YPSILANTI, Mich -- Junior guard Raven Lee came off the bench to score a career-high 46 points Tuesday as Eastern Michigan battered Miami, 94-69, at the Convocation Center.
EMU raised its record to 11-11 overall (3-8 MAC) with the victory. Miami dropped to 7-15 (1-8 MAC).
Lee and the Eagles did most of their damage either at the foul line or from long distance. With the teams combining for 69 free throws, EMU made good on 31-of-39. Miami hit 21 of 30 charity stripe chance.
The Eagles hit 50 percent (25-of-50) from . . .
The RedHawks, meanwhile, struggled mightly against EMU’s zone. Miami hit 35 percent (21-of-60) from the field and 22.2 percent (6-of-27) on treys.
Joining Lee in double figures for the Eagles was James Thompson IV (15) and Ty Toney (14). Miami, was led by forward Chris Bryant, who made 7-of-8 from the floor on the way to an MU-career high of 18 points. He also registered nine rebounds, just missing a double-double. Ali Barnes netted 12 for the visitors.
The Eagles entered Tuesday leading the Mid-American Conference in scoring (78.6 ppg), but were last in scoring defense (63.7 ppg) and surrendered an average of 86.2 points per game during a five-game losing streak coming into Tuesday.
Miami, meanwhile, entered this week last among MAC teams in scoring, last in field goal percentage and 10th in field goal percentage defense.
Miami was coming off its first MAC win of the season Saturday when it broke a 10-game losing streak with a home win over Northern Illinois. All-MAC senior guard Eric Washington was unavailable due to a one-game suspension and guard Zach McCormick missed action following an injury Saturday.
Eastern Michigan jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead and never trailed in the contest. After Miami made it 6-4, EMU went on a 10-2 run. The Eagles continued to dominate and doubled up the visitors, 36-18, following Lee’s trey at 4:12.
Lee a 6-3 junior guard, owned 27 points by halftime, when EMU took a 48-27 lead to the locker room.
Lee continued his hot hand after intermission and Eastern Michigan remained well out front the rest of the way.
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