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Posted on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 : 11:44 p.m.

Eastern Michigan men's and women's basketball open with wins, Michigan volleyball falls

By Staff

The Eastern Michigan men's basketball team outscored Illinois-Chicago 33-16 over the final 12 minutes on Friday night, earning the Eagles a 68-57 comeback win in coach Rob Murphy's first game.

Junior guard Derek Thompson scored 17 points for the Eagles as they opened their season with a win in front of an announced crowd of 1,208 at the Convocation Center.

Darrell Lampley (12) and Matt Balkema (10) also reached double-digit scoring totals while Kamil Janton had seven points and seven rebounds.

Eastern Michigan led 27-26 at halftime, but Illinois-Chicago raced to a 38-31 advantage just four minutes into the second half.

The Eagles took over at that point. They tied the game at 45-45 with 9:04 to play and built a six-point lead, 59-53, with 3:48 left when Thompson made a twisting put-back lay-up.

The Flames would pull within 59-55, with 3:14 left, but Eastern Michigan built the lead to double digits at the end.

Paris Carter had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Illinois-Chicago.


Eastern Michigan 83, Northeastern 53: Senior guard Tavelyn James scored a school-record 42 points (beating her own record, set last season, by two points) to lead the Eagles to a lopsided season-opening win in Boston. Olivia Fouty (12 points) and Desyree Thomas (10) also reached double-digit scoring for Eastern Michigan. (Details)


Wisconsin 3, Michigan 1: The Wolverines (17-10, 5-10) fell to 3-6 in Big Ten road games with a 25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 27-25. Michigan's Molly Toon, the daughter of former Wisconsin wide receiver Al Toon, recorded 10 kills for the first time in her career. (Details)