Ball State Advances With a 64-63 Win Over Toledo

Updated 3/5/2000
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    CLEVELAND (March 5)(AP) -- Cedric Moodie made his free throws when Ball State couldn't afford another miss.

    Moodie hit two free throws with 13.3 seconds remaining in overtime and Ball State advanced to the semifinals of the Mid-American Tournament with a 64-63 quarterfinal win over Toledo.

    Despite making just 8 of 17 shots from the line, the Cardinals (20-8), the tourney's No. 2 seed, advanced to Monday's semifinals to play the winner of Sunday's fourth quarterfinal between Kent and Ohio.

    Moodie's shots capped another thrilling quarterfinal as Sunday's first three games all went down to the final possession.

    Seventh-seeded Toledo (18-13) forced overtime when Nick Moore banked in a 15-footer at the buzzer, climaxing a wild final minute of regulation. The Rockets had their 11-game winning streak stopped.

    There was one upset in the first two quarterfinals and nearly a second.

    In the opener, Jason Grunkemeyer hit a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer and No. 9 seed Miami of Ohio stunned top seed Bowling Green 58-56.

    Marshall, the No. 5 seed, followed by escaping with a 58-56 win over 13th-seeded Central Michigan when Travis Young hit a runner in the lane with 37 seconds left.

    Miami and Marshall will meet in Monday's first semifinal at 7 p.m. The championship is Wednesday night.

    The Toledo-Ball State provided some of the day's best drama.

    Cardinals guard Duane Clemens, who went scoreless in the first half as he was hounded by Toledo defenders, converted a three-point play with 11.3 seconds remaining in regulation to put Ball State up 57-55.

    The Rockets rushed the ball up the floor and Toledo appeared to take the lead when guard Chad Kamstra nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key. But the shot was waved off because Toledo coach Stan Joplin had asked for a timeout.

    Kamstra missed another 3 with four seconds to play, but Moore picked up the loose ball, spun and banked in his game-tying shot. Officials had to review TV replays to confirm Moore's shot was not a 3-pointer.

    Toledo scored the first four points in OT before Ball State's Mickey Hosier, who made several big plays down the stretch in regulation, hit a 3-pointer to bring the Cardinals within one.

    After Moore hit two free throws, Clemens hit a layup to make it 63-62. Kamstra was fouled, but the senior guard, an 87 percent free throw shooter, missed the front end of a 1-and-1.

    Moodie knocked down his two free throws and on Toledo's last trip Kamstra missed a jumper and Craig Rodgers was short with a 10-footer just before the clock expired.

    Clemens scored 16 points _ all in the second half _ and Theron Smith had 11 and eight rebounds before fouling out in OT for Ball State.

    Rodgers had 15 points, Kamstra 14 and Stempin 13 for Toledo.