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11 November 2017  
Eagles' junior forward Logan Skurdal battles in the paint, looking for the basket against Ottawa University on Friday, November 10th, 2017 in Prescott, Arizona. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Eagles' Junior Forward Logan Skurdal Scores 29 Points In Embry Riddle Victory

PRESCOTT- The baskets were raining for the Embry Riddle Eagles men’s basketball team against Ottawa University at home on Friday, November 10th, as the Eagles scored 95 points along with shooting 65%  from beyond the arch in a 95-69 victory.

“We were feeling good tonight,” Eagles' junior forward Logan Skurdal said. “That’s the best I’ve seen us shoot in a long time. Hopefully, we can keep that up.”

Skurdal was a big reason for the victory, knocking down nine three-point baskets and racking up 29-points.

“I think it’s safe to safe to say Logan Skurdal’s season has officially started,” Eagles Head Coach Eric Fundalewicz said. “He was just finding his way throughout the first couple of games and now he’s realizing what shots he’s getting in the offense. He was on fire, the whole team was on fire.”

The Eagles were in control for a good portion of the contest, scoring 48-points in the first half and 47-points in the final half. Ottawa University countered with 37-points in the first half and ended the second half with 32-points.

“We came out and I think it was a good statement game for us,” Fundalewicz said. “The guys have been working hard. We’ve been playing some really tough competition. (Ottawa) came out, they had a nice game-plan. I think our guys did a really, really nice job executing what we wanted to do tonight.”

Part of Ottawa’s attack was physical play. Many fouls occurred on both sides but Embry Riddle persevered. Along with the talent of Ottawa, the physicality provided a good test for Embry Riddle before upcoming opponents from the NCAA.

“They needed tonight,” Fundalewicz said. “They’re (NCAA teams) going to be big and strong and physical and we’re going to have to learn to play against that.”

The win on Friday night was the third of the season for Embry Riddle. The team is making vast improvements on a club that accomplished eight wins in the previous season, three of which came in their last four games.

“Coming in from last year, we were feeling good at the end,” Skurdal said. “We were able to carry that (into this season).”

The Eagles (3-1, 0-0 CAL-PAC) hit the road for a game against Northern Arizona University on Monday, November 13th, at 6:30 pm.