Michigan State caught an early 8-0 run by the first break of the game to make it an 8-4 ball game, but the Eagles hung around with their defense and creating turnovers. Freshman James Thompson missed a short scoring opportunity, but made up for it with a block against Eron Harris. Ty Toney would take the ball the length of the court to tighten the Spartan lead to two.
For a freshman playing against the third-ranked team in the country, Thompson looked comfortable with the ball. He made good moves to get a clean shot off, but he just wasn't making much of anything. He was able to grab six rebounds at the half (three offense, three defense) with a pair of blocks, but he was 2-for-7 from the field. The Eagles trailed 40-25 at halftime as Toney put up 11 points.
He would, later have a huge dunk midway through the second half.
Despite starting 1-for-6 from the field, Denzel Valentine had an acrobatic layup on a fast break then hit a 3-pointer on the next transition to extend their lead to 24 points, becoming the fourth Spartan to reach double digits in scoring for the night. He was threatening with another triple-double; though he had 12 points, he came short with nine rebounds and seven assists.
Toney continued to prove that he'll be a solid replacement for Mike Talley at point guard, leading the Eagles with 18 points making half of his shots (8-for-16). He also had three rebounds and an assist. Averaging 21 points per game this season, Willie Mangum reached double-digits in scoring again, despite shooting 2-for-14 from the floor.
Tim Bond only had four points for the day, 2-for-7 from the field, but at least he had a big dunk in the first half.
Deyonta Davis went 7-for-10 from the field, leading MSU with 16 points for the day and had five blocks as well. Davis was called for a technical foul after a dunk in the second half after the refs had previously warned him about the taunting.
Mostly by Mangum's 1-for-8 shooting in this category, but the Eagles only hit 18.2 percent of their 3-point shots. The only player to make more than one was Trent Perry, who went 2-for-2 here in his 12 minutes on the court.
EMU will head back to the Convocation Center to play Marygrove and Madonna on Wednesday and Saturday (neither D1).
|Player||Michigan State||Eastern Michigan|
|Points||Deyonta Davis (16)||Ty Toney (18)|
|Rebounds||Matt Costello (10)||James Thompson (9)|
|Assists||Denzel Valentine (7)||Ethan Alvano (3)|
|Blocks||Deyonta Davis (5)||James Thompson (2)|
|Steals||2 tied (1)||Ethan Alvano (2)|