Season-low scoring output costs Toledo at EMUWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In an offensively challenged contest, the Rockets failed to convert two late game-tying three-pointers as Eastern Michigan escaped with a 41-38 victory on Jan. 21 at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti.
With the loss, Toledo (9-10, 1-4 MAC) has lost nine of its past 12 games after a 6-1 start and now owns a 1-6 record in games decided by three points or less. The Rockets’
38 points are a season low and their fewest total since a 50-35 loss to Wright State in Dec. 2008.
Toledo guards Rian Pearson and Curtis Dennis were the lone players in double-figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Darrell Lampley led the MAC West co-leading Eagles (9-10, 4-1) with nine points.
The Rockets shot a season-worst 30 percent from the field (15 of 50) and set season lows in free throws (5) and free-throw attempts (7).
Toledo shot just 21.7 percent (5 of 23) in the first half as the Eagles took a 15-14 halftime lead.
With the game tied late in the second half at 36, Eastern Michigan burst out to a 41-36 advantage with just over two minutes remaining. After the Rockets cut the lead to three, the team had two opportunities to tie it but could not convert.
Junior guard Dominique Buckley missed a three-pointer with 55 seconds remaining but classmate Matt Smith kept the lead at three with a block on the other end. Freshman point guard Juice Brown missed another chance to tie the game with just seven seconds remaining and Buckley committed a backcourt violation trying to corral the rebound, sealing the EMU victory.
The Rockets will travel to last place MAC East squad Miami (5-11, 1-3) on Jan. 25 as they attempt to win their first conference road game since a March 2008 victory at Central Michigan.