On Tuesday, January 10th, the Eastern Michigan Eagles took down the Bowling Green Falcons in an 81-53 romp on the road in Bowling Green.
The Eagles benefited from a scorching hot shooting performance where the team sank 58 percent of its shots while Bowling Green only managed to make about a third of its. Not only were the Eagles hot on offense but they also got the job done on the boards as well as on the defense side of the ball.
Eastern Michigan won the turnover battle with six more steals than the Falcons with both center Baylee Steele and forward Jordan Nobles picking up three on the day. On the boards, the Eagles were be lead by Forward James Thompson who tallied up 11 to secure himself a double-double. Offensively, the Eagles dominated the matchup, obtaining their first double digit lead with just over ten minutes left to play in the first half.
In addition to Thompson’s 16 points, guard Willie Mangum added in 19 while making five out of his eight three point attempts. Despite swapping swings in scoring between the Bobcats and Eagles, Eastern Michigan was able to control this game from tip to final whistle.
With this win, the Eagles reach 10-6 on the season with an early 2-1 record within Mid-American Conference action. The team will look to continue where they left off against Bowling Green in Athens, Ohio on Saturday, January 14th, when they take on the Ohio Bobcats. Ohio comes into the matchup with a solid 11-3 record overall. The Eagles will look to give the Bobcats their first loss of the season in conference play as Ohio comes into the match 3-1 in the MAC. This game will be a true test to see how ready the Eastern Michigan Eagles are to fully get in the swing of MAC Basketball.