Final: EMU 89, Oakland 77
The Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team took on the Oakland University Grizzlies Monday at the Convocation Center. The Eagles won, 89-77.
Eastern’s 89 points is the most since Rob Murphy was hired in 2011.
Ray Lee was the leading scorer for the Eagles (2-0). He had 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting (3-of-6 from three-point range).
Karrington Ward added 22 points and 12 rebounds – his first double-double of the season.
Max Hooper had 18 points for the Grizzlies (0-2) – all from three-point range.
Three other OU players were in double digits – Kahlil Felder and Tom McCune (15), and Corey Petros (13).
The Eagles went on a 12-2 run midway through the half, taking a 26-13 lead – its largest lead of the half.
Oakland outscored EMU 23-16 in the last 6:47, but the Eagles maintained the three point lead at the break.
OU took its first lead of the game with 17:00 left in the second half on a three from Max Hooper.
The second half was hotly contested, but the Eagles pulled away in the last two minutes – leading 87-77 with a minute left.
News and notes
Anali Okoloji was assessed a technical foul with 16:17 remaining in regulation.
Tom McCune fouled out for Oakland with 4:49 remaining in the second half.
Jalen Hayes fouled out for Oakland with 2:25 remaining in the second half.
The Eagles take on Youngstown State University on Friday.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.