We have very few Tidbits, largely due to finals last week, and the beginning of break this week.
First, and as expected, the men’s basketball team lost to Valparaiso last night, though by a slightly closer than expected 74-67. Bowdry had another big game with 24 points and 10 rebounds, for his sixth double-double of the year, and it was easily his most efficient performance of the season; he went 1-3 (33%) on 3-point shots, 4-5 (80%) on 2-point shots, and made 13 of 15 free throws (86.7%). Unfortunately, as usual, there was little other offense, with Darrell Lampley (10 points on 4 of 11 shooting) the only other Eagle to reach double digits, a feat that four Valparaiso players accomplished.
This evening the Eagles will play the Rochester College Warriors, who lost 103-79 to Oakland in a game that was realistically over in the first half. Rochester is not only a Division I team, they aren’t even an NCAA program — they’re looking to move up to NAIA next year — and so if EMU can’t win this one it’s hard to see them finishing the season with more than a handful of wins.
The EMU women’s basketball team, on the other hand, is 6-5, and heading into the final three games of a three week home stand. Tonight they host the Temple Owls (7-4) at 7 pm, Thursday afternoon they’ll host the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames (4-5), and next Tuesday they’ll wrap up the non-conference schedule hosting the Niagara Purple Eagles (1-8). I’m not making that mascot up; Niagara really is the “purple eagles”! All three women’s basketball games are schedule for Eagle All-Access.
The EMU wrestling team lost two dual meets on Sunday, falling first to Indiana, 24-13, and then to #24 Missouri, 32-6. Jared Germaine, Mike LeHolm, Nick Hendrick, and Chris Eggert defeated their Hoosier opponents, while Aaron Sulzer and Nick Whitenburg downed Tigers. The EMU wrestling team will be off this week, returning to action next week at the 48th Annual Midlands Championships in Evanston, Illinois.
Hammer and Rails, the SBNation blog for Purdue University, has a “Profile in Badassery” about Alex Agase, an All-American football player at Illinois in 1942 and at Purdue in 1943, who then served in the Marines, taking part in the battles for Iwo Jima and Okinawa and receiving a Purple Heart. In 1946, he returned to Illinois, where he was an All-American again. Yikes! As a professional football player, he played on AAFC-champion Browns teams in 1948 and 1949, the 1950 NFL champion Browns team, and the inaugural Baltimore Colts team in 1953. In the 1960s and 1970s he was the head coach at Northwestern and then Purdue, and he was named the National Coach of the Year in 1970.
What does he have to do with EMU? Well, after he retired from coaching in 1976, he served as EMU’s athletic director until 1981. So, to the extent EMU fans remember him, it is as the athletic director who hired Mike Stock and led the Hurons into a 27-game football losing streak from 1980 to 1982.