As the clock wound down, the stadium filled with loud praise as the Eastern Michigan University (13-16, 8-6 MAC) men’s basketball team defeated division rival Ball State University (13-14, 4-10 MAC) 61-50.
Eastern’s field goal percentage was 37 percent while Ball State shot 47 percent from the field. Eastern scored just 20 points in the first half, but was able to hold Ball State to 22 points.
Darrell Lampley gave a strong performance with 13 points, eight assists and five rebounds while his teammate, Antonio Green, had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks. The two helped the Eagles achieve victory on senior day, as Lampley and Green along with Kamil Janton and Quinton Dailey were honored in the home finale of their college careers.
The Eagles out-rebounded Ball State by nine rebounds and attempted, and converted, more free throws. Shooting 20-of-23 and Ball State only converting 4-of-11 from the charity stripe.
The next meeting for the Eagles will be against Western Michigan (12-16, 6-7 MAC). The game will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 29 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.