A win is a win, and after losing three in a row, the Eastern Michigan Eagles end their semester on a good note beating the Green Pay Phoenix 67-58.
The Eagles played good defense in the opening half, going into the locker room with a 29-18 lead and holding GB to a low 28.6 field goal percentage (6-for-21). The Phoenix also turned the ball over 12 times, as opposed to EMU's 5, where the Eagles scored 12 points off of those turnovers.
The second half was fairly even in terms of points scored, but the Phoenix didn't get any closer than six points from tying or leading the rest of the way. Drawing 19 fouls in the second half, EMU was 20-for-28 from the free throw line (28-for-39 total).
A team known mostly for their defense didn't blow you away on the stat sheets with their blocks and steals, but disrupting the passes made things really tough for GB. Collectively, EMU had five blocks (three from Da'Shonte Riley, two from Glenn Bryant) and 12 steals (three from Karrington Ward). The defense caused 18 turnovers with 16 total points off of them.
Raven Lee led the team in scoring with 17 points. He was 5-for-9 from the floor and knocked down 7 of his 8 free throw shots. Mike Talley had the most free throw attempts with 10, making eight of those. Playing 31 minutes, Talley had four assists with zero turnovers, he scored 11 points and ran away with two steals.
Playing 34 minutes, Ward had 13 points with a pair of three-pointers and a field goal percentage of 44% (4-for-9). He also had seven rebounds with two assists and two turnovers.
Improving to a 6-3 record, the Eagles next three games are on the road. They will play the Oakland Grizzlies on December 21, then will play against #8 Duke on December 28, then finish the calendar year at #2 Syracuse, where Riley transferred from, on New Years Eve.