EMU Basketball Wins the Day
EMU Men’s and Women’s basketball opened their seasons today, and quite successfully at that. The women opened the day by demolishing Kent State University-Tuscarawas (not to be confused with our MAC rival, Kent State University-Not Tuscarawas) by a score of 127-40. Freshman Sasha Dailey decided to put her name in the record book on the first day of her EMU career, with 31 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 9 steals. She also cured Ebola and solved the Russia/Ukrainian border dispute during halftime (way to go, Sasha!).
As for the men, the Eagles fought Saint Francis (that somehow doesn’t seem right) in a closer battle, winning the game 64-52. Karrington Ward finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 blocks, while graduate transfer Anali Okoloji added 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals in his first game as an Eagle.
The big news was that freshman Ethan Alvano started the game at point guard over fifth year senior Mike Talley. Freshman Tim Bond is out for at least a month, so there will be plenty of minutes for Talley and Alvano. If Rob Murphy thinks highly enough of Alvano to start him over Talley, that is a good thing. We’ll have to see how things develop. Today may have been Education First Day at the Convo, but for Murphy, every day is Defense First Day. Alvano may have the defensive edge on Talley.
As it was Education Day, kids from all over the area were bussed in to watch Eastern play the school that Pope Francis named himself after. It’s a tough game for us workin’ folk to make, but it is a fun atmosphere. Along with making the Convo cuter, having all the little rapscallions around gives EMU one of their best attended games of the year — with 2859 the total attendance.
I’ll throw down the gauntlet, right here, right now. If EMU has any home game this season with an attendance (actual people) higher than 2859, I vow to use the word “rapscallion” in every basketball post for the rest of the season.
EMU men will battle those lovable rapscallions from Oakland U. right here at the Convo on Monday night, while the women will have a quick turnaround before heading to East Lansing to battle Michigan State University-Tuscarawas.
Lots of EMU action over the next few days. Enjoy — and Go Green!