Eastern Michigan kept its unblemished record intact, improving to 7-0 and earning its best start to a season since the 1995-96 campaign. All seven wins have come at the Convocation Center as the Eagles completed their season-opening homestand. A 31-point margin of victory marked the third-straight game in which the Eagles bested an opponent by at least 30 points.
The win is also the team's first since being ranked No. 20 in Collegeinsider.com's Mid-Major Poll. It is Eastern's second time appearing in the poll and highest ranking overall.
Samuels poured in 10 points and collected 11 rebounds, while redshirt freshman Trent Perry set his all-time scoring mark with a trio of three-pointers for nine points. Redshirt senior Mike Talley was the other EMU player in double figures with 10 points. Five other Eagles chipped in eight points apiece.
As a team, the Eagles went 29-of-74 (39.2 percent) from the field, 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) from long range, and 17-of-21 from the free throw line.
Marygrove (1-8) was unable to break into double digits until 13:28 into the first half, by which time the Green and White already held a 17-point advantage. Darryll Dixon paced all scorers with 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting and 4-of-12 from downtown. As a team, Marygrove shot 20-of-68 (29.4 %)
Alvano capped off the first half with a buzzer-beating layup to give EMU a 29-point cushion, 47-18. Talley and redshirt sophomore Raven Lee each had a team-best eight points at the break for the Eagles, who went 17-of-41 (41.5 %) from the floor and 5-of-17 (29.4 %) from beyond the arc.
Dixon accounted for half of Marygrove's first-half points with nine. The senior guard shot 3-of-8 as the team completed the half going 7-for-35 (20 %) from the floor.
There would be no second-half reprieve for the Mustangs as EMU’s consistent production on offense, combined with Marygrove's inconsistency, secured another Eagles' victory. Samuels built off a strong first half (four points, seven rebounds) with six additional points and four more boards.
The Eagles' first road contest of the year comes against a University of Dayton squad that competed in last year's Regional Final (Elite Eight) of the NCAA Tournament. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at UD Arena.