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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Recap: Eastern Michigan vs Detroit Mercy

2nd Half Run Fuels Eagles to Rout

NCAA Basketball: Eastern Michigan at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles of Eastern Michigan made the short trip east to the big city to take on the University of Detroit-Mercy and came away on top 87-61. Willie Magnum IV led EMU with 21 points. Magnum has scored in double figures in seven straight games and is averaging 16.8 ppg.

Eastern Michigan (5-3) went into the half with a 39-35 lead over Detroit-Mercy (1-6), but then started the 2nd half with a 26-4 run to put the game out of reach. The Titans never got closer than 17 point after that. Detroit started the game on 12-2 run before Eastern answered with a 17-5 spurt and took their first lead 19-17.

James Thompson IV continued his strong play throwing in 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 6th straight double double. The sophomore is averaging 15ppg and 11.6 rpg. Ray Lee added 17 points, two under his average of 19.1. Ty Toney was also in double figures with 13 points.

Eastern Michigan won the battle of the boards 40-34, while only committing 8 turnovers compared to 19 for Detroit. The Eagles shot 49.2% from the field while holding the Titans to 38%. It was the first road victory of the young season for Eastern.

Corey Allen led Detroit with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting and Jaleel Hogan added 11 points and 9 boards.

Eastern Michigan will host Sienna Heights Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 in the Convocation Center.