Thursday morning, Tyler Harvey's self-written essay claimed about not being Big Sky MVP: "What do I think? It's out of my control, so I don't think anything about it."
Hours after the essay was published, the scintillating lefty poured in 42 points to lead Eastern Washington to a 91-83 win over Idaho in the first round of the Big Sky Conference tournament.
After scoring 16 points in the first half, Harvey came out firing and knocked down five 3-pointers in the first seven minutes of the second half, each shot seemingly more difficult than the last. Idaho guards Mike Scott, Sekou Wiggs, and Perrion Callandret all took turns getting stepback treys dropped on their heads, unable to stop the onslaught.
Idaho fought back, going on a 16-3 run to take a three point lead with six minutes to go, but Eastern immediately answered with a corner three from Alex Von Hofe. The Eagles outscored Idaho 21-13 from that point.
Harvey finished 8-of-10 from the field and 6-of-7 from deep in the second half, totaling 8-of-12 from three on the day.
Eastern Washington advances to play the winner of 3-seed Sacramento State and 6-seed Portland State tomorrow at 5:30 pm MT. All games can be viewed on WatchBigSky.com.