TOLEDO, Ohio (AP)JT Shumate and Dante Maddox Jr. combined to score 39 points and Toledo needed five starters scoring in double-digits to offset a 43-point effort from Emoni Bates and lift the Rockets to an 84-79 victory over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night.
Bates scored 29 straight EMU points in the first half and he established career highs for points scored (43), field goals made (15), and 3-pointer made (9). He was 15 of 23 from the field, 9 of 14 from deep and 4 for 4 from the line while grabbing seven rebounds.
Eastern Michigan (4-16, 1-6 Mid-American Conference) held an 11-point lead with 6:51 left after Jalin Billingsley hit two free throws to make it 67-56, but Maddox hit two 3s and added three more from the line and Shumate hit a 3 and knocked down five straight free throws and the Rockets (14-6, 5-2) pulled out the win.
Shumate was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc and went 9-for-9 from the line and scored 20 points to go with nine rebounds. Maddox hit 4 of 7 from distance and 7 of 10 from the line to post 19 points. RayJ Dennis added 17 points, Setric Millner Jr. had 16 and Ra’Heim Moss contributed 10.
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