Eastern Michigan men's basketball loses at Central Michigan, EMU women top Ball State
The last time Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan met on the hardwood, the Eagles limited their intra-state rivals to a season-low 38 points.
Trey Ziegler made sure there’d be no repeat performance in Mount Pleasant on Wednesday night. The Chippewas’ freshman guard scored a game-high 24 points on 11 of 14 shooting, including a pair of late baskets in a 66-60 Mid-American Conference win.
After trailing for most of the second half, Eastern (7-18, 4-8) pulled within 60-58 on a pair of free throws by Darrell Lampley with just over a minute remaining.
But the Eagles’ best player, Brandon Bowdry, had fouled out two minutes earlier and Central Michigan (8-17, 5-7) capitalized down the stretch.
Zeigler scored his two late baskets and Central won at its newly renovated McGuirk Arena, avenging that ugly 41-38 loss to the Eagles at the Convocation Center.
“I think he was extremely determined. I thought he had his instances during the game where he got a little lax defensively, but down the stretch I thought he was good,” Central Michigan coach Ernie Ziegler said of his freshman guard, and son. “He knew he could get to that basket. When you have the ability to get to the basket and then make plays as well, it makes you tough to guard.”
Derrick Thompson led Eastern with 14 points. Bowdry scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half.
John Morris and Derek Jackson each added 11 points for Central Michigan.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Senior Cassie Schrock’s career-high 38 points helped the Eastern Michigan women’s basketball team rally to beat Ball State 81-73 in Muncie, Ind., on Wednesday night.
Schrock also pulled down eight rebounds and dished out nine assists to flirt with a triple-double. Junior forward Paige Redditt did secure a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Eastern (17-9, 8-4 MAC) trailed by as many as 15 points early but used a 23-7 run that started midway through the first half to gain control.