YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- John Bowler scored 19 points and had 12
rebounds Friday to lead Eastern Michigan past California 67-65 in
the season opener for each team.
Gino Smith added 16 as Charles Ramsey won his debut as the
The loss spoiled the homecoming of Cal coach Ben Braun, who led
Eastern Michigan to three NCAA tournament berths during his 11-year
tenure. Ramsey was an assistant under Braun in the early 1990s.
Ayinde Ubaka had 17 points to lead the Bears, including a
3-pointer with 38.6 seconds to play that got them to within a
point. The Eagles' Craig Cashen made a free throw with 16.7 seconds
to play, and Ubaka missed a running jump shot from the top of the
key as time expired.
Eastern Michigan led 34-33 at halftime and built a 10-point lead
six minutes into the second half, but Cal outscored its hosts 14-2
in the next six minutes to get back into the game.
Braun, the Eagles' winningest coach, left the program in 1996 to
take the job at Cal. He was inducted into Eastern Michigan's
Athletic Hall of Fame before the game.