Well, at least it was a tight game for a little bit.
The Eagles held their own early on, playing the Blue Devils well and were only down two at 22-20 with seven minutes left in the first half. After that, though, the Eagles went on a six minute field goal drought and went into halftime down ten. A lot of things have to go right to make an upset happen, and a drought that long isn't one of them.
|Final - 12.28.2013||1||2||Total|
|Eastern Michigan Eagles||27||32||59|
|Duke Blue Devils||37||45||82|
The second half didn't go much better as the Eagles just couldn't chip away at the lead. They never got closer than ten, and a twenty-three point loss was probably expected in a hostile environment against a good team.
Mike Talley had yet another great game, pouring in twenty points on 7-17 shooting. Talley was joined in double figures by Karrington Ward (11 points) and J.R. Sims (10). Eastern Michigan only hit 56% of their free throws and were just 4-18 from the three point line. Again, against a team like Duke this is pretty much expected, but it's something that Rob Murphy will be a little concerned about.
Next up for the Eagles during their gauntlet of a non-conference schedule is a game at #2 Syracuse on New Year's Eve. The Orange will be the fourth ranked team the Eagles have faced this season, and the third top-ten opponent.