Ea­gles long-shot win­ners at Maples

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BASKETBALL - By Tom FitzGer­ald Tom FitzGer­ald is a San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle staff writer. Email: tfitzger­ald@sfchron­i­cle.com Twit­ter: @tomg­fitzger­ald

A three-point bar­rage by Eastern Washington trumped Stan­ford’s in­side power Tues­day night, re­sult­ing in an em­bar­rass­ing loss for the Car­di­nal at Maples Pavil­ion.

Bog­dan Bl­iznyuk, a longlimbed, 6-foot-6 swing­man from Ukraine, scored 23 points, and the Ea­gles hit 11 of 25 three-point at­tempts to sur­prise the Car­di­nal 67-61.

Eastern had fin­ished sec­ond in the Big Sky Con­fer­ence last sea­son and took part in the NCAA Tour­na­ment as re­cently as 2015. But it had lost 21 straight to Pac-12 teams, in­clud­ing a 79-69 loss at Washington on Sun­day.

“There’s tremen­dous room for growth,” Stan­ford head coach Jerod Haase said. “We have such a long way to go, and we’re not cov­er­ing that gap as quickly as we can. De­fen­sively, I was dis­ap­pointed in both our man and our zone. We just weren’t ef­fec­tive.”

Eastern (2-1) led 33-27 at half­time and built an 11-point lead early in the sec­ond half. A late flurry by Stan­ford’s Robert Cartwright (12 points) cut the Ea­gles’ lead to 62-58 with 25 sec­onds left. But it was too late.

“In our zone, we didn’t rec­og­nize and ro­tate as quickly as we needed to,” Haase said. “They’re a good team that has the abil­ity to get to the paint. They hurt us that way as well.”

Stan­ford (2-1) made just 2 of 16 three-point tries and shot 34 per­cent from the floor.

Start­ing swing­man Do­rian Pick­ens and re­serves Kodye Pugh and Mar­cus Sh­effield missed the game with foot or an­kle in­juries. Partly as a re­sult, the Car­di­nal started three fresh­men: Isaac White, Dae­jon Davis and Os­car da Silva. Pick­ens’ lead­er­ship in par­tic­u­lar was sorely missed.

The Car­di­nal lacked “a sense of ur­gency,” said Reid Travis, who scored 20 points but had just five re­bounds. “We didn’t come out the way we wanted to. We started slow and kind of messed with them for the first half.”

Eastern head coach Shan­tay Le­gans, a for­mer Cal and Fresno State guard, said his team fol­lowed the game plan on Travis. “We had bod­ies around him at all times,” he said. “We didn’t let him go one-on-one. We had mul­ti­ple peo­ple com­ing over for help.”

Da Silva was a bright light for Stan­ford with 12 points and 17 re­bounds.

“In some ways, I know very lit­tle about Os­car,” Haase said “This sum­mer, he was play­ing in­ter­na­tional bas­ket­ball and was here for only a lit­tle bit. The first week of prac­tice, he had a high an­kle sprain and re­ally hasn’t prac­ticed a whole lot un­til re­cently.

“He’s go­ing to be a heck of a player for a long time, and peo­ple are go­ing to en­joy watch­ing him play.”

On the other hand, Davis missed all five of his field­goal tries and had four turnovers, scor­ing two points. Haase said his mes­sage to Davis was: “Lis­ten to me, which he will do.”

Ben Mar­got / Associated Press

Eastern Washington has Stan­ford’s Michael Humphrey sur­rounded as he tries to ma­neu­ver with the ball.

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