YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Derek Thompson scored eight points and Eastern Michigan held off Purdue 47-44 on Saturday afternoon.
The Boilermakers (4-5) rebounded a missed free throw and had a chance for a tying basket with 8.7 seconds to play, but Dru Anthrop threw the ball away near midcourt. It was the last of Purdue's 18 turnovers.
The Eagles (6-2) missed all eight of their tries from behind the arc in the first half but made three in the first five minutes of the second, including Glenn Bryant's 3-pointer that broke a 26-all tie 3 minutes in and gave Eastern Michigan the lead for good.
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