Three players in double figures overwhelmed the Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team as the hosting Ohio Bobcats took the win Wednesday night by a score of 79-65.
The story of the night belonged to Ohio’s senior forward DeVaughn Washington, who tied his season-high with 20 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double.
“He really beat us up in the post. He was quicker to the ball and did a great job,” EMU coach Charles Ramsey.
Behind him were teammates Nick Kellogg who scored 15 points and D.J. Cooper who scored 12 points while dishing out seven assists.
Eagles’ senior forward Brandon Bowdry had his third-lowest output of the season, scoring just eight points in a season-low 20 minutes of play. Bowdry only attempted and made one field goal at the 18:48 mark in the first half and was then held scoreless for the next 22 minutes.
“Foul trouble, foul trouble, foul trouble,” Ramsey said.
Bowdry picked up two fouls within 19 seconds of each other, which forced Ramsey to bench him early in the first half, resulting in his season low in minutes.
“We had 13 fouls in the first half when the entire game against Central Michigan [last Sunday] we had 13 for the entire game,” Ramsey said. “ It’s very difficult on the road to play out of foul trouble.”
Another comparison to last game was how Central scored a game-total 38 points and in the following game, EMU let Ohio score 35 points in the first half alone.
EMU shot 44 percent from both the floor in the loss. Sophomore guard Derek Thompson led EMU with 13 points, scoring nine points off 3-for-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 5-14 on this season, 2-4 in the Mid-American Conference. Ohio notches its ninth win of the year after losing three straight games.
The Eagles are back in action 3 p.m. on Saturday when they travel to Bowling Green (9-11, 4-2 MAC). Despite Bowling Green being first in the MAC, Ramsey is persistent.
“We are going to prepare for them like we prepare for everyone,” he said. “We know what we have to do, we just have to execute and see if we can play some solid basketball.”