EMU was led by James Thompson IV, who . . .
Thompson opened up the scoring in the first two minutes of play with a layup, but the Jaguars responded with a three from former Eagle, Darell Combs. EMU and IUPUI traded buckets before an 8-0 run gave Eastern its biggest lead of the half, 14-9. The Jaguars came firing back with five-straight as well, knotting the game at 14.
The Eagles managed four-straight points before the Jaguars erupted for an 18-0 run from the six-minute mark. Redshirt senior Quaran Jones grabbed a loose ball and finished on a layup with just two seconds on the clock to get the Eagles within 14, 36-22, as both squads head into the locker room.
It was the Jaguars' three-ball that was the difference in the first half, as they connected on 8-of-12 triple tries, while the Green and White went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc. As a team, Eastern shot just 25.7 percent from the floor. Thompson was the Eagles' offensive leader going 3-of-6 from the floor, posting eight points in just seven minutes of play.
The second half was much of the same for both the Eagles and Jaguars. Early on, the Jaguars pushed their lead out to 18, 49-31, with 16:13 left in the game. Eastern was able to cut back within 15, but IUPUI responded in the next few minutes with a run to jump out to its largest lead of the game, 64-42 and the Eagles were unable to mount the comeback necessary to get back into the game, falling, 83-71.
Eastern Michigan returns to Ypsilanti, Wednesday, Nov. 23, when it takes on Madonna University on Thanksgiving Eve. The Eagles and Crusaders will tip-off at 2 p.m. at the Convocation Center.