YPSILANTI, Mich. —- The sky outside the friendliest basketball arena located in the Mid-American Conference and is the home of the Eastern Michigan University basketball program, the Convocation Center looked gray and ominous.
Inside the Convocation Center the Eagles faced the Ferris State University Bulldogs and in the early part of the game the Bulldogs look ready to produce a storm and blow away the Eagles.
Eastern Michigan University so much like the weather is so unpredictable came up with a new defensive wrinkle and defeated Ferris State University 76-60, Tuesday night.
“I like what I saw for the most part,” Eastern Michigan University basketball coach Charles Ramsey said after the game. “We beat a very good team that team at Indiana had Indiana beat at Indiana but Indiana won in overtime they have four seniors that know how to play that (Darien) Gay kid can shot it number one and Justin Keenan is a monster on the inside.”
Bulldog guard Gay led both teams with 23 points and played 35 minutes; he shot 9 of 11 from the field.
Ferris State University offense found their rhythm early in the first half and the Bulldogs worked hard under their own backboard and got plenty of second chances.
Looking for any kind offensive help the Eagles were thankful that the transfer from Southeast Missouri University Derek Thompson stepped up with a deadly shot from beyond the arch and also making an appearance in the offensive scheme for Eastern Michigan University basketball coach Charles Ramsey junior guard Antonio Green.
Thompson finished the game leading the Eagles with 19 points and five rebounds, senior power forward Brando Bowdry recorded his career 31st double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Green scored just eight points but was a strong performance and floor presence gave the Eagles defense a chance to make some big stops in the first half that lead to the Eagles catching the Bulldogs.
Eastern Michigan survived the Ferris Sate run early in the game and ended the first half leading the Bulldogs 38-32.
The second half the Eagles produce a squall of an offense that rolled across the court and deploy a 2-2-1 zone press and forced the Bulldogs in making turnovers.
The Bulldogs made 11 miscues that the Eastern Michigan University offense turned into 21 points.
The Eastern Michigan University bench supplied the charge of electricity and like lighting bolt struck the Bulldogs and the balanced offense that Ramsey has been wishing for arrived scoring 15 points but did not make a turnover.
“Everybody coming off of the bench gave us something positive we did not have one turnover from the bench and that is huge,” Ramsey said. “It can be very valuable with the zone press and half court zone that worked toward our advantage tonight and now we are going into another galaxy league play which is exciting and I am excited going into league play with a W.”
Ramsey said his post players did a good job and is getting the most important ingredient and that is experience.
“Jamell is a sophomore and he is playing a fifth year senior and there is going to be a learning curve he just did some old man type of stuff to him early,” Ramsey said. “Jamell’s mature and Kamil is grasping and taking advantage of his minutes and he did all the things tonight that he needed to do if they both can improve both kids have had not a lot of minutes and every time they get on the floor we are seeing improvement.”
Eastern Michigan University will open up the 2011 Mid-American Conference schedule with a trip into the city of Toledo, Ohio and the shoreline of the mighty Maumee River and face the University of Toledo at the historical Savage Hall Saturday night January 8, 2011 and the game is scheduled for tip off at 7 p.m.
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.