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Turk’s Dunk Catches ESPN’s Eye

The Eastern Eagles men’s basketball team’s record is currently 7-9. However, this team is currently on a hot streak winning their last three games and improving their conference record to 3-2. The Eagles look like they might have turned their season around. Their most impressive win so far this season was a 115-55 blowout of PSU-Brandywine. In this game the Eagles showed how much depth they have, by having six players score in double figures.

They did this without their leading scorer Shaquan Turk for most of the game. Turk only played for six minutes in this game. Turk has been extremely impressive this year. He is leading the team in points per game average. He is averaging 13.5 points per game and made the play of the year during Eastern’s last win against Manhattanville College.

Shaquan Turk's dunk got national attentionErica Engle | EU Sports Information

Shaquan Turk’s dunk got national attention

With two minutes remaining in the game Turk caught the ball on a breakaway and posterized his defender, dunking over him. The crowd went wild after the dunk and Turk got some national recognition for the play. His dunk caught the eye of ESPN, and they put the EagleVision footage of the play on ESPN.com and tweeted the video using their ESPN Highlights Twitter page. It may be too early to call that play of the year for Eastern Men’s Basketball, but it will be extremely tough to top that dunk.

Other players on this team have also been really impressive this year. The Eagles have two other players averaging points in the double digits. Malcom Garrison is averaging 11.1 points per game and Tarek Hamzeh is averaging 10.9 points per game. Guard Austin James is tied with Shaquan Turk in rebounds per game with 5.4 rebounds per game. Eastern seems to be going in the right direction this season, winning their last three conference games. They seem to have a very good shot at making the conference tournament and quite possibly winning the conference championship. If the Eagles were to win the conference championship, it would be their first ever trip to the NCAA tournament.

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