Michigan basketball outlasts Eastern Michigan's Emoni Bates 88-83 at ACL

Michigan basketball outlasts Eastern Michigan’s Emoni Bates 88-83 at ACL

It was technically a Michigan basketball home game, even though it was played 45 minutes from Ann Arbor.

The Wolverines had more fans in the crowd, around 75% of the 14,206 spectators who thronged Little Caesars Arena wore corn and blue, but they didn’t make noise until late because it’s Emoni Bates from eastern Michigan which stole the show.

But in the end, Michigan (2-0) stole the game, avoiding an upset with an 88-83 victory, behind Hunter Dickinson who had 31 points and seven rebounds and Terrance Williams II who scored his first double-double in career with 18 points. and 11 rebounds.

“You can learn a lot from a win, it doesn’t have to be a loss,” coach Juwan Howard said. “We knew going into an atmosphere like that it would be a racing game… we knew it would be a very competitive game that was expected.

“Our guys did an amazing job of mental stability. When the races were in Eastern Michigan’s favor and we were down, we could have easily folded and we didn’t.”

Eastern Michigan forward Emoni Bates scores against Michigan in the first half of UM's 88-83 win Friday November 9, 2022 at Little Caesars Arena.

Bates, the Ypsilanti native and first five-star prospect to ever play for a MAC team, who was transferred home after a disappointing first season and then battled legal issues earlier in the fall – resulting in a suspension from the team and then reinstatement just over a month later – looked like a player with the weight of the world lifted off his shoulders.

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