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Eastern Michigan vs Michigan (Basketball)

EMU men's basketball fall to Winthrop in Cancun Challenge Finale, 101-87

Tyson Acuff records career-high 25 points in Cancun Challenge Finale

All five starters for the Eastern Michigan University’s men’s basketball team scored in double figures but lost, 101-87, in the final game of the 2022 Cancun Challenge, Nov. 23, against Winthrop University. 

Sophomore Tyson Acuff recorded a career-high 25 points, which surpassed his 18 points scored at Oakland University Nov. 19. 

Acuff’s point total ties him with Ricky Cottrill for the most points scored by an Eagle in an international game with 25 points. The Detroit native also hit 11-of-19 shots which surpassed Lorenzo Neely’s record of the most made baskets in an international game. 

EMU fell behind quickly in the contest with 47-37 heading into halftime. Winthrop maintained its lead after intermission with 75-55, before sophomore Emoni Bates finished EMU’s 5-0 run, shooting a three, which decreased the deficit to 75-60 with 8:15 remaining in the match. 

The Eagles could not manage a comeback as Winthrop held the lead for the 101-87 victory. 

Freshman Legend Geeter recorded his first career double-double scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds, becoming the eighth player to record a double-double in an international game. Geeter led the Eagles with three steals and two assists, both of which tie career-highs for the Michigan native. 

Bates tallied 15 points and six rebounds adding one steal and the team's lone blocked shot. Sophomore Noah Farrakhan finished with 17 points, joining Bates knocking down four treys. Forward Colin Golson Jr. was the fifth player to score double points with 10 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal. 

The Eagles scored 31 baskets, including nine threes as a team. 

The Eagles returned home for their next game to host the Tritons of the University of California-San Diego Sunday, Nov. 27, inside the George Gervin GameAbove Center.