Eastern Michigan men and women's basketball teams pick up MAC wins
Getting to town more than 24 hours before tip-off helped the Akron basketball team miss the predicted winter storm on Tuesday night.
But arriving in Ypsilanti late Tuesday afternoon didn’t help the Zips avoid some cold shooting in a 60-56 loss to Eastern Michigan at the Convocation Center on Wednesday night.
Brandon Bowdry finished with a game-high 25 points and Eastern Michigan (6-15, 3-5 MAC West) pulled away for the Mid-American Conference crossover win with a 16-3 second half run.
Akron, which hit 30-percent (19 of 62) of its shots, made just one over that nine-minute span as the Eagles extended a 33-32 lead to 49-35 with six minutes left to play.
The Zips (12-10, 3-5 MAC East) went 1-for-12 from the floor during the run, with a three-point play by Zeke Marshall accounting for their only points. Marshall scored a team-high 15 points.
Akron had scored the first 11 points of the second half to go up 30-27.
Eastern took a 27-19 halftime after Jay Higgins and Derek Thompson both went 2-for-3 from 3-point range over the first 20 minutes. Bowdry took over in the second half, scoring 16 of his 25 points. He also pulled down 12 rebounds.
Darrell Lampley scored eight points, including three free throws in the last 40 seconds to help hold off a late Akron rally. (Boxscore)
With the win, Eastern Michigan assistant coach Carl Thomas gained some bragging rights over his twin brother Charles, an assistant at Akron. They played played at EMU from 1988-91.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Cassie Schrock’s 30-point performance led the Eastern Michigan women’s basketball team to a 75-66 win at Kent State on Wednesday night.
Schrock scored nine points during a four-minute stretch that saw the Eagles turn a 16-14 deficit into a 25-16 lead with 4:56 left in the first half. Eastern would lead 40-23 at halftime and cruise to its fifth consecutive Mid-American Conference road win.
Kent State, which lost at home for the first time this season, got 24 points from Taisja Jones. Tavelyn James scored 16 points and Syndey Huntley had 11 points and eight rebounds for Eastern.
The Eagles (16-7, 7-2) remain one game behind Toledo (16-6, 8-1) in the MAC West standings. Kent State (15-6, 6-3) drops into a first-place tie with Bowling Green in the MAC East.
Schrock, a senior guard, went 10-for-19 from the floor and added three steals and two assists.