The Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball team (2-5, 0-0 MAC) traveled to San Diego, California to face off against UC San Diego (5-2, 0-0 Big West) on Thursday, Dec. 2. The Eagles fell short, 83-74, to the Tritons.
The loss to the Triton’s records the Eagle’s fifth loss of the season.
Eastern Michigan went on a 6-0 run with 6 minutes left in the half after being down 25-24. Despite a 10 point attribution from freshman Colin Golson Jr. and a late scoring effort from from senior Monty Scott to take the lead, the Eagles would enter halftime down 40-39.
The Eagles were hot in the first half, as they hit their first four shots of the game and finished the half shooting 56% from the field. Before the game at UC San Diego, the Eagles had opened just two of its first six games with a made basket.
After halftime, UC San Diego stretched the lead, creating a 52-43 advantage over Eastern Michigan. A 6-0 run for the Eagles cut the lead to 3 with a little over 10 minutes left to play. The Tritons quickly answered back with a run of their own, outscoring the Eagles for the rest of the matchup. The Tritons secured an 83-74 win over the Eagles.
Senior Monty Scott, junior Bryce McBride, and freshman Colin Golson Jr. all scored 16 points a piece. The 16-point performance for Golson tied his career-high in points.
The Eagles scoring efforts against UC San Diego marked the fifth time that at least 3 EMU players have scored 10+ points this season. It also marked the third time that EMU has gotten 15+ points from a trio of players. Monty Scott recorded his sixth straight game posting a double-digit scoring effort.
Following the defeat to UC San Diego, Eastern Michigan’s record sits at 2-5 on the season.
EMU returns home to Ypsilanti to face-off against NCAA Division II Northwood University on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. You can catch the action on ESPN3.
For more information on EMU Men’s hoops, you can visit EMUEagles.com.