YPSILANTI, Mich. — Elijah Minnie scored 22 points, James Thompson IV had 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Eastern Michigan beat NAIA Spring Arbor 92-60 on Friday in the first Division I college basketball game of the season.
Zach Medendorp scored the nation’s first points as Spring Arbor took an early 6-2 lead.
Ty Groce added 15 points and six steals for Eastern Michigan, which had 16 steals and eight blocks. Kevin McAdoo made two of the Eagles’ 10 3-pointers and finished with 10 points. Groce and McAdoo are both part of nine new additions for the Eagles this season.
EMU led 40-25 at the break, led by Minnie’s 15 points. Minnie, a redshirt junior, played his first game for the Eagles after sitting out last season due to transferring from Robert Morris.
Freshman Brandon Durnell made 5 of 7 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Spring Arbor. Medendorp had 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Cougars were held to 36 percent shooting and turned it over 24 times.