Eastern Michigan women win, men lose in West Coast basketball tournaments
The Eastern Michigan women's basketball team advanced to title game of a holiday tournament, but the Eagles' men's team wasn't as successful in its trip to the West Coast.
Kevin Foster scored 25 points to help Santa Clara beat the EMU men 75-55 on Thursday night in the first round of the Cable Car Classic in Santa Clara, Calif.
Niyi Harrison added 13 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for the Broncos (8-4), who improved to 6-0 at home, their best start on their home court in 22 years.
Darrell Lampley scored 14 points to lead the Eagles (5-8), who lost their second straight and seventh in eight games overall. J.R. Sims added 10 points.
Foster was 9 of 13 from the field, including 6 of 10 on 3-pointers. He moved into eighth place on Santa Clara's all-time scoring list with 1,595 points, and his 293 3-pointers rank third on the West Coast Conference's career list.
The Broncos led 25-18 at halftime and by as many as 27 in the second half.
Eastern Michigan, nearing the end of a nine-game road trip under first-year coach Rob Murphy, never got closer than three points after the opening moments.
The Eagles drew within 13-10 with 10:23 remaining in the first half, but went cold and did not score again for over nine minutes.
EMU will meet Air Force in Friday's consolation game. The Falcons (6-4) lost 72-61 to Wagner while playing without its leading scorer, Michael Lyons (ankle), who will also miss the game against the Eagles.
In Seattle, the EMU women's team beat Saint Louis 66-55 in the first round of the Holiday Hoops Tournament hosted by Seattle University.
Tavelyn James led the Eagles with 19 points while Desyree Thomas contributed 10 points, seven steals, six assists and four rebounds.
Eastern will play host Seattle (7-6) in Friday's 6:15 p.m. title game. Seattle beat St. Francis (Pa.), 74-70.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.