Since I didn’t go to the Bowling Green or Kent States games and Eastern has been on the road for five out of the last seven games, this has been the first Eastern Michigan game I’ve been to since watching them get dismantled by Buffalo. I was kind of hoping that it would be a good game since both teams seemed pretty evenly matched based on their records. Sadly that wasn’t case.
Eastern Michigan managed to get the opening jump ball but they didn’t score on the ensuing possession. The RedHawks would get the defensive rebound and the scoring was started by a Dalonte Brown layup. Miami would get the next basket to extend the lead to 4. Eastern Michigan would get on the board after Boubacar Toure would make one of his two free throws. Elijah Minnie would get the next basket to bring Eastern Michigan within one point and that would be the closest Eastern Michigan would be for the rest of the game.
The Miami RedHawks would be led in scoring by Dalonte Brown and Jalen Adaway who had 15 points each. Despite shooting from the field for 28.1% in the first half, the RedHawks would go into the locker room leading 25-17. Miami’s shooting from the field improved to 40.9% in the second half but I think the difference maker was them going 20 for 25 from the free throw line.
Paul Jackson led Eastern Michigan in scoring with 16 points. Boubacar Toure was also of note because he got a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Despite that Eastern Michigan had four fewer offensive rebounds that Miami. Eastern Michigan was 33% from the field in the first half and improved slightly to 35.7% in the second half. They were a dismal 11 for 20 from the free throw line. Also of note, James Thompson IV did not play in the first half.
Eastern Michigan falls to 9 and 13 with a 3 and 6 record in the MAC. Miami improves to 12 and 12 and 4 and 5 in the MAC. Eastern Michigan returns to the Convocation Center for their next game on February 9th to face the Northern Illinois Huskies. The RedHawks travel to Kent State to face the Golden Flashes on February 5th.