Eastern Michigan University's men's basketball team bounced back from a Mid-American Conference loss to overtake in-state opponent Western Michigan University, 56-37, inside the Convocation Center, Tuesday evening, Jan. 14. With the win, the Eagles are boosted to a 10-6 (2-1 MAC) record and a share for the lead of the MAC West Division, while the Broncos fall to 9-6 (2-1 MAC). The 37 points scored by the Broncos are the fewest allowed since the Green and White held Northern Illinois University to 25 points, Jan. 26, 2013.
The Eagles were led by Darell Combs, who had 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field, and Mike Talley whose 14 points came from going 3-of-5 from three-point range and hitting five free throws. Talley also led the team in assists with three and notched an additional three steals. Despite Talley's effort on defense, the leader in steals was Daylen Harrison, who had a career-high five steals in the contest.
Another notable performance came from redshirt-senior Glenn Bryant. With 13 minutes to go in the first half, the Bryant poked away a pass on the perimeter and raced alone toward the other end of the court. When he and WMU freshman Tucker Haymond met at the other basket, Bryant rose above him and threw down a one-handed dunk that sent the Convocation Center in a frenzy. ESPN's Sportscenter soon picked up the highlight on its Twitter feed, saying Bryant channeled Blake Griffin with the dunk. The play came in at No. 4 on the show's Top 10 plays of Tuesday night.
A day after the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team defeated Western Michigan University, 56-37, the players and staff spent some time visiting with children at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Jan. 15. The Eagles mingled with the kids and their parents, signed autographs, posed for photographs, and handed out EMU gift bags on Wednesday afternoon.
Despite losing all three games that it has played in at McGuirk Arena, the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team reversed the trend in Mount Pleasant, Mich. by defeating Central Michigan University, 72-59, for the first time on the road since the 2008-09 season. With the victory, Eastern is tied for the lead in the Mid-American Conference with a tally of 3-1 in MAC games, while owning an 11-6 overall record. Central is now 7-9 on the season and 0-4 in conference play. The win is Eastern's second MAC win on the road, which ties the amount of conference road games that EMU won during the 2012-13 season.
Mike Talley was the high-scorer in the game, tying his career-best 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting. In addition, Talley was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Karrington Ward the glass for EMU pulling down a career-high 15 rebounds to go along with 15 points. Raven Lee provided 10 points off the bench, going 4-of-7 from the floor. As a team, the Green and White shot 43.8 percent from the floor (21-of-48), while knocking down 82.9 percent (29-of-35) of their shots at the charity stripe.
The Eagles return home for three-straight games, starting Wednesday, Jan. 22, when Eastern hosts the reigning MAC Tournament Champion, University of Akron, for a 7 p.m. contest at the Convocation Center. The game will be televised by the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (TWC) in Ohio and New York, and offered to ESPN for inclusion on ESPN3, Watch ESPN and ESPN Full Court. TWC will also work with affiliates in the MAC footprint concerning distribution in Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana (Comcast Michigan, Comcast Indiana, Comcast Sports Net Chicago, Charter).