Thursday, March 15, 2018

CIT Tournament: Eastern Michigan socks it to Niagara Wednesday to advance in tourney

EMU's Paul Jackson hits a 3 pointer at the Convo. Photo Purple Walrus Press.

By Editor & Publisher Jeff Brown.

The Eagles of Eastern Michigan University clobbered the Niagara University Purple Eagles 83 to 65 in the opening round of the Tournament Wednesday night at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti. With a record of 22-12 Eastern advances to the second round of the tournament. I must add that I am shocked that Eastern did not receive an invitation to play in the NIT with such a strong win/loss record. Not to worry, PWP will look into it this atrocity. But EMU is thrilled to be selected to play in a post season tournament and hopefully raise a new championship banner in the Convo Center.

Back to last nights game..The Purple Eagles of Niagara, yes, Purple Eagles, didn't have a chance against our sharp-shooting EMU Eagles Wednesday. Redshirt Junior Elijah Minnie out of Pittsburgh, Pa scored a career high 29 points, nailing five beautiful high arcing 3 pointers. T'was a thing of beauty. Meanwhile, Junior James Thompson (Baton Rouge, La) scored 20 points and snagged 16 rebounds. Senior Tim Bond notched 11 points with 12 rebounds and eight assists. Most awesome. As I said, 19-14 Niagara didn't have a chance.

EMU was dominate on defense as Niagara shot only 35% from the floor. The Purple Eagles managed only 30 points in the paint.

As for Eastern's next victim in the CIT Tournament, we'll have to wait a bit and see, as the next opponent is listed as TBA. No worries, we can wait. When the next game is announced, you'll be the first to know.

Photos Purple Walrus Press.
Malik Ellison from Flint heads downcourt.
Tim Bond about to slam dunk
Elijah Minnie scores from inside the paint.

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