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EMU men's and women's basketball off to a promising 2012-13 season

Basketball Season Off to Promising Start for Men and Women

EMU Basketball Men Hoping To Catch Another Round Of Lightning Update: After a 79-71 win over Mary Washington University on Dec. 19, the Runnin Royals were 1-2 within the ODAC and 8-4 overall. The team returns to the court after the holiday break on Jan. 5 at Emory & Henry College ...More

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Second Half Run Keeps Men’s Basketball Perfect On Season

The Runnin Royals controlled the second half Sunday afternoon, dumping in 50 points in the period to roll to an 83-72 win over Marymount University. Eastern Mennonite improves to 4-0 with the win. The men jumped to a 9-2 lead, but then watched the Saints score the next six points to make it a ball game. Marymount had a couple of two-point leads before the teams sailed into halftime tied ...More

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Royals Erase Late Deficit To Top Ferrum In OT, 91-81

The EMU men did the right things at the right time Saturday afternoon, coming back from a seven-point deficit to force overtime and take a 91-81 win from Ferrum.  The Runnin Royals won both games at their own EMU Tip-Off Classic to start the year 2-0. After falling behind 9-2, Eastern Mennonite led by as much as 35-21 before turnovers and poor free throw shooting let the Panthers get ba ...More

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EMU Basketball Men Hoping To Catch Another Round Of Lightning

EMU men’s basketball Coach Kirby Dean will quickly stop short of directly comparing this year’s team with his 2009-10 team which made the program’s only NCAA Tournament appearance.  But it’s hard not to compare them. In 2009-10, the Runnin Royals returned all five of their starters from a 15-11 campaign and vaulted to the Elite Eight in the national tourney, fini ...More

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Royals Place 61 Student-Athletes On All-Academic Team

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference has announced its All-Academic Team for the 2011-12 season, and Eastern Mennonite University saw an increase to 61 student-athletes earning a spot.  Last year 53 Royals were named to the team. Each of EMU’s sports was represented on the ODAC All-Academic Team except for men’s volleyball, which competes in the Continental Volleyball Conference.  ...More

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Hello, Player Calling

When Kirby Dean first took the men’s basketball coaching job at Eastern Mennonite University in 2003, he didn’t spend much time recruiting transfer players. Nine years later, that hasn’t changed. The difference is that now, transfers are coming to him. Division III EMU will debut at least two and possibly three transfers this season, including power forw ...More

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EMU Wraps Up Athletic Year With Honors Banquet

Eastern Mennonite University held its Athletic Honors Banquet on April 17 in a time of reflecting upon and honoring the journeys of the Royals’ student-athletes.  Seniors Andy Richter (Perkasie, PA/Christopher Dock) and Marla Young (Fishersville, VA/Wilson Memorial) won the President’s Awards, the highest athletic award given out by EMU. ...More

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Featured Athlete: Andrew Thorne

Name: Andrew Thorne Year: Junior Sport: Men’s Basketball Hometown/High School: Front Royal, VA/Skyline Specs: All-ODAC Third Team (2012).  Started all 27 games this year, averagi ...More

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Royals Control BC, 79-65, Head To Salem

Rivalry games always have a little something special about them, and Tuesday night was no exception when Eastern Mennonite hosted rival Bridgewater in an ODAC Tournament First Round game.  The Runnin Royals scored the 15 in the game, but trailed at halftime before running away with a 79-65 decision. Seventh-seeded EMU heads into the ODAC Quarterfinals where they will play second-seeded ...More

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The One and Only

Courtesy Daily News Record, Jan. 26, 2011 The student body at Eastern Mennonite University is about 45 percent Mennonite. So as the only Mennonite on the school’s most popular athletic team, it isn’t hard to figure out why Owen Longacre is a fan favorite at Yoder Arena. “I stand out a little on the team, obviously,” said Longacre, a junior forward ...More