Eastern Michigan basketball loses late lead, falls in overtime at Miami (Ohio)
The Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team lost an 11-point lead in the final minutes of regulation and lost 62-57 in overtime at Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday night.
The Eagles (10-12, 5-3 MAC West) led 45-34 with 3:28 remaining, but the RedHawks finished the game on a 12-1 run to force overtime.
Senior forward Julian Mavunga capped a strong performance by hitting 8 of 10 free throws in the final 44 seconds of overtime to keep Miami (6-14, 2-6 MAC East) in the lead down the stretch.
Mavunga finished with 19 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists.
Miami trailed 46-41 with 1:27 remaining in regulation. After Quinten Rollins' layup cut the lead to three points, Mavunga blocked a layup attempt by Darrell Lampley and assisted on Jon Harris' 3-pointer with 18 seconds left that forced overtime.
EMU's DaShonte Riley scored the first points of overtime, but Miami then went on a 10-0 run and hit its free throw down the stretch.
The Eagles, who were led by Lampley's 17 points, opened the second half on an 11-0 scoring run to take a 30-22 lead. Derek Thompson scored 11 points off the bench for EMU.
Miami, which had lost its last four games, extended its winning streak against the Eagles to 16 games.
The loss didn’t impact EMU’s place atop the MAC West standings because six MAC East squads swept the league’s crossover games on Wednesday. Ball State (12-8, 4-4) and Western Michigan (10-12, 4-4) remain one game back.
Crossover games continue on Saturday, when the Eagles travel to Akron.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.