YPSILANTI, Mich. — Junior James Thompson IV had his 41st career double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, and passed the legendary George “Ice Man” Gervin in double-doubles as Eastern Michigan beat NAIA Division II Michigan-Dearborn 97-73 on Sunday.
Elijah Minnie led Eastern Michigan (2-0) in scoring with 27 points on 10-for-14 shooting, and Paul Jackson and Tim Bond each scored 15 points for the Eagles.
Ashton Curd made a 3-pointer to bring the Wolverines within 49-46 to start the second half. From there, Eastern Michigan (2-0) went on an 18-7 run over the next six minutes and went up 67-53 on Thompson’s layup with 13 minutes remaining.
The Wolverines never led but proved feisty, pulling within 49-43 at halftime.
Gage Throgmorton led Michigan-Dearborn with 22 points and Jason Penn added 18 points and seven rebounds. Throgmorton made six of the Wolverines’ 14 3-pointers.