Eagles secure 74-69 road victory at Miami

OXFORD, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University men’s basketball team saw a 23-point performance from the bench on the way to a 74-69 victory against the Miami University RedHawks on the road Saturday, Jan. 28, to snap a five-game skid. Noah Farrakhan (Hillside, NJ-The Patrick School-East Carolina) paced the Eagles with 20 points while Emoni Bates (Ypsilanti, Mich.-Ypsi Prep-Memphis) added 17 and Tyson Acuff (Detroit, Mich.-Cass Tech-Duquesne) scored 12 in the victory.

The Eagles (5-16, 2-6 MAC) forced 19 Miami turnovers while committing 11 themselves in Saturday’s game. The Eagles turned those takeaways into 21 points on the offensive end of the floor. Acuff’s four steals led the way for Eastern Michigan.

How It Happened
After falling behind 15-4, Eastern Michigan went on an 11-0 run with 14:52 left in the first half to tie the game at 15. The Eagles then proceeded to grab a 40-38 lead heading into halftime. Eastern Michigan did most of its first half damage in the paint, scoring 22 of its 40 points close to the basket.

Eastern Michigan kept its lead intact before going on a 7-0 run to increase the lead to 67-59 with 5:01 to go in the contest. The RedHawks narrowed the margin somewhat before the game was over, but the Eagles still held on for the 74-69 win. Eastern Michigan capitalized on 10 Miami (OH) turnovers in the period, collecting 10 points off those turnovers.

Game Notes
» Noah Farrakhan finished the game with a team-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 5-of-5 from the line, to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and one steal. The 20 points marked his fourth 20+ game this season and the 14thth of his career. He also has 709 points for his EMU career, which ranks 66th on the program’s all-time scoring ledger. He moved past five former Eagles on the day with Howard Chambers (1987-89) sitting 65th with 710 points.
» With three assists today, Noah Farrakhan extended his streak to recording at least one helper in 21 contests and has dropped at least one dime in 33 consecutive games dating back to last season. In fact, in his two seasons with the Eagles, Farrakhan has recorded at least one assist in 43-of-46 games played (93.5 percent) for Eastern and, when including his one season with East Carolina (2020-21), he has done so in 50-of-58 career games (86.2 percent)
» Emoni Bateswho celebrated his birthday with a victory, scored 17 points on the game and tied both Farrakhan and Kevin-David Rice (Flint, Mich.-Grand Blanc-Delta) with a team-high six rebounds. With those 17 points and his 43 at Toledo, Jan. 24, Bates is the first Eagle to score 60+ points in back-to-back games since Raven Lee did so in the 2016-17 season. Lee opened his two-game stretch with 21 points in a home game against Northern Illinois, Feb. 25, 2017, before scoring his program-record 50 points at Central Michigan, Feb. 28, 2017.
» With his 17 points, Bates has now scored 407 points on the year and has reached double figures for the 17th time in 20 games played. He also scored 15-or-more for the 16th time this year.
» Bates’ four assists led the team at Miami and stood a season-high, surpassing the three he tallied twice this year, most recently at Western Michigan, Jan. 10. His career high is six that he recorded with Memphis against Cincinnati, Jan. 9, 2022.
» Kevin-David Rice pulled down a career-high six rebounds to share the game lead with both Bates and Farrakhan. His previous career-best was five boards at Illinois State, Dec. 7, 2022. Rice finished with six points, including 4-of-4 from the line in the waning minutes of the game, and added one block, the first this season.
» Noah Farrakhan connected on a three-point shot with 14:40 remaining in the opening half to help the Eagles extend their consecutive games streak to 572 in a row with at least one made triple. Eastern finished the day shooting 4-of-24 from three. The last time Eastern failed to hit a three-point basket in a game came Jan. 24, 2004, when the Eagles were 0-of-7 at Miami.

Historical Notes
» With the victory, the Eagles improved to 29-53 in their all-time series with the RedHawks and have now traded wins in each of the last four contests.
» Eastern improved to 8-30 when playing in Oxford and snapped Miami’s two-game winning streak when hosting the game inside Millett Hall.
» The win is the first of the Eagles in Oxford in just over five years with the last coming Jan. 27, 2018, a 58-48, decision.
» Eastern snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory at Miami. The last win on the EMU ledger came against Central Michigan at home, Jan. 7, with a 62-56 decision. The last time the Eagles won on the road was Feb. 15, 2022, in a 75-70 win at CMU.

Up Next
The Eagles return to their home court Tuesday, Jan. 31, when the Bobcats of Ohio University visit the George Gervin GameAbove Center. The game is set for a 7 pm tip and will be streamed live on ESPN+ with Ryan Wooley and Justin Rose on the call and Danny Rogers reporting from the sideline. Tom Helmerthe Voice of the Eagles, and Greg Steiner will call the game on WEMU (89.1 FM) and on the Varsity Network app.

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