I think "Line Drills" made it's way into the Eastern Michigan locker room Wednesday. Wednesday morning, Todd wrote, "Honestly this [13 points] is a pretty shocking spread - we were expecting more like 7-9 points." No respect indeed.
Instead of a final win in the seven- to nine-point range, EMU jumped ahead to a seven-point lead over Central Michigan barely eight minutes into the game, and never trailed after the first couple minutes.
The Chippewas managed to keep things close through the low-scoring first half, holding the Eagles below 38 percent shooting, though Central Michigan only shot 27 percent themselves. It wasn't until the second half that EMU truly dominated the game, making 48 percent of their shots, led by 5-6 shooting from Karrington Ward, who poured in 13 second-half points. At the same time the Eagles' offense was clicking, their defense clamped down on the Chips, allowing Central to make just 22 percent of their second-half shots, and midway through the second half EMU had nearly amassed a 20-point lead. The Eagles eventually led by as many as 26 points before backing off in the final minutes.
Karrington Ward led the Eagles with 18 points, Glenn Bryant added 12, and Da'Shonte Riley contributed six points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots. For the Chippewas, Chris Fowler scored 10 points.
With the win, the Eagles went 3-1 in Michigan MAC play and secured at least a share of the prestigious Aluminum Compass. Next up, Central Michigan will travel to scenic Muncie this weekend to face Ball State, while EMU...oh, dear God, wasn't one EMU-NIU game bad enough!?