Valentine scores 28 in Eastern Washington win

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CHENEY, Wash. (AP)—Benny Valentine scored 24 of his 28 points in the second half and Eastern Washington survived poor foul shooting to beat Texas Arlington 73-70 Saturday night.

Milan Stanojevic added 17 points and, Brandon Moore 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles (2-1).

The Mavericks (2-1), led by Anthony Vereen’s 19 points and 12 rebounds, had a chance to tie the score at the end of the game, but Jeremy Smith’s buzzer-beating, 3-point attempt bounced around the rim before falling out.

The Eagles held a 72-67 lead after Valentine hit 1-of-2 from the free-throw line with 11.6 seconds left. Texas-Arlington’s Brandon Long answered with a long 3-pointer in front of two defenders to pull the Mavericks to within 72-70 with 6.7 seconds remaining.

Valentine was fouled again and again converted 1-of-2 to increase the Eagles’ lead to 73-70, setting up Smith’s game-tying attempt.

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 TX Arlington
Anthony Vereen Anthony Vereen
6-7,  19 Pts
12 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Eastern Wash.
Benny Valentine Benny Valentine
11-22,  28 Pts
1 Rebs, 4 Assists

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