The Runnin Royals announced their 2017-18 schedule today. The 24-game slate opens Wednesday, Nov. 15 at home against the University of Mary Washington, a doubleheader with EMU’s women, who host Lancaster Bible College.
EMU’s RaShawn Latimer has been named All-ODAC Third Team in a vote of the league’s men’s basketball coaches. The junior was playing his best ball by the end of the season, finishing with a career-best mark of 13.9 points per game.
The Runnin Royals nearly erased a deflating final minutes, but a good-looking halfcourt shot from Isaiah Harris-Winn rimmed out at the buzzer, leaving EMU with a heart-wrenching 70-69 loss at Washington and Lee in the ODAC Tournament First Round Monday night.
EMU’s starters were cold and host Emory & Henry’s entire team was hot. As a result, the Runnin Royals ended the regular season with a 97-75 loss on the road, falling to 10-15 overall and 4-12 in the ODAC.
EMU made run after run in the second half, but couldn’t overcome Roanoke’s lead, eventually dropping a 75-65 decision on the road Wednesday night. Now 10-14 overall and 4-11 in the ODAC, the Runnin Royals were eliminated from contention to host an ODAC Tournament First Round game.
The Runnin Royals broke out of their recent slump in a big way on Saturday, shooting a season-best 57.6% from the floor as they blew past visiting Randolph College, 94-63. Snapping a four-game losing skid, Eastern Mennonite hopes to build a little momentum heading into the final week of the season.
EMU’s basketball men never found their rhythm in Bridgewater’s Nininger Hall Wednesday night, shooting just 1-for-19 from long range in a 79-54 loss to the rival Eagles. It was the lowest-scoring game of the season for the Royals, who are second in the ODAC with 622 three-point field goal attempts this year.
Normally shooting 49% from the floor, including 47% from three-point range, is good enough to get a win, especially with a +8 rebounding margin. But when Lynchburg’s Zack Burnett hit his 10th triple of the day with 12 seconds left, he personally negated what had been a great effort for the Runnin Royals, handing EMU’s basketball men a 97-93 loss in Harrisonburg.
Despite doing all of the little things well, at the end of the day, the iron was simply unkind to EMU. The Runnin Royals shot a season-low 26.8% from the floor, including just 19% from outside, as they fell at home to Roanoke College on Saturday by a final of 77-66.
When Jerome Jones nailed his fifth three pointer of the night with 1:19 left in overtime, EMU fans had a good feeling their Runnin Royals had finally gotten over the hump. The junior then finished off the night with a pair of free throws with 3.5 seconds left, pushing Eastern Mennonite to a 101-95 win over Shenandoah University.
The Runnin Royals continue to put up points. The issue has come on the defensive end, where injuries seem to have hurt the men the most. Such was the case on Saturday when EMU put up 82 points, including a 15-for-37 showing from outside, but still got outscored in a 90-82 loss at Randolph.
The 344 in attendance in Yoder Arena Wednesday night experienced the full gamut of emotions, from joy to sadness, elation to frustration, and everywhere in between. And that was just in the final five seconds.
The Runnin Royals ended the game on a 33-12 run, picking up a 74-68 road win at Hampden-Sydney Saturday afternoon. EMU’s basketball men (8-7/2-4 ODAC) got a much-needed victory in the rigorous Old Dominion Athletic Conference, snapping a two-game skid.
The pre-game hype for Wednesday’s rivalry game between EMU and Bridgewater never paid dividends on the floor, as the Runnin Royals scored the first 10 points on their home court and never looked back in a convincing 87-60 win.
The Runnin Royals played D-I James Madison University to a 37-37 draw in the first half, and were still within 53-50 midway through the second, before the Dukes pulled away for an 82-65 final. The Eastern Mennonite basketball men made a great showing in the meeting against their Division-1 neighbors before the mismatch on paper finally played out on the court.
The Royals used good shooting and stingy defense to run away to a 95-70 win over Ferrum College Wednesday night in Harrisonburg. EMU’s basketball men improve to 6-5 as they prepare for a few days off for Christmas before playing a D-I James Madison next week Wednesday.
Hood College turned on the defense over the final four minutes of Sunday’s game, scoring the final 12 points to send EMU’s basketball men to a 74-62 loss. The Runnin Royals allowed an opponent to shoot 51% for the second straight day, as they came home from the Rotary of Frederick Holiday Classic with a pair of losses.
The Runnin Royals had enough to erase a 17-point margin with just seconds remaining, but not enough to win, as Stockton University got the game-winning layup with 1.0 second left in an 80-79 decision at the Rotary of Frederick Holiday Classic Saturday evening.
The Runnin Royals broke the century mark and it was just enough to hold off a talented Moravian College team, earning a 105-100 win. Coupled with Friday’s 88-73 over Apprentice, Eastern Mennonite finishes 2-0 at the Don Glick Classic, improving their record to 5-3 on the year.
EMU’s bench accounted for 55 points as the basketball men rolled over the Apprentice School 88-73 at the Don Glick Classic on Friday. Four of the second unit scored in double figures as Eastern Mennonite improved to 4-3 on the year.
The bench made the difference Tuesday night in Harrisonburg, where EMU’s basketball men dropped a 71-69 decision to ODAC-rival Randolph-Macon College. The Yellow Jackets’ subs out-scored EMU’s 44-8, as the Royals fell to 0-2 in the conference and 3-3 overall.
The offense is certainly working, as EMU’s basketball men shot a season-high 55.6% from the floor in an 88-79 non-conference win at Averett Saturday afternoon. The Runnin Royals hit 12 three pointers and trailed for only 58 seconds as they improved to 3-2 on the season.
Despite a record-setting performance from beyond the arc, EMU’s basketball men couldn’t stop host Guilford, dropping a 94-88 decision in overtime Wednesday in Greensboro, N.C. The Runnin Royals even their overall record at 2-2 in the ODAC opener for both teams.
Junior Maleke Jones tied an EMU record with eight three-pointers as the Runnin Royals rolled to a 99-75 win over Gallaudet Saturday afternoon in Yoder Arena. Eastern Mennonite won both of their games at the EMU Tip-Off Invitational to improve to 2-1 on the young season.