I wasn’t sure what to expect from tonight’s game. I mean, they beat Central earlier in the season but this team has seemed inconsistent at times. I wasn’t sure what version of the Eagles was going to show up tonight. For the most part, it was the good version of the Eagles. Once they took the lead, they never looked back, although there were a couple points where things were getting nervous as CMU closed the gap. Fortunately, Eastern was able to seal the deal.
This was a night to remember. Once the Eagles got their first point, they never lost the lead again. At one point in the game they were leading by as much as 35 points. They would go on to defeat the RedHawks of Miami 94 to 69.
That was a horribly ugly second half, and we have some ugly final stats to go with it. Read more…
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- EMU vs Kent State Golden Flashes
- Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center, Kent, OH
Fun fact: Built in 1950, the MAC Center is the oldest basketball venue in the Mid-American Conference.
About Kent State University
- Location: Kent, Ohio
- Founded: 1910
- Enrollment: 41,005 (all campuses); 30,067 (Kent campus)
- Nickname: Golden Flashes
- Colors: Navy blue and gold
- Head coach: Rob Senderoff (5th season at Kent State and overall)
- Conference: Mid-American Conference
On Saturday, January 23, 2016, at the end of the second overtime in the Ball State vs. Eastern Michigan men’s basketball game, several errors were committed by two of the officials assigned to that game.
In response to these errors, the Mid-American Conference has suspended the officials from two conference games and they will not be considered for 2016 post-season assignments in the conference tournament.
The Mid-American Conference holds its officiating staff to the highest standards. To that end, multiple errors in judgment on one play, as in this case, must be met with swift and firm disciplinary action.
“The final play of the game was not handled appropriately by several officials and unfortunately took away from what was a highly competitive and entertaining game for the competing students and fans,” MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said. “I along with our membership have higher expectations and as a result have directed our coordinator of men’s basketball officials to take appropriate disciplinary action, including multiple-game suspensions.”
I decided to stick around for the women’s game. I don’t normally go to the women’s games but I do find them enjoyable.
I’m going to get it out of the way now. I’m not a believer in the idea that refs will blow a game for a team. You can’t boil a game down to one specific incident where you can say, “Ah ha! That was the moment.” Eastern Michigan had plenty of opportunities where trips down to the basket resulted in no points. And of course, there is the occasional free throw issue. That being said, the way the game ended was very disappointing. There should have been one of two outcomes on the play in question, a foul on one of at least three Ball State players or traveling on Brandon Nazione. Sometimes I wonder if refs are so afraid of getting accused of causing a defeat that they don’t make calls that they should. And in the end, when it is a blatant non-call like this one, they affected the outcome of the game. More after the jump.
When you want to complain about officiating where you are, remember this from the MAC. My word. Ball State wins. pic.twitter.com/Jz1Mdo4LFi
— Ray Curren (@currenrr) January 23, 2016
Very simply, a referee who lets something like that final sequence happen is not fit to be working a middle school game, much less Division I.
Today’s refs were Todd Williams, John Gaston, and Robert Kruger. Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Williams has refereed a game that was decided on an erroneous call in the final seconds.