December 9, 2012 in Division I
After playing several high major opponents the last two seasons, Eastern Michigan finally got the best of one, beating Purdue 47-44 Saturday. It was the first time the Eagles have beaten a Big Ten team since 1997. Impressively, the win came just one game after Eastern was beaten soundly by Syracuse.
Don’t look at the game’s shooting numbers though, they might burn your eyes out. Eastern shot just 30 percent for the game, but as Matt Sussman of Hustle Belt points out, the game was Rob Murphy‘s defensive principles at their best:
To wipe away 15 years of futility against those teams by topping a team who had Final Four aspirations in the last couple years is simply spectacular. That’s the realized potential of Eastern Michigan. Even though they were being out-powered on the glass, they were smart and methodical on offense, then played tough 35-second defense on the other side.