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Season Preview: Basketball men have big expectations

The talent is there for something special to happen. And based on the way they ended last year, history also gives a positive nod to the possibility. But EMU men’s basketball coach Kirby Dean says it comes down to one simple thing – chemistry. “We have a lot of good players,” explained the Runnin Royals’ 12th-yea ...More

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Offense clicks in ODAC win at Shenandoah

Marcel Crump (Richmond, Va./Highland Springs) and RJ Sims (Fort Washington, Md./Friendly) combined for 56 points as the Eastern Mennonite basketball men picked up a 78-72 win at Shenandoah Wednesday night. The Runnin Royals shot 55 percent during the decisive second half as they improve to 10-8 overall and 5-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. EMU has now won four of their last fi ...More

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Sims catches fire to push EMU past Eagles

Senior RJ Sims (Fort Washington, Md./Friendly) picked a great time to break out of his offensive funk, as he scored 14 points over the final 7:38 of Wednesday night’s game with Bridgewater, and nearly single-handedly carried Eastern Mennonite to a 62-54 win.  The Royals trailed by seven points ...More

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Men’s Basketball: Reaching their ceiling at the right time

On paper, it looks like the Runnin Royals have their work cut out for them this season.  While they do have to replace three of their top four scorers, Coach Kirby Dean feels he has a deeper basketball team this year. “Our overall numbers are down, but I think we’ll actually play more guys,” said Dean.  “I think 11 or 12 of our guys are going to play minutes, so ...More

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EMU Men Hold Off Generals In Overtime, 91-84

The Runnin Royals survived in overtime Wednesday night, shooting 63% from the floor in the extra session to earn a hard-fought 91-84 win over Washington and Lee.  The Generals got a three pointer with seven seconds left in regulation to force OT, but EMU never trailed in the bonus time and improved to 10-4 overall. Despite leading 40-27 at halftime, the Royals watched as Washington and ...More

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Runnin Royals Hold Off Goucher On The Road, 66-63

The Runnin Royals picked up a hard-fought win on the road Monday night, holding off Goucher College in a 66-63 decision.  Eastern Mennonite improves to 6-1 overall. Despite being saddled with foul trouble over the first 20 minutes, the men led much of the opening frame.  They scored the final five points going into halftime, capped by a ...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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Men’s Basketball Season Preview: Continuing A Legacy

Replacing the most successful class in EMU history is no easy task, but that’s exactly what men’s basketball coach Kirby Dean has on his plate for the 2011-12 season. Last year Eastern Mennonite finished 22-5 with a starting lineup of ...More