Eastern Michigan basketball teams swept at Convocation Center doubleheader
A return to familiar surroundings didn’t change what’s becoming a familiar result for the Eastern Michigan basketball team.
The Eagles, who had lost five straight road games, fell 58-54 to Drake in their return to the Convocation Center on Wednesday night.
Playing the second game of a home-court doubleheader with the Eastern women’s basketball team, the Eagles made 17 of 48 (.354) shots from the floor and 3 of 17 (.176) from 3-point range.
Senior Brandon Bowdry continued to be a one-man show for the Eagles (1-7), scoring a game-high 25 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Last week, Bowdry was named to the Basketball Travelers Classic all-tournament team after averaging 21.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in three EMU losses in Idaho.
It was the 27th double-double of Bowdry's career, EMUEagles.com reports.
Seth VanDeest and Rayvonte Rice scored 13 points apiece for Drake (3-4), which was playing its school-record sixth straight road game.
Drake led 20-7 midway through the first half before Eastern Michigan rallied to pull within 29-28 at halftime.
The Bulldogs increased that lead to as many as nine points in the second half, but the Eagles rallied again, pulling within 54-51 with 1:26 remaining. After a layup by Rice extended the lead to 56-51, Bowdry hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left to bring Eastern Michigan within two.
Frank Wiseler sealed the win with a pair of free throws for Drake.
Eastern Michigan returns to action on Saturday, hosting Horizon League foe Detroit Mercy at 2 p.m.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL The University of Detroit outscored Eastern Michigan 17-3 in the final minutes Wednesday night, rallying for a 62-60 win.
The Eagles (5-5) went 1-for-5 from the field, 1-for-4 from the foul line and turned the ball over four times as a 12-point lead disappeared over the game's final six minutes.
A Dominique Davis jumper with 1:25 left gave Detroit (4-4) its first lead since the opening minute of the second half. Eastern wouldn't score again and the Titans held on to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Eagles’ Paige Redditt led all scorers with 15 points. Cassie Schrock and Tavelyn James scored 10 points apiece.
Lauren Allen led Detroit with 14 points and Davis added 13.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.