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Central Michigan 60, EMU 56 in photos

January 12, 2012

The EMU men’s basketball team snatched defeat from the jaws of victory last night. After leading for all but 36 seconds of the first half, the first 10 minutes of the second half were back-and-forth. Central Michigan took the lead for good with 10:27 left, but despite stretching it to a 9-point lead. In the last 90 seconds, in the course of trying to complete the comeback, Darrell Lampley and Austin Harper both fouled out. Walk-on Antoine Chandler came into the game and did what was asked of him, hitting a shot to close the gap to just two points and then committing a quick foul, but Austin McBroom made both free throws — in fact, the Chippewas made most of their free throws down the stretch — for a final four-point loss for the Eagles.

Jamell Harris led all Eagles in scoring with 12 points, while Antiono Green had 11 and Lampley and Harper had 10 each. Da’Shonte Riley, in his home debut, only had 5 points but led EMU with 10 rebounds.

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  1. Kenneth Barna permalink
    January 12, 2012 9:22 am

    Dear cmadler,
    Being at he game last night, and not wanting to sound like sour grapes, but so many of the one referee’s calls in particular were very bad. Almost everyone of Eastern’s drives to the basket were called as charging, yet when Central drove we were called for blocking. To me, very inconsistent.
    I was very pleased with Coach Murphy’s demeanor, and the players seemed to like playing with one another.
    What has happened to Derek Thompson? Not on the bench at all.

  2. January 12, 2012 9:53 am

    I missed the game, but looking at the box score the I definitely noticed Thompson’s absence. We can use all the offensive help we can get. Is he injured?

  3. January 12, 2012 10:39 am

    I don’t have any information about Thompson’s absence. He is still listed on the roster, which suggests he’s still on the team, and according to a recent EMU press release he had a 3.12 GPA in the fall so there’s no academic issue. If he wasn’t on the bench at all, I’d guess at either an illness or some personal reason. Recall that when Thompson transferred from SEMO at the begining of the 2010-11 season, the NCAA approved his hardship waiver, which was for what Charles Ramsey described as “family health challenges”.

  4. January 12, 2012 11:45 am

    I can’t really speak on the officiating last night as I was busy taking pictures but it did seem like an inordinate amount of calls on Eastern for either charging or blocking.

  5. January 14, 2012 6:42 pm

    Following up regarding Derek Thompson’s continued absence, here’s what I know:
    – His fall grades were good (3.12 GPA).
    – He transferred from SEMO to EMU in 2010 to be closer to home because of “family health challenges”.
    – He missed the Michigan State and Syracuse games earlier this season with an injury (sprained ankle, I believe).
    – He played at Northern Illinois on 1/7/12 (last Saturday) but not against Central Michigan on Wednesday or at Ball State today.
    – According to online comments, one of the broadcasters for the Central Michigan game stated (without explanation) that he’s no longer on the team. Others who watched the game broadcast did not hear this.
    – As of today, he’s still listed on the online roster.
    – As of today, he’s still listed in the EMU student directory.


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