Eastern Washington defeats Idaho State, 79-71

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CHENEY, Wash. (AP)—Gary Gibson and Mark Dunn scored 14 points apiece and Eastern Washington beat Idaho State 79-71 in the season finale for both teams on Saturday night.

Jeffrey Forbes added 12 points and Brandon Moore had 12 rebounds for the Eagles (9-21, 5-11 Big Sky). Demetrius

Monroe scored 20 points, Chron Tatum 13 and Amorrow Morgan 10 for the Bengals (7-22, 4-12), losers of eight of nine to close the season.

Forbes keyed a 21-7 burst toward the end of the first half, hitting three 3-pointers as the Eagles broke away from a back-and-forth game to open a 42-29 lead with 44.1 seconds left.

The lead grew to 52-36 before Idaho State rallied to pull within five, 61-56, on a 3-pointer by Todd Starks. Eastern Washington answered with an 8-0 run, capped by Gibson’s layup with 5:15 left.

Neither team qualified for the conference tournament. Eastern Washington finished in 7th and the Bengals finished in 8th.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Idaho St.
Demetrius Monroe Demetrius Monroe
10-13,  20 Pts
8 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Eastern Wash.
Matthew Brunell Matthew Brunell
2-4,  9 Pts
4 Rebs, 4 Assists

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