Ypsilanti — When Eastern Michigan needed a big basket, Raven Lee and Karrington Ward delivered. So did Michael Talley.
Lee, a sophomore guard from Romulus, scored 24 points and Ward, a 6-foot-7 senior from Lockport, Ill., had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Eagles to an 89-77 victory over Oakland University at the Convocation Center.
Talley had 11 points and seven assists as Eastern improved to 2-0.
But Talley is in an unusual position. He's coming off the bench. After transferring from Duquense, Talley started 26 of 27 games last season in his first year as an Eagle.
"Of course, any kid wants to play," said Talley, a senior from Melvindale and the son of former Michigan guard Michael Talley. "But I'll do whatever coach (Rob Murphy) wants. I use that energy coming off the bench to help the team in anyway I can."
Murphy was impressed and he knows it's not easy for Talley to come off the bench.
"I knew how tough Mike would be," Murphy said. "Coming off the bench for us is huge. He's a heck of a floor leader for us. Give Mike Talley a lot of credit."
Talley set the tone of the game with his scoring and playmaking. Two of his better assists resulted in tomahawk dunks by Ward. With EMU up 69-66, Talley drove the lane for a three-point play and then made a no-look pass to Ward for one of his slams.
"I just ran the floor hard and Mike found me," Ward said. "Mike will look out of the corner of his eye and pass. He won't look right at you but I knew the passes were coming."
Oakland (0-2) closed to within 67-66 with 6:30 left on a 3-pointer by Max Hooper, who made 6-of-11 3s for 18 points. But then the Eagles went on a 10-2 run and closed the game with a 22-11 scoring advantage.
It was a tough shooting night for Oakland sophomore guard Kahlil Felder, who was coming off a 23-point, 10-assist performance against No. 14 Iowa State. Felder missed 14-of-19 shots against the Eagles and finished with 15 points and nine assists. Tommie McCune also scored 15 for Oakland and Corey Petros had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
"Obviously, we're very disappointed in our performance," Oakland coach Greg Kampe said. "We're extremely disappointed in our defense. Eastern played harder and wanted to win. We didn't care. And I'm not taking anything anyway from Eastern. We got our butts kicked."
Eastern Michigan shot 49.2 percent from the field (30-of-61). Oakland, which was coming off a 11-point loss at Iowa State, shot 44.3 percent from the field.
Eastern Michigan hosts Youngstown State Thursday night. Oakland's next game is at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Western Michigan.
Miami (Fla.) 69, (at) No. 8 Florida 67: Angel Rodriguez scored 24 points, none bigger than those that came on a falling-down, hand-in-the-face 3-pointer with 16 seconds remaining, and Miami (2-0) overcame a 15-point deficit.
The Hurricanes scored 48 points in the second half as Rodriguez took over. The former Kansas State guard hit three consecutive 3-pointers that helped Miami take the lead with 1:45 left. His free throw tied it with 1:13 remaining. But his fifth 3 of the game was the dagger that ended Florida's school-record, 33-game winning streak at home.
Florida (1-1) had a final chance to send it to overtime, but Michael Frazier II missed a jumper as time expired.
Eli Carter led the Gators with 21 points, 16 in the second half.
Florida was down four players in the game, including starting forward Dorian Finney-Smith.
Finney-Smith missed the game because of two hairline fractures in the index and middle fingers on his left, non-shooting hand.
(At) No. 7 Louisville 88, Jacksonville State 39: Montrezl Harrell scored 15 as Louisville won its 14th straight home opener.
(At) Indiana 83, Texas Southern 64: Robert Johnson scored 17 of his 21 points in the first half, and James Blackmon Jr. scored all but two of his 19 in the second half, leading Indiana (2-0).
The Tigers (0-2) were coached by former Hoosiers coach Mike Davis in his first trip back to Assembly Hall.
(At) Maryland 93, Central Connecticut State 57: Dez Wells scored 27 and Jake Layman 14, leading Maryland.
The game was part of the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic.
Freshmen Dion Wiley and Melo Trimble each had 10 points for the Terrapins (2-0).
Northwestern 69, (at) Brown 56: JerShon Cobb and Sanjay Lumpkin combined for 31 points for Northwestern.
Brooklyn, New York, and Des Moines, Iowa, will host NCAA men's basketball tournament games for the first time in 2016.
... The NCAA announced it is keeping the men's basketball First Four at the University of Dayton through 2018.
...Senior forward Demetrius Treadwell has been suspended indefinitely by Akron for a violation of the school's student-athlete code of conduct.
... Defending national champion UConn announced the signing of two recruits: Jalen Adams, a 6-foot-2 guard who attends Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and 6-10 forward Steve Enoch from Norwalk.
Jim Spadafore is a freelance writer
Associated Press contributed