Eastern Michigan Downs Wayne State, 75-66, in the season opener

Eastern Michigan Downs Wayne State, 75-66, in the season opener

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Five Eagles racked up double-digit points as the Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team defeated the Wayne State University Warriors, 75-66, inside the George Gervin game over Center on Monday, November 7. The game was the season opener for the Eagles (1-0), while the Warriors played the game as an exhibition before opening their regular season on Friday, November 11.


The Eagles had five players score in double figures, led by freshman orlando lovejoy (Detroit, Michigan-Summit Academy North), who posted a team- and game-high 18 points and added two steals in the Eagles’ win. Second year student Jalin Billingsley (Cleveland, Ohio-East Lutheran-Georgetown) added 16 points and two steals while a sophomore Noah Farrahhan (Hillside, NJ-The Patrick School-East Carolina) added another 12 points for the East.


Eastern forced 21 Wayne State turnovers and committed just nine in Monday’s game. The Eagles converted those aces into 22 points on the offensive end of the floor.



As a step
After jumping out to a 20-17 lead, Eastern Michigan went on a 10-0 run with 6:20 left in the first half to increase their lead to 30-17. The Eagles then added two points late in the half and entered halftime with a 35-20 lead. The Verdiblancos capitalized on 18 Warrior turnovers in the first half, converting them into 16 points at the other end of the floor.


After intermission, Eastern Michigan continued to extend their lead, jumping out to a 61-42 lead before starting a 7-0 run that was capped by a Billingsley jump shot to increase the lead to 68-42 with 4:55 left in the contest. The Warriors narrowed the margin a bit before the game was over, but the Eagles still cruised the rest of the way for the 75-66 win. The Verdiblancos took charge of the paint, scoring 22 of their 40 points in the lane.



game notes
» Four of Eastern’s starting five featured newcomers and two made their college debut. Along with the returning player Noah FarrahhanEagles newcomers to the lineup included Jalin Billingsleywho made his first collegiate start after appearing in 30 games last year for Georgetown University; tyson fist (Detroit, Michigan-Cass Technical-Duquesne) who made his first start at Eastern after playing two years for Duquesne University; orlando lovejoy, a true freshman; Y Geeter Legend (River Rouge, Michigan-River Rouge-Providence)who made his first collegiate start and saw his first collegiate action after redshirting at Providence College last year.
» Along with the four newcomers to the starting lineup, four other players also made their East debuts in the game. Red Shirt Freshmen Javantae Randall (Detroit, Michigan-Frederick Douglass) Y Prakash Ketterhagen (Kalamazoo, Mich.-New Rochelle (NY)-Combine Academy) they both saw in-game action with real freshmen Derik Pranger (Parker, Colo.-Colorado Prep) Y JZ Zaher (Fenton, Mich.-Flint Powers Catholic) also record minutes.
» Overall, the Eagles sent 14 players to the court, including eight who debuted. The newcomers combined to log 134 minutes of playing time and accounted for 48 of the team’s 75 points in the game (64.0 percent).
» Five Eagles racked up double-digit points for the Eagles offense in tonight’s win: Lovejoy (18), Billingsley (16), Farrakhan (12), Golson (12) and Geeter (10). Lovejoy, a Detroit native, shot a perfect six of six from the free throw line, a team-high, while logging a team-high 31 minutes.
» Geeter led the Eagles with eight rebounds for the Eagles in 23 minutes of play, finishing just two boards shy of his first career double-double. Of his eight boards, seven came on the defensive glass.
» Eastern Michigan as a team took eight of nine from the charity strike, totaling 88.9 percent as a team. Last season, when Eastern Michigan attempted at least nine free throws, they only had a better percentage once in those games, coming to Ohio on Feb. 3, 2022.
” Second year student Luka Savicević (Skopje, North Macedonia-Skopje Sports Academy) led the Eagles in assists tonight with four, leaving him one shy of tying the career high he set at the University of Miami in last year’s season finale on March 4, 2022. Six East players posted a assist in the win for a team total of 11.
» EMU dominated the turnover battle in tonight’s victory, expelling the ball just nine times compared to 22 for Warrior. The Eagles capitalized on the stat, posting 22 points on turnovers. The 22 forced turnovers are the third most in the Stan Heath it was after delivering Florida International University 25 times on December 11, 2021 and Illinois State University 22 times on November 12, 2021.
» Eastern Michigan recorded eight steals in the first half alone, converting to make nearly half of its first-half points (16) come from turnovers. The Verdiblancos added two more ball steals in the second half for 10 in total. Pranger he led the Eagles with three steals in the first 20 minutes of his college career. The Eagles posted double-digit steals in just four games last season with a career-high 14 against Florida International University on Dec. 11, 2021.



Historical Notes
» Tonight’s attendance of 4,677 is the fourth-highest total in George Gervin GameAbove Center history (dating back to the 1998-99 season) and the largest since November 10, 2017, when 4,767 fans watched Eagles defeat University of Spring Arbor, 92-60 Last year, the largest crowd available for an East game came on Dec. 11, 2021, when 3,991 fans watched the Eagles defeat Florida International University , 92-88 in four overtime on George Gervin Day.
» In 49 seasons of play as an NCAA Division I program (since the start of the 1974-75 season), the Eagles are now 30-19 in their first game of the year and are 26-5 when the first game of the season arrives. on his home court. Additionally, the Eagles also improved to 40-9 in their home opener.
» Tonight’s win breaks a tie in the all-time series between the Eagles and Warriors. In 63 games against Wayne State, Eastern Michigan now leads 32-31, with Eastern winning 15 in a row overall and 12 in a row at Ypsilanti against its old foe from the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.

Until next time
The Eagles will travel to Motor City on Friday, November 11 for a matchup with No. 22/22 University of Michigan in a game to be played at Little Caesars Arena, the home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Reds. of the NHL. At. Both washed The County Enemies will play before a national television audience on ESPNU with the opening tip scheduled for 9 pm

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