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Posted on Sat, Dec 4, 2010 : 11:49 p.m.

Eastern Michigan men's basketball falls short in 54-49 loss to North Dakota

By AnnArbor.com Staff

MOSCOW, Idaho -- The Eastern Michigan men's basketball team held North Dakota without a field goal for the final 10 minutes of their Basketball Travelers Classic game on Saturday night.

Free throws, however, were another story.

After the game was tied at 47-47, the Fighting Sioux went 7 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final 90 seconds to clinch a 54-49 win. North Dakota scored 21 of its 27 second-half points from the line.

Troy Huff came off the bench to help North Dakota (3-4) snap a three-game losing streak.

Eastern (1-5) lost its fourth straight. The Eagles were led by Brandon Bowdry, who scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

A Bowdry lay-in tied the score at 47-47 with 1:21 remaining and his layup with 22.7 seconds left pulled the Eagles within 51-49.

After North Dakota split its ensuing free throw attempts, Eastern's Antonio Green missed a 3-point attempt to tie the game. The Eagles were forced to foul and the Sioux finished out the game at the line.

Jay Higgins chipped in 10 points and Jamell Harris had eight rebounds and four blocks for EMU.

Eastern completes the three-day, round-robin tournament against host Idaho at 9 p.m. Sunday.