Coming off the loss to State University at Buffalo, the Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team regained momentum by completing the season sweep of Central Michigan, 71-56, Tuesday night in Ypsilanti.
EMU forward Brandon Nazione and center James Thompson had double-doubles for the Eagles in their second straight game. Thompson would lead the Eagles with 19 points
“I thought tonight we showed consistency on both ends of the floor for 40 minutes," EMU coach Rob Murphy said. “We were in tune each and every possession.”
The Eagles again got off to a hot start, going on a 13-2 run to start the game. Central Michigan then would go on a run of its own to drop the lead to three. Eastern picked up the pace and went on a 15-2 run to take a 35-18 lead. The Eagles would hold off Central Michigan to go into the half leading by fifteen.
The Eagles kept their momentum going in the second half, keeping a double digit lead through the first ten minutes of the second half. The Eagles cut the lead to seven with five minutes left in the game. Raven Lee hit a three to put the lead back to ten with three and a half minutes left. The Eagles then made some quick plays to get to the hoop to extend the lead to fourteen minutes left with 42 seconds left and would run out the clock to victory
“I can’t say enough about his team," Murphy said. “We just have to continue getting better each and every day.”
The Eagles will stay at home for a matchup against Kent State University on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 12 p.m.