EMU men's and women's basketball teams on opposite ends of down-to-the-wire games
It had been 45 days since the Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team played on its own court, but it was Central Michigan that felt at home in the second half Wednesday night.
The Chippewas went 6-for-9 from 3-point range after halftime and beat Eastern Michigan, 60-56.
Derek Jackson (15 points), Austin McBroom (13 points) and Trey Ziegler (11 points, 15 rebounds) led the Chippewas.
Jamell Harris had 12 points and Antonio Green 11 for the Eagles.
Eastern Michigan (6-10, 1-1 MAC), playing at the Convocation Center for the first time since Nov. 27, took a 25-19 halftime lead. But it didn’t take long for Central Michigan (7-8, 2-0 MAC) to heat up in the second half.
The Chippewas hit back-to-back 3-pointers on their first two possessions of the second half to tie the game and set up an eight-minute stretch that featured eight lead changes and two ties.
Central Michigan took its biggest lead, 47-38, on a drive by Andre Coimbra with 7:33 to play before Eastern Michigan answered with a 10-3 run, capped by a Darrell Lampley 3-pointer, to pull within 50-48 with 4:18 remaining.
Two McBroom free throws and a Jackson 3-pointer gave Central Michigan a seven-point cushion, and the Chippewas protected the lead at the free-throw line to move to 2-0 in MAC play for only the third time in 20 years.
The Eagles made one more run, pulling within two points on an Antoine Chandler drive with 11 seconds left, but McBroom iced the win with a pair of free throws with 9 seconds left.
Eastern Michigan 70, Toledo 66: Senior guard Tavelyn James scored 30 points and the Eagles (10-6, 2-1 MAC) fought off two second-half rallies to end Toledo’s 17-game home win streak against MAC opponents.
Eastern Michigan shot 50-percent from the floor (26-of-52) and had its biggest lead of the game, 47-33, at halftime. Paige Redditt and Natachia Watkins scored 13 points apiece for EMU. Toledo (8-7, 1-2) got 11 points from Yolanda Richardson and Andola Dortch.
The Rockets cut EMU’s 14-point lead to 51-50 with 13:43 left to play, but the Eagles scored the next 11 points. Toledo rallied once more, pulling within 68-66 with 35 seconds left. James split a pair of free throws late, but Redditt pulled down an offensive rebound and was fouled. She clinched the win from the free-throw line.