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Ryan Cooper | | February 28, 2017

Eastern Michigan's Ray Lee drops 50 points in win

  Ray Lee exploded for 50 points against Central Michigan on Tuesday.

Marcus Keene and Central Michigan got a taste of their own medicine on their home court Tuesday night. 

Keene, the nation's leading scorer, watched as Ray Lee of Eastern Michigan exploded for 50 points in a 109-81 victory.

Lee's 50-point outing was the third of the season around the country, joining Keene's 50 on Jan. 21 and Mike Daum of South Dakota, who still holds the lead with 51 points on Feb. 18.

The night Lee had, which featured the single-game EMU scoring record, was particularly notable for his torrid outside shooting. His 10 3-pointers were the third-most made in a game this year, and he needed just 16 attempts to get there. When he ventured inside the arc, he put up a 7-of-10 mark. He split the halves almost evenly, dropping 26 in the first and 24 in the second. At one point in the first half he had 10 points in 93 seconds.

Lee, a redshirt senior out of Detroit, broke his previous career high of 46 from last season. That had previously broken the Eastern Michigan single-game scoring record. For the year, the 6-foot-3 guard is averaging 15.5 points per game on 41.1 percent shooting.

The Eagles have one more regular-season game before heading to Cleveland for the Mid-American Conference tournament. Lee might have to repeat Tuesday night a few more times, but Eastern Michigan could be a force to be reckoned with if he can.

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