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Eastern Washington loses their leading scorer Justin Crosgile

Jan 7, 2013, 11:45 AM EST

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A tough season for Eastern Washington got even tougher on Friday, as their leading scorer Justin Crogile left the team.

Originally reported as a dismissal, it turns out that Crogile a redshirt junior that had transferred to EWU from St. Joseph’s, was simply looking to get closer to home and his three-year old son.

Crosgile […] cited a “need to be closer to home” for his surprise decision to leave the squad earlier this week.

“It’s been a great experience at Eastern Washington, and I have nothing against the coaches or players here,” Crosgile said in a telephone interview Friday night.

Crosgile said he plans to return to his native New Jersey to be near his mother and his 3-year-old son.

Crosgile had been averaging 14.7 points, 5.5 assists in more than 36 minutes per game, all of which were team-highs. EWU is currently 3-11 on the season and 1-3 in Big Sky play, with that one win coming against fellow bottom-feeder Idaho State.

It’s tough to be on the other side of the country from your family, but doing so while playing losing basketball is just that much more difficult.

(Image via Eastern Washington athletics)

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