On Feb. 1, the Eastern Michigan University mens' basketball team lost to The University of Toledo (18-4, 10-1 MAC) 86-66 at the George Gervin GameAbove Center. This defeat brings the Eagles' record to 8-12 overall, 3-6 Mid-American Conference.
The third annual “glow night” took place during the Eagles vs. Rockets matchup. Fans that attended were given a free glow in the dark t-shirt and glow stick. Several groups from the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council performed during halftime.
In the first half, EMU was outscored 45-35 by UT. The second half had a similar result with the Rockets scoring 41-31 over the Eagles.
EMU had four players score in double figures. Freshman Noah Farrakhan had 17 points and four assists. His performance entered him into the top-10 all-time freshman scoring list for EMU. This is the tenth time this season that Farrakhan has scored 17-or-more points in a game.
In a post-game press conference hosted by EMU athletics, coach Stan Heath discussed Noah Farrakhan’s recent performances and impact on the program.
“He is a special freshman. He plays with a lot of confidence and plays with intensity as well,” said Heath.
If Farrakhan continues his 17 point game-average, his regular season point total will record him as the second highest freshman scorer of all-time at Eastern Michigan University.
“He has a bright future ahead of him. He’s got to keep working. He can be a guy that can be a leader and make some things happen for us,“ coach Heath continued.
Senior Nate Scott added 15 points, going 3-6 from the three point line. Senior Monty Scott and freshman Mo Njie both had 10 points.
Njie led the team in boards with eight rebounds, while N. Scott collected four rebounds and two steals.
The Eagles forced 13 Toledo turnovers, turning that into 11 points. However, EMU was out rebounded by UT 46-29.
“The rebounding game was a big deal. We’ve got to do a better job on the glass,” emphasized coach Heath.
The Eagles have a long weekend ahead of them, facing some of the best competition in the MAC. EMU will travel to Ohio University (17-3, 8-1) in Athens, OH to battle against the Bobcats on Feb. 3. The Eagles then travel from Athens, Ohio to Kent, Ohio to square off against Kent State University (12-9, 7-4) on Feb. 5.