Story courtesy of Eastern Michigan Spors Information Departments
Eastern Michigan 82, UM-Dearborn 38
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team started the 2012-13 campaign on a winning note, as Head Coach Rob Murphy's Eagles used a high-powered offense to take down the visiting University of Michigan-Dearborn Wolves, 82-38, in the only preseason game of the year Friday, Nov. 2, at the Convocation Center.
Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich.-Oak Hill Academy (Arkansas)) paced the EMU offense with 21 points, while Derek Thompson (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale (SEMO)) posted 17. Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio-St. Vincent-St. Mary (Wyoming)) poured in 15 points of his own, including going 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Eagles shot 54.5 percent (30-of-55) from the floor and 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from three-point land. On the glass, Matt Balkema (Roseville, Mich.-Cousino) and James Still (Detroit, Mich.-Detroit Community (Providence/Henry Ford C.C.)) each grabbed seven caroms, while Still also posted 10 points.
Eastern opened the game with a 12-0 run, including a 3-for-5 showing from beyond the arc. The Wolves responded with a pair of triples by Julius Porter and brought them back to within six, 12-6. Bryant ended an almost three-minute scoring drought for the Eagles with a baseline jumper, putting EMU up, 14-6, with 10:46 remaining.
The Eagles proceeded to go on an 11-5 run to charge ahead, 25-11. That it did not deter UM-Dearborn, which posted a nine-point run of its own with a trio of three-balls. The Eagles responded by putting up six-straight to lead, 31-20, with 3:16 remaining. The Green and White closed the half outscoring the Wolves by four, and led, 36-21, heading into the break.
Bryant led all scorers in the opening half of the game with 15 points, while Harrison posted eight and Thompson poured in six. The Eagles shot a blistering 45.8 percent (11-of-24) from the field, while hitting 41.7 percent (5-of-12) of their shots from three-point land. EMU held the Wolves to just 28.0 percent (7-of-25) from the floor, but UM-Dearborn did knock down 42.9 percent (6-of-14) of its three-point shots including four from Porter.
The second half started similar to the first with EMU going on a 12-0 run to make it 49-21 with just under 15 minutes remaining in the game. Porter hit another three-ball at the 14:10 mark to give the Wolves their first points of the half, but Eastern return-fired with an 11-0 run to extend the lead, 60-24.
The Eagles continued to cruise through the remainder of the second half, outscoring the Wolves by 11 for the 82-38 finish.
EMU shot a blistering 61.3 percent (19-of-31) from the floor in the second half, while going 3-of-7 from beyond the arc. Thompson led the EMU offense in the half with 11 points, while Balkema and Still each came up with six in the final 20 minutes. J.R Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind.-Snider) and Austin Harper (Grand Haven, Mich.-Grand Haven (Western Michigan/Glen Oaks C.C.)) each added five points apiece.
The Eagles will begin their regular season Friday, Nov. 9, at noon. The contest will also mark the first game of the first-ever EMU “Ice Man” Classic, where the Green and White will square off with the Warriors of Rochester College.