Weber State University opens its 28th basketball season in the Big Sky Conference, hosting the Eastern Washington University Eagles at home in the Dee Events Center Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. (MST).

John Wade is in his first season as coach of the Eagles. Wade played for the Eagles in 1980-81 and 1981-82, then served as an assistant coach for the Eagles from 1985 through 1988, serving under Jerry Krause, Joe Folda and Bob Hofman. The past two seasons, he has served as an assistant coach at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.The Eagles are 6-5 overall and are out in front of the Big Sky Conference league standings with a 2-0 record. EWU defeated Northern Arizona (91-74) and Nevada (74-60) at home last weekend. EWU has a three-game winning streak going which includes a Dec. 22 home win over San Diego U. (73-69).

Brian Sullivan (6-4, 185 Sr. Guard) is the team's leading scorer averaging 15.0 points per game. Sullivan was the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week last week for his performances vs. NAU and Nevada. He hit 12-20 from the field (5-9 three's), 8-12 free throws, averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 steals and 4.5 assists in the two games, including eight steals vs. Nevada.

Probable starters for the Eagles are Miquel Johnson (6-4, Jr.), Kemo Patrick (6-6, Jr.), John Garrison (6-8, Sr.) and Sullivan.

The Wildcats are now 5-6 overall and have won three straight. Weber State had a bye week in Big Sky Conference action last week. Weber State now plays four straight home games in Big Sky league action.

Weber State won its last game as a college (69-61 at home vs. Cal State-Northridge on December 29) and won its first game as a University (102-83 at home vs. Western Washington on Jan. 3).