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The Eagles Dump the Rockets

February 20, 2016

So the Rockets made the trek from Toledo. I think they were hoping to catch Eagles after their loss against the Bobcats. After Thompson got the jump ball, the Eagles had other plans. Eastern opened up the scoring and never looked back.

Things got a little more interesting as Toledo came pretty close to tie up the game but the Eagles managed to pull away again.

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The Good:
1. Eastern was nearly 70% from three point land. There was a point in the game where I think they made 6 or 7 in a row. That gave them a pretty significant lead at one point.
2. Brandon Nazione was the Eagles leading scorer with 21 points and it seemed like he was scoring from just about everywhere.
3. Eastern managed to spread the scoring around. Four players had double digits. Nazione had 21, Mangum had 19, Raven had 18 and Ty Toney had 17. When Eastern needed the free throws, they were knocking them in.
The Bad:
1. James Thompson looked like a freshman today. He got two quick fouls and was pretty quiet for most of the game.
2. Second half shooting was at 55%. This almost allowed Toledo to steal the win.
3. Toledo got 25 points off turnovers.
The Ugly:
1. The Refs again.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2016 11:14 pm

    Hey Ken,

    JT4 probably got angry with coach, because coach called his last game immature when he fouled out. Coach apparently felt he should not have gotten two technical fouls and lose the game by 19 or something like that.

    If this conjecture on my part is correct, coach needs to explain to JT4 that he’s part of something larger then just himself. He represents the team and the school.

    If he keeps working hard and manages his attitude and his game well, he could be Freshman of the Year and help take the team to the tournaments. It makes no sense to lose an honor after all his hard work. Is this what could be going on?

    Managing attitudes and teaching character are the hardest intangibles to coach, especially to young men who have that “fire” in their belly.

    What do you think???

    1970 EMU ALUMNUS

    • Ken permalink
      February 22, 2016 9:24 am

      Shortly after his second foul, he was out for the rest of the first half (if I’m remembering correctly). So it is entirely possible he was being benched to teach that lesson. I like him. I really like him and with some discipline, he could be a pretty dangerous player. Something tells me that Murphy sees the same thing. So we’ll see.

      • Block E permalink
        February 22, 2016 4:29 pm

        I think JT4 stayed on the bench because the lineup on the floor was shooting 80% and 88% for 3PT for that half. There was no reason to risk that 3rd foul in the 1st half.

      • Ken permalink
        February 22, 2016 5:02 pm


  2. February 22, 2016 2:07 pm


    Sounds like he getting JT4 ready for a run at it. Benching him for the remainder of the first half is kinda unusual, but not unheard of. JT4 will be an outstanding player if he continues to listen in a constructive way. The criticism isn’t about his character, its about his play. If it all comes together, maybe the “Iceman” indeed cometh again. Haven’t been to a game yet, because of their inconsistency. Will go when I don’t have to drive a 110 miles and watch a “stinkeroo”. I mean a loss like against Ohio University.

    1970 EMU ALUMNUS

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