The Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team got in its final tuneup before the start of regular season play on Friday by defeating Marygrove College 100-56 in its final exhibition game on Saturday.
The offense appeared ready to go. Sophomore center Matt Balkema and pre-season All Mid-American Conference pick Brandon Bowdry were just two of seven players to finish with double-digit points.
The Eagles’ defense got a tuneup as well.
The defense didn’t allow any points to Marygrove in the final seven minutes of the first half and were able to clean up the boards, out-rebounding them 47-32.
The Eagles open up regular-season play Friday in East Lansing against Michigan State University. MSU ranks No.2 in the preseason polls.
Women’s swim team opens season with loss
Eastern Michigan women’s swimming fell to 0-3 on the season, with its most recent loss to the Miami (Ohio) University Redhawks (1-3).
Briana Emig was successful individually. She placed first (10:17) in the 1,000-meter freestyle, 500 freestyle (5:02) and 400 individual medley (4:35).
Also finishing up with a solid performance in the 400 medley was Eagles’ second place finisher Jacquelyn Swartz (4:35).
EMU’s Sarah Maraskine finished second in the 100 backstroke (:57.98) and third in the 200 backstroke (2:09). She also helped the Eagles’ finish first in the 200 (:52.38 ) relay.