The Eastern Mennonite University men's basketball team started in a hole and never got out of it Tuesday night, dropping an 82-55 decision at home to Mary Washington.
The Runnin Royals (0-2) head to Ohio this weekend for the 2019 Shrine Tournament. EMU gets host Marietta Friday at 8:00pm, and then on Saturday will play either LaRoche or Mount St. Joseph.
Things started poorly against Mary Washington, with the Eagles getting a wide-open three pointer just eight seconds into play. Within two minutes, the Royals were in a 10-0 hole.
The margin grew to 16 points before back-to-back three pointers from freshman Deion Harwood (Goochland, Va./Goochland) trimmed it to 31-21. But that would be as close as EMU would get as Mary Washington closed the half on a 14-6 run to lead 45-27.
The Royals slowed UMW down a bit in the second half, but couldn't muster the offense to make a comeback.
Freshman Syncere Harwood (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) exploded for 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting after going scoreless in his first collegiate game on Saturday. The backup point guard added four rebounds a pair of steals. Harwood finished with nine points and four boards. Mizz Nyagwegwe (Norristown, Pa./Dock Mennonite) added nine counters on a trio of threes as the three players led EMU's reserves to 34 of their team's points.
Anias Saunders led Mary Washington with 18 points while Drew Johnson was good for 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.