’t think any one of the 21 misses from three were bad shots,” said Eastern coach Jim Hayford, whose club plays its final nonconference game on Monday at UC Davis. “We just have to make them.”
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Seattle wasn’t able to take advantage of Eastern’s poor shooting early; the Redhawks hit just 42 percent of their own field goals in the first half and missing five of six free throws in the first half, which ended with Eastern trailing 33-30.
Seattle took its biggest lead of the game, 63-51, with just over nine minutes left, but the Eagles closed to 66-60 on Parker Kelly’s two free throws with 4:13 left.
The teams traded turnovers, setting up Eastern’s Parker Kelly to cut the lead in half, but he misfired. Rasmussen then hit a three-pointer at the other end to boost the lead to nine.
Seattle shot 56 percent from the field in the second half and out-rebounded the Eagles 43-37 while picking up 20 assists.
The Redhawks also outscored Eastern 38-28 in the paint while barely losing the turnover battle, 18-16.
Guard Justin Crosgile led the Eagles with 15 points, while Venky Jois added 14.
The Eagles are without senior forward Collin Chiverton, last year’s Big Sky Newcomer of the Year, who is on indefinite personal leave.