Coming off the controversial loss to Ball State University, the Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team would lose its fourth straight game to the Kent State University Golden Flashes, 73-58, in Kent, OH.
Despite Eastern Michigan center James Thompson scoring his second consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, it wasn’t enough. Raven Lee would be the top scorer for the Eagles, finishing with 15 points and four steals.
The Eagles quickly got off to a flying start, going on a 6-0 run in the first two minutes of the game, with four of those points coming from Thompson. The Eagles gained momentum, going on a 17-4 run to have a 17-4 lead with twelve minutes left in the first half. With EMU leading by nine with four minutes left in the half, Kent State would battle back to cut the lead to four with under two minutes left in the half. Kent State continued to chip at the lead, trailing 33-32 going into halftime.
Kent State got off to an early lead in the second half, taking a two point lead five minutes in. The Eagles quickly tied it up 35-35. The Eagles took a two point lead before Kent State went on a 7-2 scoring run to put them up 48-41 midway through the second half.
Kent State opened up the lead, quickly extending their lead to fifteen with three and a half minutes remaining. Kent State held off the Eagles defensively to hold their fifteen point lead and seal the game away.
The Eagles will continue this road trip when they play Western Michigan Saturday Jan. 30. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.