YPSILANTI — For Eastern Michigan University first year basketball coach Rob Murphy, he kept a keen eye watching his team after a couple of practices to see if his team has let the past failure against the University of Akron, last Saturday night disappear.
He is hoping that his entire team put the experience of losing by 30 points as a lesson that it is just as painful to lose by 30 and it is a heartbrak to lose by giving away a game like the Eagles did on Wednesday night Feb 1 at Miami University.
Murphy said his team is long past that and they had a couple of solid practices and he believed that his the squad seemed to have pop out of it and were ready to play.
Visiting the Convocation Center Wednesday night Feb 8 another team from the East Division of the Mid-AMerican Conference with Kent State University making a stop in Ypsilanti.
There were bodies diving onto the floor trying to grab the loose ball, there were a lot of miss chances at rebounds at both ends of the court and in the end it was just one shot that could not find the mark for the Eagles.
For Kent State University it came down to one shot – and the Golden Flashes made the shot.
“They probably out played us for 39 minutes 36 seconds but you know what, the game is 40 minutes,” Kent State University basketball coach Rob Senderoff said. “We knew that we would have to defend in the last eight seconds of the shot clock and we did not do a great job there – it is not easy to do.”
“They had the will not to lose,” Murphy said after the game talking about the performance of Kent State on the floor. “When it is game-winning time you make game- winning plays. It boiled down to one shot.”
Kent State University post play prove to be too much of a challenge and the Eastern Michigan University offense went in to a slump midway through the second half and the Golden Flashes defeated the tail-spinning Eagles 61-58, in front of a small crowd of 644 disappointed fans.
“It really come down to being up by one in your building and you have to get a stop,” Murphy said. “We gave a look of three to a really good shooter and he knocked it down. We were in great position to win the game and defensively we didn’t come up with the play.”
Kent State University 6-11 forward Justin Greene scored 17 points for the Golden Flashes and hauled down six rebounds but his game around the rim and in the middle of the zone defense was relentless and he shot 8 of 10 for the game from the field.
Eastern Michigan University led most of the way in the first half until the final minute of the half and went into the locker room trailing the Golden Flashes 32-31. The Eagles shot a respectable 46 percent for the half and finished the game shooting a repectable 44 percent from the field.
Senior point guard Darrell Lampley led all scores on the floor with 18 points and seven assist.
“He did not settle for jump shots. We worked on that for the last two days,” Murphy said about EMU senior guard Lampley after the game outside the locker room. “I see sometimes through out the game he gets tired and he settles for jump shots. We told him moving forward don’t settle make sure you get to the basket as the game wares on so he was able to get in there and make some really good plays.”
The Golden Flashes finished the game shooting 46 percent from the field and out rebounded the Eagles 30-29.
Eastern Michigan University will host Ohio University Saturday afternoon February 11, 2012 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
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.