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E. Washington tops Stanford 67-61 to end Pac-12 drought

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Eastern Washington was winless against teams from the Pac-12 Conference for nearly 15 years. First-year Eagles coach Shantay Legans never had beaten Stanford at Maples Pavilion.

Both droughts ended Tuesday night as Eastern Washington climbed out of an early hole and led most of the way to claim a 67-61 victory over the Cardinal.

Bogdan Bliznyuk, a senior guard from the Ukraine, scored 23 points to lead the Eagles (2-1), who made 11 of 25 shots from the 3-point arc.

The Eagles snapped a 21-game losing streak against Pac-12 schools, dating to a 62-58 win over Washington on Dec. 14, 2002. Legans spent three seasons as a player at Stanford's rival Cal but never got a victory on the Cardinal's floor.

''We believed we could win this game,'' Legans said. ''We have veteran guys. It's a big win for our program because it's against a Pac-12 team. It's been a long time.''

Eastern Washington was down 9-2 early but never trailed over the game's final 29 minutes, despite missing six free throws down the stretch.

Bliznyuk, who scored 45 points in a game last season, converted four foul shots in the final 11 seconds to ice the win.

''He's a big-time player,'' Stanford coach Jerod Haase said. ''I thought our length would bother him but he was able to get in there and do pretty much what he wanted.''

Legans called Bliznyuk one of the better players in the country, adding, ''People don't see him because he's at a small school.''

Reid Travis scored 20 points to lead the Cardinal (2-1), which started three freshmen and shot 34 percent from the field, including 2 for 16 on 3-pointers.

''We're not where we need to be,'' Haase said. ''There's tremendous room for growth. We have such a long way to go and we're not covering that gap as quickly as we can.''

Freshman forward Oscar Da Silva had 11 points and 17 rebounds in his first start.

Stanford played without three injured players, starting guard Dorian Pickens and reserves Marcus Sheffield and Kodye Pugh.

BIG PICTURE

Eastern Washington: This was the second of 10 straight games away from home for the Eagles, who debuted with a home victory over NAIA foe Walla Walla but won't play again in Cheney, Washington, until Dec. 17 against Cal State Northridge.

Stanford: The schedule gets much tougher for the Cardinal real soon. Stanford hosts No. 9 North Carolina on Monday, then faces No. 8 Florida three days later in the opening round of the PK80 Invitational at Portland, Oregon. The Cardinal will take on No. 4 Kansas in Sacramento on Dec. 21.

SPECIAL DEFENSE: Asked how the Eagles prepared to stop Cardinal star forward Travis, Legans said, ''We prayed last night as a team . just kidding! We had bodies around him at all times, we didn't let him go one-on-one.''

LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Cardinal freshman point guard Daejon Davis shot 0 for 5 from the field and had two points to go with four turnovers. ''There's no doubt in my mind he'll bounce back quickly,'' Haase said.

Stanford started three freshman for the first time since Jan. 27, 1983.

WAITING GAME: Haase said he has no timetable for the return of Pickens (left foot), Sheffield (left foot) and Pugh (right ankle). ''We need to heal fast, but I don't know right now,'' he said.

UP NEXT

Eastern Washington plays Friday at UNLV.

Stanford plays Friday against Northeastern, the fourth of a five-game stretch over 11 days to open the season.

