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Eastern Michigan wins first regular season game of the 2013-14 campaign

Nov 8, 2013, 2:19 PM EST

Rob Murphy AP

The college basketball season is finally underway, and we’ve got our first winner: Eastern Michigan.

With junior college transfer Karrington Ward leading four players in double figures with 17 points, the Eagles took care of Albion by the final score of 77-45. Glenn Bryant added 12 points off the bench for EMU and senior center Da’Shonte Riley accounted for six points, five rebounds, seven blocks and three steals.

Ward isn’t the only newcomer of note for the Eagles, as Duquesne transfer Mike Talley made his debut after sitting out the 2012-13 campaign. Talley finished the contest with ten points, five rebounds and four assists. EMU also played the first regular season game in college basketball last year, beating Rochester College 66-52.

Eastern Michigan returns four starters from last season’s squad, which finished with a 16-18 record (7-9 MAC West).