After leading for 4.6 seconds of regulation, Eastern Michigan basketball team tops Western Michigan in overtime
The Eastern Michigan basketball team led for less than five seconds of regulation play against Western Michigan on Wednesday night.
But after a Broncos buzzer-beater foiled a late Eastern Michigan comeback and forced overtime, the Eagles hit 75-percent of their shots in the extra session to claim a 62-59 Mid-American Conference win in front of 1,008 at the Convocation Center.
Senior guard Antonio Green hit a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left in the second half to give Eastern Michigan (8-10, 3-1 MAC) its first lead of the game, 53-50.
Western Michigan’s Nate Hutcheson, who led all scorers with 21 points, answered with a 3-pointer of his own from the corner as time expired in regulation.
Green scored four of his team-high 11 points in overtime, including a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining. After shooting just 35-percent from the floor in regulation, the Eagles made 3-of-4 shots from the floor and 3-of-4 free throws in overtime.
Eastern Michigan took a 57-55 lead on a Green jumper with 2:44 remaining in overtime and never trailed again. Hutcheson had another chance to tie the game at the buzzer, but missed a last-second 3-pointer.
The win leaves the Eagles tied for the MAC West Division lead with Ball State (11-5, 3-1), which won 73-52 at Central Michigan on Wednesday.
EMU sophomore guard J.R. Sims finished with 10 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 59 seconds left in the second half.
Jamell Harris added nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds and Quintin Dailey scored nine points on 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range for the Eagles.
Matt Stainbrook had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Broncos (8-10, 2-2).
Eastern Michigan hosts Toledo at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.