Eagles Outclassed by No. 4 Orange
The Eastern Michigan men’s basketball team was man handled by No. 4 Syracuse on Monday night losing 84-48. Despite both teams playing the same 2-3 zone defense, the Eagles didn’t stand a chance to the Orange, as EMU now moves to 5-2 on the season.
Eagles senior guard Derek Thompson lead the team in scoring with 18 points with junior forward Glenn Bryant added16 points. But both players would struggle with their shots, as they combined for 36 percent shooting on the night. Overall, the Green and White offense struggled at 29.5 percent shooting on the evening and will need to improve on offense quickly if they are to compete with elite teams.
Syracuse freshman forward DaJuan Coleman led the the Orange with 14 points and five rebounds. Orange sophomore guard Michael Carter Williams contributed with a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists.
EMU coach Rob Murphy was an assistant coach for seven years at Syracuse before becoming Eastern’s coach last season. At Syracuse, Murphy spent his time learning the 2-3 zone defense from legendary coach Jim Boeheim.
Syracuse extended their home nonconference win streak to 48 games and has now won 26 straight games at the Carrier Dome. The schedule doesn’t get easier for the Eagles as they return home to face Big Ten opponent Purdue this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
The Eagles suffered an embarrassing loss, but it is not the end of the world. Syracuse routinely gets top ranked prospects from around the nation every year and EMU was simply out gunned. The Green and White will have to shake off this rough loss if they are to stand a chance against a Purdue team that isn’t ranked this Saturday.