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Northern Arizona drops third straight game in loss to Eastern Washington

Northern Arizona head coach Jack Murphy directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

CHENEY, Wash. — Bogdan Bliznyuk set an NCAA single-season record with his 74th consecutive free throw Saturday and Eastern Washington made 16 3-pointers to beat Northern Arizona 85-68.

Bliznyuk, who passed Gary Buchanan’s 73 consecutive free throws for Villanova in the 2000-01 season, finished with 15 points and 10 assists on his Senior Day.

The Eagles (18-13, 13-5 Big Sky) ended the regular season tied with Weber State and will have a first-round bye in the conference tournament.

Jack Perry had a career-high 18 points to lead Eastern Washington, which led by double digits throughout the second half. The Eagles took their largest lead at 79-56 on Bliznyuk’s record-breaking pair of free throws with 3:46 left in the game.

Jacob Davison had 14 points, Sir Washington scored 13 and Mason Peatling added 11 for Eastern Washington, which made 16 of 34 from 3-point range.

Corey Brown had 22 points and Isaiah Thomas added 11 for Northern Arizona, which has lost three straight and nine of its last 10.

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