The men’s basketball team saw their first action at home last Saturday night, dropping a contest to Lynchburg by a score of 107 – 87.
In front of a thick crowd in Yoder Arena, Lynchburg jumped out to a 9 – 0 lead.
The Royals would find themselves trying to claw back into the game the rest of the way through.
After the early run, things slowed down as both teams issued out fouls and missed shots.
Every time EMU would close the gap, Lynchburg had an answer. In the first half the Royals cut the lead to 5 before Lynchburg went on a 10 – 0 run.
In the second half they made it a 57 – 53 game before the Hornets scored on the next 11 possessions to pull away.
The Royals did not do themselves any favors at the free throw line either. The men shot 54 percent from the line compared to LU’s 70 percent.
Despite being a team that likes to run, the Royals were also outscored 20 to 7 on fastbreak points as Lynchburg continually pushed the tempo of the game.
Junior Ryan Yates was a bright spot of the night.
He led all scorers with 18 points and delivered an emphatic block in the first half that brought the crowd to life.
Junior David Falk recorded his third double-double of the season with 16 points and a team high 13 rebounds.
The loss drops the Royals record to 2 – 2 on the young season.
They returned to Yoder arena on Sunday, Dec. 1, for a non-conference matchup against Christopher Newport University, who are 3 – 0 and received votes in the preseason Top 25 rankings. The Royals lost, this time 68 – 59.
-Adam Posey, Staff Writer; photo credit, Wayne Gehman, provided by EMU Marketing
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