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Michigan State Spartans 89, EMU 65

December 23, 2015

Eastern Michigan made the trip to East Lansing Monday night to take on No. 3 ranked Michigan State. As you might have expected, the Spartans, who led by 34 at one point, beat the Eagles 89-65.

Ty Toney led the way for the Eagles (2-1) with 18 points. Willie Mangum III added 10.

Deyonta Davis paced the Spartans (4-0) with 16 points. He was one of five MSU players in double figures.

The Eagles got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Eastern was playing some good defense, forcing Michigan State to take several bad shots. However, fouls were a problem for the Eagles. Michigan State was in the bonus with 10:15 to go in the first half.

The highlight of the half, literally, was Tim Bond’s one-handed dunk on a fast break late in the first half.

At the half, Eastern was down 40-25.

Michigan State ran away with it in the second half, extending its lead to as much as 34 (77-43, 5:54 remaining), on the way to the 24-point win.

EMU is off until Wednesday, when it takes on Marygrove at the Convocation Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

3 Comments
  1. November 24, 2015 3:41 pm

    This game was hard to watch at points, with players just launching shots, instead of running the offense. At one point Magnum was, I think, 1-11. There were a few missed opportunities in the 1st half that could of kept the game closer but Sparty came out of the half on a sprint while EMU was still getting their sea legs. They did good in not letting this game become a 30-40 point blowout loss, which it easily could have been.

    I don’t know if it’s the new rules or not but it seems that EMU is getting a lot more fouls called on them than in the last few years.

    • Andy Dufresne permalink
      November 24, 2015 4:59 pm

      Jump shooting teams don’t draw as many fouls.

      As far as last night’s game, the fouls ended up being pretty even.

      Admittedly, I don’t watch as much basketball as I do football here, but the few games I go to, it seems like EMU always settles for long range, low percentage jump shots.

      • November 24, 2015 5:20 pm

        Yeah they have been settling for poor shoots so far this season. Yes by the end of the game the fouls ending up being even with State having one more but that wasn’t the story early on.

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