Eastern trips the Zips, moves to 5-7 in the MAC

 

The Eastern Michigan Eagles captured a win in their journey through the Mid-American Conference play defeating the Akron Zips 78-75.

The victory moves EMU to 16-9 on the season and 5-7 in the MAC. Akron falls to 17-8 and 8-4 in the MAC. Eagle’s guard, Raven Lee, put up a game high of 32 points; nearly equaling his 33 point tally in the loss to Ohio on Feb. 7.

Lee averaged 62 percent in the field goal range shooting 8-of-13 along with an 86 percent shooting from behind the free-throw line, dropping 13 out of 15 attempts.

“Ray Lee did an unbelievable job with scoring the basketball,” Eagles head coach, Rob Murphy said. “Tonight he did a tremendous job defensively; contesting shots, keeping the ball out of the high post, and making really difficult for their [Akron] guards to see the rim. He didn’t allow much penetration.”

Karrington Ward (F) added 15 points to the Eagles win, shooting 46 percent from the floor along with 4 blocks and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Tim Bond dished in 12 points while Mike Talley (G) add along 8 points.

The Eagles shot 61.5 percent from the field, 66.7 percent from behind the arc and 63.6 percent from the free-throw line.

As the second half unfolded, the Eagles continued to run at a steady pace keeping the Zips to a 12 point deficit.

Eventually the Zips cut Eastern’s lead to six with less than 6 minutes left in the game as Akron’s guard Noah Robotham knocked down two big shots from behind the arc.

The Zips tried to keep up the rally cutting the Eagles lead down to three, 73-70, with 25 seconds remaining.

Unfortunately for Akron, Lee and Ward knocked down some crucial free-throws to keep the lead and take home another win.

“I have to give a lot of credit to Akron, they were down 15 and cut the lead to three; those guys were aggressive attacking the glass,” Murphy said. “This is a pretty good win for us but we have to continue to move forward.”

EMU will next play Wednesday, Feb. 18, when they host the University of Buffalo at the Convocation Center. Tip-off begins at 7 p.m.


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