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Key Players
B. Bliznyuk
R. Travis
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
24.5 Pts. Per Game 24.5
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
9.0 Reb. Per Game 9.0
53.1 Field Goal % 52.4
44.4 Three Point % 16.7
88.5 Free Throw % 80.0
+ 2 Robert Cartwright made layup 1.0
+ 1 Bogdan Bliznyuk made 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
+ 1 Bogdan Bliznyuk made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Michael Humphrey 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Bogdan Bliznyuk 5.0
  Robert Cartwright missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
+ 1 Bogdan Bliznyuk made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
+ 1 Bogdan Bliznyuk made 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Robert Cartwright 11.0
+ 1 Robert Cartwright made 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Robert Cartwright 11.0
Team Stats
Points 67 61
Field Goals 22-57 (38.6%) 21-62 (33.9%)
3-Pointers 11-25 (44.0%) 2-16 (12.5%)
Free Throws 12-20 (60.0%) 17-27 (63.0%)
Total Rebounds 41 45
Offensive 7 11
Defensive 30 32
Team 4 2
Assists 8 8
Steals 3 3
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 11 8
Fouls 24 19
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
32
B. Bliznyuk G/F
23 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
home team logo
22
R. Travis F
20 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo E. Wash. 2-1 333467
home team logo Stanford 2-1273461
Team Stats
away team logoE. Wash. 2-1 72.1 PPG 37.3 RPG 11.5 APG
home team logoStanford 2-1 74.7 PPG 41.5 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
32
B. Bliznyuk G/F 17.5 PPG 5.4 RPG 2.7 APG 44.4 FG%
22
R. Travis F 21.5 PPG 7.3 RPG 1.8 APG 52.5 FG%
Top Scorers
32
B. Bliznyuk G/F 23 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
22
R. Travis F 20 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
38.6 FG% 33.9
44.0 3PT FG% 12.5
60.0 FT% 63.0
E. Wash.
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Bliznyuk 36 23 5 2 1 1 4 3 6/12 2/3 9/10 0 5
B. Griciunas 27 6 10 0 0 0 3 3 2/8 1/5 1/2 1 9
L. Vulikic 28 6 4 1 1 1 1 2 3/7 0/0 0/0 1 3
S. Washington 22 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 1/5 1/2 0/2 1 1
M. Peatling 12 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 0/2 0/0 1/2 2 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Bliznyuk 36 23 5 2 1 1 4 3 6/12 2/3 9/10 0 5
B. Griciunas 27 6 10 0 0 0 3 3 2/8 1/5 1/2 1 9
L. Vulikic 28 6 4 1 1 1 1 2 3/7 0/0 0/0 1 3
S. Washington 22 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 1/5 1/2 0/2 1 1
M. Peatling 12 1 2 0 1 0 0 3 0/2 0/0 1/2 2 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Gibson 27 11 3 1 0 0 1 4 4/7 3/6 0/1 0 3
J. Hunt 28 10 8 1 0 1 1 3 4/7 2/2 0/0 1 7
J. Perry 14 7 2 1 0 0 0 1 2/5 2/5 1/3 0 2
J. Davison 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 0
R. Polanco 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
C. Benzel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Gibb - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Aiken Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Groves - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Howard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Kidd - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 67 37 8 3 4 11 24 22/57 11/25 12/20 7 30
Stanford
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Travis 32 20 5 1 0 0 0 3 6/14 0/2 8/10 1 4
O. Da Silva 38 12 17 0 1 0 2 5 5/9 0/0 2/2 6 11
M. Humphrey 35 8 11 0 1 2 1 4 3/13 0/4 2/3 1 10
I. White 36 5 2 3 0 0 0 3 2/10 1/7 0/0 0 2
D. Davis 32 2 6 3 0 0 4 1 0/5 0/0 2/4 3 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Travis 32 20 5 1 0 0 0 3 6/14 0/2 8/10 1 4
O. Da Silva 38 12 17 0 1 0 2 5 5/9 0/0 2/2 6 11
M. Humphrey 35 8 11 0 1 2 1 4 3/13 0/4 2/3 1 10
I. White 36 5 2 3 0 0 0 3 2/10 1/7 0/0 0 2
D. Davis 32 2 6 3 0 0 4 1 0/5 0/0 2/4 3 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
R. Cartwright 20 12 2 1 1 0 0 3 4/8 1/3 3/6 0 2
J. Sharma 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/2 0 0
D. Pickens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Sheffield - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Pugh - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Stanback - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Herenton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Pagon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Okpala - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 61 43 8 3 2 8 19 21/62 2/16 17/27 11 32