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EMU Basketball Wins the Day

November 14, 2014

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!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2014 7:31 am

    I’m glad the season is starting. I’m also still wondering why Kent St. Tusc only had five players.

  2. Carter Adler permalink*
    November 16, 2014 9:35 am

    Tuscarawas County is a reasonably nice place, but KSU-Tusc. is just a small step up from a community college, offering mostly associate degrees. Their basketball team schedules “area ORCC member schools, area two-year colleges and JV teams of area four-year colleges and universities.”

  3. Carter Adler permalink*
    November 16, 2014 9:43 am

    Also, re attendance, since there’s no NCAA minimum for hoops, I think we can usually rely on announced numbers to be reasonably representative of actual attendance. EMU’s total home men’s basketball attendance last season was 17,114, an average of 901 fans per game, worst in the MAC and 23rd worst in Division I. MAC average was 2,869.

  4. Block E permalink
    November 17, 2014 10:59 am

    From the Kent State-Tusca basketball team website:

    “The Kent State Tuscarawas Women’s Basketball team plays a very competitive schedule against area Ohio Regional Campus Conference (ORCC) member schools and four-year colleges and universities.

    Students taking seven credits at any of the Kent State Campuses are eligible to compete. The season runs from early November through February.

    Please contact Coach Amanda Marino at marinoal25@yahoo.com or 330.339.3391 ext. 47591 if you are interested.”

  5. Green Marlashi permalink
    November 17, 2014 11:37 am

    Despite all the hype about our men’s team guards the outside shooting against St Francis was outright horrible. They’ll need to improve that against real Division I competition. I have to say I wasn’t impressed with the total effort against St Francis we’ll find out over the next 10 days when we face some real live Div I competition.

    • November 17, 2014 1:10 pm

      Still better then the football team right now.

      • Ken permalink
        November 17, 2014 2:15 pm

        Ouch.

  6. Green Marlashi permalink
    November 17, 2014 1:16 pm

    Rob, that’s not saying much. Why is Tim Bond out for a month?

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