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In Pictures: Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles (MBB)

A late-game rainbow from Eugene German rains on Eastern Michigan’s parade.

Sometimes you only need one picture to tell the story of the game.
Kenneth Bailey
the Eastern Michigan cheerleaders
Kenneth Bailey

At a time when every win counts, Eastern Michigan let one slip away from them.

In a game that was pretty much a microcosm of their season, Eastern Michigan led by a much as 17 points in the first half but that lead got away from them and they were only ahead by a basket at the beginning of the first half. They started the first half pretty well and had a 9 point lead with 7 minutes to go. It was around that point of the game when Northern Illinois found their wheels.

I’m not sure if I can point at one thing that caused this, but it seems like a theme came back from writing on another blog. At one point, when they needed a free throw, it didn’t go in. When Eastern Michigan needed to put the game away, they couldn’t buy a basket. When it mattered, Northern Illinois’ Eugene German sunk the three pointer with 5 seconds left in the game to give the Huskies the victory. Eugene German was also the game’s leading scorer with 27 points.

Eastern Michigan’s Thomas Benelli would lead the Eagles in scoring with 26 points, with 18 of those points from three-point land.

Eastern Michigan will host Central Michigan for their final home game. Northern Illinois stays in Michigan to face the Broncos in Kalamazoo on Saturday.