Saturday, February 28, 2009

Eastern Michigan 57, CMU 56 - Feb. 28, 2009

EMU wins 57-56 and stuns the Rose Arena crowd. I've never heard this place so eery.

Robbie Harman had a seemingly good look from underneath the basket when CMU got the ball down one with 9.7 seconds remaining. But his shot fell short and a scramble ensued in the middle of the lane as time ran out. Some pushing and shoving between Harman and some EMU players occurred as well, but it did not escalate further.

Ernie Zeigler threw his hands over his head and walked down the sideline after Jordan Bitzer was called for a foul on a 3-point attempt by EMU freshman Antonio Green. Green pump-faked, got Bitzer up into the air and drew minimal contact.

Green made all three free throws to give EMU a 57-56 lead.

Jordan Bitzer found Marcus Van open along the baseline, and he two-hand dunked it to give CMU a 56-54 lead. Van has scored six consecutive points for CMU.

Two turnaround jumpers by senior Marcus Van tied the Eagles at 54 after EMU went 3-of-5 from the free throw line.

EMU's Zane Gay made a 3-pointer off the glass to give the Eagles a 51-50 lead.

Freshman guard Adrian Hunter made a 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds left in the half to give the Chippewas the lead. He's had to take most of the playing time at point guard after junior Robbie Harman picked up two early fouls. Hunter has six points, which came on two 3-pointers.

Senior forward Marcus Van is having a lot better night than he did Wednesday at Ball State, scoring 10 points. He had none against the Cardinals and fouled out.

EMU sophomore Brandon Bowdry is having a solid night as well, totaling 8 points to lead the Eagles.

It's a pretty evenly-matched and clean game so far, with both teams only committing seven team fouls. EMU has five turnovers while CMU has four.

CMU sophomore Antonio Weary came out right before halftime with an apparent shoulder injury after getting fouled hard on a drive to the basket. It looked like an EMU defender landed right on it. But Weary returned to start the second half and looked fine, scoring CMU's first basket of the half on an offensive rebound putback and drew a foul.

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