EMU made run after run in the second half, but couldn’t overcome Washington and Lee’s lead, eventually dropping a 97-82 decision on the road Wednesday night. Now 5-8 overall, the Royals will look for their first conference win on Saturday afternoon against Lynchburg College.
EMU’s basketball men failed to find their rhythm against Guilford College in Yoder Arena on Saturday afternoon. As a result, the Runnin Royals fell to the Quakers in a 74-58 loss, shooting just 7-for-24 from long range. The decision drops the Royals to 5-7 overall and 0-4 in the ODAC.
Eastern Mennonite University has announced that head men’s basketball coach Kirby Dean will resign at the end of the current season. He has accepted a position as the director of parks and recreation for Rockingham County.
Despite a rocky game, the Runnin Royals were nearly rescued by a last-second three pointer at the end of regulation and overtime. Both went in, however, Bridgewater’s men responded with threes of their own to steal a late 81-80 decision over Eastern Mennonite Wednesday night in Harrisonburg.
When the Royals make stops on the defensive end, it’s nearly impossible to stop them on the offensive side. That simple formula held true Wednesday night, as the EMU basketball men rolled over visiting Frostburg State, 89-72.
The Runnin Royals had seven finish in double figures as Eastern Mennonite rolled over Keystone College, 109-88, on Saturday afternoon in Bridgewater, Va. EMU won both of its games at the Don Glick Classic to improve to 4-5 overall.
If close losses make you better down the road, Eastern Mennonite will become a force to be reckoned with come February. The Runnin Royals had their chances against Averett University in the final minutes but came up short in a 88-85 loss in Yoder Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has recently announced its association with the V University virtual campus supporting cancer research through the V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Events in support of the initiative are scheduled for each basketball-sponsoring member institution.
For the first 20 minutes, Eastern Mennonite and Hampden-Sydney went back and forth, locked in a game with a few ties and nine lead changes. The Runnin Royals began to find their stride in the second, but ultimately the score tilted in the Tigers' favor, 80-73.
The Royals used good shooting, assisted play, and stingy defense to run away to a 98-83 win over Hood College Tuesday night in Harrisonburg. Senior RaShawn Latimer led the charge for EMU finishing with 24 points, five assists and three rebounds. Eastern Mennonite improves to 2-2 on the season.
With 5 seconds left in overtime, Xavier McCants (Olney, Md./Sherwood) took off, hoping to get to the hoop or find an open man. Instead the Royals felt the pressure and called a time out with just 2.1 seconds left. Unfortunately there was just not enough time for the EMU men to convert, as they fell 86-85 to the University of Mary Washington in the 2017 season opener.
Head men’s basketball coach Kirby Dean acknowledged that there are two different philosophies when it comes to scheduling a season. The first option is to schedule games that translate to a winning record from the start. The second option values scheduling opponents that will challenge and prepare a team to peak at the right time, which in turn, could deflate the number of victories within a single season.
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.