Thursday, March 12, 2015

Tyler Harvey drops 42 in EWU's win, just after he tells the nation why he's its leading scorer

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 1:16 PM

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This morning, Tyler Harvey, the Eastern Washington guard who has helped the Eagles to their winningest season as a Division I basketball team, talked in a first-person essay for The Cauldron, the sports page of popular e-magazine The Medium, about what it's like to be the nation's leading scorer. That's the front page of it above and it's a great read.

Then a few hours later, Harvey went off for 42 points in a 91-83 win over Idaho in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Tournament. And yes, the Eagles, although the No. 2 seed in the Big Sky Tournament, had to play at 10 am Pacific time (11 am in Missoula, where the tourney is held this year). So, not a bad morning for the junior who nobody but EWU coach Jim Hayford would give a look at.

The article features a lot about how Harvey was undersized and under-appreciated coming out of high school and has worked his ass off to get where he is now, which we covered in our profile of Harvey earlier this season. And again, it's a great read and something basketball fans should read as we progress through March and hopefully the Eagles progress along with it.

But what speaks more about Harvey was what he did this morning in Missoula. At one point, he had hit 6 three-pointers without a miss, including four in the span of about three minutes of game time to start the second half. When he drilled one while falling out of bounds from about 28 feet away from the basket with 11 minutes left in the game, the kid already had 33 points. It was like a one-man game of horse out there.

He also had a clutch three with 2:30 left to help the Eagles pull away from a Vandals team that hung with them almost the entire way. His 42 points tied the Big Sky Conference Tournament record. Eastern is set to play the winner of the Portland State vs. Sacramento State game at 4:30 pm.

The problem, though, was that the only people who saw this insane feat (other than those inside Montana's Dahlberg Arena) did so on a hiccupy internet stream and not on national television. But if he keeps that up, that nation is going to have to notice him — even if he doesn't write any more articles.
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