ROCHESTER, Mich. —- Rochester College basketball coach Garth Pleasant said before the consolation game of the Lou Henson Tournament hosted by Oakland University, Tuesday afternoon he just wants his team – to trust their offense.
Oakland University defeated Rochester College 103-79, Monday night at the home of the Golden Grizzlies in front of a loud crowd inside the O’Rena.
“We get difficult match up on purpose,” Pleasant said after the game against Eastern Michigan University. “It is so we can get better; you can not get better if you schedule teams you can beat all of the time.”
Eastern Michigan University played Rochester College for the third time in the program’s history and the Eagles are undefeated against the Warriors.
Eastern Michigan University could not get any consistency against Valparasio University and fell to the Crusaders 74-64 to set up Tuesday afternoon’s contest for third – place at the Lou Henson Tournament against the Warriors.
Eastern Michigan University overcame the many mistakes that poor defense creates and defeated Rochester College 82-63, for a third-place finish at the Lou Henson Tournament.
Eastern Michigan University displayed some patient with the offense as they moved the ball around the perimeter forcing the Rochester defense to spread out producing plenty of wide-open spaces for either Eastern Michigan ball handler to move toward the basket or get a good pass away to a teammate.
The Eagle defense did not meet the same intensity and too many times Rochester College offense found points especially by getting the ball inside and under the basket. The Warriors scored 13 fast break points.
Eastern Michigan University basketball coach Charles Ramsey at times blasted his team’s defensive effort, he felt too many times his defense were missing their assignment on the floor.
Rochester College offense in the first half went by Eastern Michigan University’s defense and scored 44 percent from the floor but went into the locker room trailing the Eagles 43-31 at halftime.
In the second half, the Eastern Michigan offense played a patient perimeter game by passing the ball around the perimeter trying to get Rochester’s defense unbalanced and get a good drive toward the basket.
The slow down tempo of the second half seemed to be uncomfortable for Rochester and they started to commit fouls under the basket giving Eastern Michigan multiple shots and free throw opportunities.
Ramsey used the same philosophy against Rochester as he did against Valparasio University by using many players during the game giving the inexperience a chance to gain precious game experience.
The Eagle bench responded by scoring 29 points, led by junior center Kamil Janton he pulled down six rebounds and 11 points to lead the bench players.
“I am very proud of Kamil’s effort,” Ramsey said after the game outside the locker room.
“He did some very nice things out there.”
Leading the charge for the Eagles senior power forward Brandon Bowdry, he scored his 30th double-double of his career at Eastern Michigan University by scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
Eastern Michigan University will get ready for the New Year by spending the holiday down south in the city of Birmingham, Alabama against Samford University New Year’s Eve.
“That will be a game and we are hoping to get something positive,” Ramsey said. “They run the Princeton type of offense and if we can get something good who knows what will happen.”
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.