Late Night Snacks: Evansville defeats No. 23 Northern Iowa

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GAME OF THE DAY: Eastern Washington 84, Weber State 78

Two of the teams expected to contend in the Big Sky met Thursday afternoon, with EWU guard Tyler Harvey going off to lead the Eagles to the six-point home win. Harvey scored 39 points on the day, shooting 12-for-19 from the field and 7-for-10 from beyond the arc. Venky Jois added 18 points and eight rebounds for EWU, which moves to 10-4 on the season. Freshman guard Ryan Richardson led four Weber State players in double figures with 22 points.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. Evansville 52, No. 23 Northern Iowa 49: The Purple Aces struggled mightily in the first half, with leading scorer D.J. Balentine scoring just four points and the team shooting 7-for-23 from the field. Marty Simmons’ team turned things around in the second half, erasing a ten-point halftime deficit with better execution on both ends of the floor, and Balentine scored 14 points to lead the Purple Aces to the win in the MVC opener for both.

Also key for Evansville was forward Egidijus Mockevicius, who added 12 points and 13 rebounds, and the Purple Aces scored 18 points off of 12 UNI turnovers. Seth Tuttle scored 18 points and Wes Washpun added 11 and eight rebounds off the bench for UNI, which is now 11-2 on the season.

2. Saint Mary’s 68, Pepperdine 59: Saint Mary’s moved to 3-0 in WCC play with a nine-point win at Pepperdine, as Brad Waldow scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds on a night that saw five Gaels score in double figures. Saint Mary’s won despite committing 17 turnovers and allowing the Waves to shoot 50 percent from the field, and they’re outscoring Pepperdine 27-9 from beyond the arc was the biggest reason why. Guards Aaron Bright and Kerry Carter hit three three-pointers apiece for Saint Mary’s.

3. Belmont 78, Southeast Missouri State 77: Craig Bradshaw scored 25 points and teammate Reese Chamberlain (ten points, nine rebounds and nine assists) nearly posted a triple-double as the Bruins held off the Redhawks in the OVC opener for both in Nashville. Jarekious Bradley led four SEMO players in double figures with 20 points, but Dickey Nutt’s team fell short due in part to Belmont hitting 14 three-pointers to their seven.

STARRED

1. Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington: 39 points (12-for-21 FG) in Eastern Washington’s 84-78 win over Weber State.

2. Craig Bradshaw, Belmont: 25 points (10-for-15 FG) in the Bruins’ 78-77 win over Southeast Missouri State.

3. Egidijus Mockevicius, Evansville: Mockevicius posted his fifth straight double-double in the Purple Aces’ 52-49 win over No. 23 Northern Iowa, scoring 12 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

4. Evan Payne, Loyola Marymount: 27 points (8-for-14 FG, 10-for-10 FT) in the Lions’ 77-63 loss to Pacific.

STRUGGLED

1. Tevin Svihovec, Northern Colorado: The Bears’ leading scorer (12.4 ppg) accounted for just three points in a 66-48 loss at Montana, missing all five of his field goal attempts.

2. Matt Bohannon and Deon Mitchell, Northern Iowa: Two of UNI’s three starting guards combined to shoot 0-for-7 from the field, failing to score a point in the Panthers’ 52-49 loss at Evansville.

3. Darion Rackley, Jacksonville State: Scored five points on 2-for-12 shooting in the Gamecocks’ 73-57 loss at SIU-Edwardsville.

NOTABLES

  • Chase Fischer and Tyler Haws scored 14 points apiece and Kyle Collinsworth added eight points, 15, rebounds, six assists and three steals in BYU’s 81-46 pasting of Santa Clara.
  • Christopher Anderson’s steal in the finals seconds preserved a 57-56 win for San Diego at San Francisco. Mark Tollefsen scored 14 to lead the way for USF, but the Dons shot just 8-for-15 from the foul line.
  • Idaho won its Big Sky debut to kick off its second stint in the conference, beating Idaho State 77-54.
  • Dylan Garrity scored 26 points to lead five players in double figures as Sacramento State beat Northern Arizona, 78-73.