CHENEY -- Freshman Glen Dean and senior Mark Dunn combined for 55 points as Eastern Washington University held-off Sacramento State 79-75 on Thursday.
Eastern opened the game with a 13-0 run, and had led by as many as 16 points in each half as it snapped a five-game losing streak and won its first league game of the year.
"I'm not sure if it was a must-win, but it was a really, really important win for us," said Eastern head coach Kirk Earlywine.
Dean scored 29 points as he made 8-of-17 shots from the field and 6-of-7 free throws, and has seven assists and just two turnovers in 34 minutes of action. He tied the school record with seven three-pointers in 12 attempts, equaling the mark set on 11 previous occasions by five other players.
"The thing about it is that he does it every day and every bounce of the ball," said Earlywine. "He and Jeffrey Forbes compete. Their level of competiveness is high and that's what allows them to play so many minutes."
Dunn made 9-of-14 shots from the field and all six of his free throws to finish with 26 points. He also had nine rebounds as both he and Dean finished with the best scoring games in their careers.
EWU is now 5-10 overall as it snapped a five-game losing streak, and the Eagles are now 1-1 in league play. Eastern lost 98-75 at Portland State on Dec. 5 in the earliest Big Sky start in school history.