EMU's Comeback Falls Short

The Eastern Michigan men's basketball team falls to Oakland, 59-57, Saturday.

YPSILANTI ,Mich.--The Eastern Michigan men's basketball team second half comeback fell just short Saturday, as the Eagles lost their first home game of the season.

EMU (6-5) trailed Oakland by as many as 14 points and were able to tie the game at 57 with 16 seconds remaining, only to lose on OU's Ryan Bass jump shot with 2 seconds left to give the Golden Grizzlies the win, 59-57, at the Convocation Center.

Eastern Michigan's J.R. Smith tied the game at 57, hitting 1 of 2 free throws—his only point of the game.

Jalen Ross scored 17 points to pace Eastern Michigan, with Derek Thompson adding 11 and Daylen Harrison with 10.

Oakland's Travis Bader scored a game-high 21 points and Corey Petros finished with 13 rebounds. Oakland (5-8) won despite struggling against the 2-3 zone and shooting 31.5 percent from the field.

The Eagles' trailed, 35-21, with 17:10 remaining, their largest deficit of the contest. EMU cut the lead to 10 at the 9:58 mark and went on a 15-3 run to take their only lead of the game, 52-50, with 2:25 remaining.

With the loss, Eastern's home record now stands at 6-1. EMU will next play host to Siena Heights, Dec. 28, at the Convocation Center at 4 p.m.

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