CHENEY — Parker Kelly scored 18 points Thursday night and Eastern Washington held off a late charge from Sacramento State for an 85-72 win.
EWU (11-13, 6-7 Big Sky) led by as many as 21 points on its way to a 45-29 halftime advantage.
Sacramento State (10-12, 6-7) closed the deficit to 64-60 with 7:54 to go. Even though the Hornets went without a field goal for the next five minutes, they managed to cut the deficit to 74-69 with 2:04 to play.
The Eagles made 9 of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to secure the win.
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Venky Jois had 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Drew Brandon had 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Eagles. Martin Seiferth added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyler Harvey scored 16 points.
Mikh McKinney had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists to lead the Hornets.
Top 10 men
At No. 9 Michigan St. 85, Northwestern 70
Adreian Payne had 20 points and 14 rebounds, and Michigan State cruised past Northwestern to stay tied atop the Big Ten. The Spartans (21-4, 10-2) are even in the standings with rival Michigan — and those two teams meet in Ann Arbor on Feb. 23.
Gary Harris added 14 points for Michigan State, which shot 53 percent from the field. The Wildcats (12-13, 5-7) had not allowed 80 points in over a month.
Top 5 women
No. 2 Notre Dame 82, at Boston College 61
Kayla McBride scored 21 points, Jewell Loyd 18 and Notre Dame coasted past Boston College, giving the Fighting Irish (24-0, 11-0 Atlantic Coast) their best start in school history. Kat Cooper led BC (12-13, 3-9) with 13 points.
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