Eagles Top Chippewas, 58-52

Updated 1/15/2013

Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Eastern Michigan 58, Central Michigan 52

Story courtesy of EMU Sports Information

Eastern Michigan 58, Central Michigan 52
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team ended its losing skid and earned its first Mid-American Conference win over Central Michigan University, 58-52, Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, at the Convocation Center. The Eagles (8-9; 1-2 MAC) avenged a pair of losses from last season against the Chippewas (8-8; 1-2 MAC).
EMU's defense posted a season-high eleven blocks and was anchored by forward Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich. – Oak Hill Academy) who denied a season-high five shots. Jalen Ross (Greensboro, N.C. – Greensboro Day School) led the Eagles in scoring with 13 points and was one-of-three EMU players to hit double figures.
As a team, EMU shot 16-of-32 (50 percent) from the floor and CMU went 19-of-59 (32.2 percent). The Eagles also shot a blistering 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from long range including a 5-of-6 showing in the opening 20 minutes.
The Green and White struck first with a deep three pointer from Ross. The Eagles' stingy defense held Central scoreless until 16:33 when Blake Hibbitts answered with a three of his own.
The Chippewas went on a 6-0 run before Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich. – Detroit Country Day) slammed one down, followed by a J.R. Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind. – Snider) three pointer to recapture the lead to make it a 12-9 game. Ross and Bryant energized the Convocation Center with a fast break alleyoop to shift momentum and kick start a 12-4 run for the Eagles.
At halftime the Eagles led the Chippewas, 30-19, shooting 11-of-19 (57.9 percent). Ross led with eight points and six from beyond the arc. The Eagles hit 5-of-6 (83.3 percent) three pointers in the first half. The Green and White's zone defense appeared hard to crack for Central as the Chippewas shot just 7-of-20 (35 percent).
Senior Jamell Harris (Euclid, Ohio – Euclid) set the tone for the Eagles, opening the second half with a block and a steal on the same defensive stop.  It was the Chippewas who scored first in the second half though, with an Oliver Mbaigoto jumper.
Both defenses pressed effectively as each team went scoreless for a five-minute stretch mid-half. Scoring picked up when Central's scoring threat, Kyle Randall, got it going with a jumper in the paint and followed with a three-pointer to cut EMU's lead to 11.
With five minutes remaining EMU went on a 6-3 run to push the score to 49-36, giving them their largest lead of the night. Central then fouled on every possession in an attempt to chip away at EMU's lead. The Eagles' final 11 points were scored from the charity stripe. 
The Eagles continue their mini home stand Saturday, Jan. 19, when they host the RedHawks of Miami University. The game will begin at 2 p.m.