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Northwest Notes Oct. 19, 2021

| October 19, 2021 1:05 AM

GU's Nembhard named to Bob Cousy Award Watch List

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Gonzaga’s Andrew Nembhard was named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List Monday.

The award honors the top point guard in men's college basketball.

Nembhard was named the WCC Sixth Man of the Year in 2021. He topped the league, and is sixth in the nation, with a 3.59 assist-to-turnover ratio. The senior averaged 9.2 points per game and was fourth in the conference averaging 4.4 assists per outing in 2020-21. Nembhard scored in double-digits 15 times last season. He started in 13 of the final 14 games.

College basketball fans are encouraged to participate in fan voting in each of the three rounds. In late January, the watch list will be narrowed to 10 and then in late February to 5. In March the five finalists will be presented to Cousy and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee, where a winner will be selected.

Previous Cousy Award winners include Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois (2021), and Payton Pritchard, Oregon (2020).

Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday.

No surprise: EWU's Barriere earns another Big Sky offensive player of the week award

After a record-setting day at Roos Field, Eastern Washington redshirt senior quarterback Eric Barriere was named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

The award is his fifth this season and 11th of his career. Barriere also earned the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Performer of the Week, and is the College Sports Madness Big Sky and National Offensive Player of the Week as well.

Barriere helped guide the No. 2 Eagles to a 71-21 romp of Big Sky foe Idaho on Saturday, Oct. 16 in Cheney, Wash., helping EWU move to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in conference action, setting multiple school records in the process.

The Inglewood, Calif., native threw for a school-record 600 yards (on 26-of-35 passing) and seven touchdown passes, plus scoring a 12-yard rushing touchdown of his own. He broke Gage Gubrud's previous school record of 549 passing yards set at Montana on Sept. 23, 2017. The seven touchdown passes ties his own school record, and the eight touchdowns responsible for are a new school record as well. He also broke the program record for career touchdowns responsible for with 123.

This is the second time this season he has broken EWU's single-game record for total offense, as he amassed 577 (600 passing, -23 rushing) in the win. His previous best was 562 at Western Illinois on Sept. 18.

The Eagles totaled 837 yards of total offense, including 624 through the air, both of which are school records. Eastern Washington's 71 points are the most ever scored at Roos Field (or formerly Woodward Field), the fifth most in program history, and the second most against a Division I opponent.

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