Eastern Michigan men's basketball team loses at Bowling Green; EMU women win at Miami (Ohio)
Maybe it’s not such a good idea for Bowling Green to replace Anderson Arena.
The Falcons beat Eastern Michigan 68-63 there on Saturday afternoon for their sixth straight home win. They’re shooting better than 50 percent from the 50-year-old arena’s floor after a 14 of 27 performance against the Eagles.
The $7.7 million Stroh Center will open on the Bowling Green campus prior to the 2011-12 season.
Eastern Michigan senior Brandon Bowdry had 24 points and 15 rebounds, the 33rd double-double of his career.
It was a Bowdry layup with 12:36 remaining that gave Eastern its only lead of the second half, 46-45. But that lead only lasted 26 seconds and the Falcons (10-11, 5-2 MAC East) slowly rebuilt its lead to as many as nine points with 34 seconds left.
Eastern (5-15, 2-5 MAC West) started hot, taking a 12-2 lead in the first three minutes. Jay Higgins, who scored a season-high 15 points, made two of his four 3-pointers during that early run.
But Bowling Green went on a 11-3 run of its own over the final 6:51 of the first half to take a 34-31 halftime lead.
Bowling Green was led by Scott Thomas’ 16 points. Jordon Crawford came off the bench to add 14 points. (Boxscore)
Women's basketball Eastern Michigan 72, Miami (Ohio) 62: Junior guard Tavelyn James scored 24 points to lead the Eagles at Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio.Eastern (15-7, 6-2 MAC West) led by as many as 16 points early in the second half, but had to fend off the RedHawks (10-11, 2-6 MAC East) late when their 12-0 run pulled them within 56-54 with 6:54 to play. The Eagles’ Cassie Schrock played all 40 minutes and contributed 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Maggie Boyer led Miami with 19 points. Eastern remains one game behind Toledo (15-6, 7-1) in the MAC West standings. (Boxscore)