Former five-star recruit and Eastern Michigan wing Emoni Bates He showed his scoring pop on Tuesday night, scoring 29 consecutive points in the first half for the Eagles against Toledo. Bates went into the locker room with 29 of Eastern Michigan’s 35 points as the Eagles beat Toledo 36-35.
Jalen Bilinsley scored twice on the bench before the first TV timeout, with Youssef Jihad adding a jumper minutes later. That’s when Bates began his impressive run, scoring Eastern Michigan’s final 29 points of the half.
Here’s how it started with less than 14 minutes left in the game: four 3-pointers, then a jumper, then two more 3s, then a layup, then a dunk. He made another 3-pointer and added two free throws.
Eastern Michigan trailed by eight points when Bates started scoring, closing the gap at halftime.
Bates went 10-14 from the field, including 7-of-9 from the 3-point line, and attempted no field goals. He made both free kick attempts. Bates’ teammates scored twice in the 13-minute stretch.
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A top-ranked small forward and no. A Class 6 overall pick in 2022, Bates began his college career at Memphis, but played in just 18 games, starting 13, as he battled injuries. Bates is averaging 9.7 points while shooting 38.6% from the field.
He opted to stay closer to home for his second collegiate season, and although it didn’t bring success to the team, he regained some of the form his top hopes had.
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Entering Tuesday night’s game, 247Sports’ top-rated transfer in the 2022 class averaged 19.3 points and 5.6 rebounds, improving his shooting percentage across the board.