Eastern Michigan has been kind of an enigma this year. I expected them to lose to Duke and Kansas but I didn’t expect them to lose so bad to Duke. I expected them to beat their NAIA opponents but not so close. I was hoping they would keep it close against Buffalo, but we know that result of that game.
As they hosted the Golden Flashes, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Kent State was sitting at 12-3 and the Eagles were 7-8. I was expecting a game where the Eagles would hang for about a half and then get put away by the Golden Flashes. Instead, I got something else.
It seemed like from the opening buzzer, Eastern Michgan game to play. Kent State held on for a bit but Eastern Michigan’s shooting proved to be too much for them. Elijah Minnie lead the scoring with 22 points and he was 5 for 9 from three point land. He was helped by James Thompson IV. Overall, Eastern Michigan was 65% from the field and they almost matched that from three point land at 63%. They were 71 from the charity stripe.
It seemed like Kent State never found their grove. Their leading scorer was Jaylin Walker with 14 points. They were 35% from the field and only 32% from three point land. They had an abysmal 50% from the free throw line.
Eastern Michigan takes to the road to face Akron on Tuesday. Then they continue to Buffalo for the rematch on Friday. Kent State travels to Athens to face the Ohio Bobcats.