Men's Hoops Roundup: Wednesday, Jan. 31

Updated 11/23/1999
  • Toledo 66, Ohio 53
  • Northwestern 79, Buffalo 63
  • Central Michigan 78, Akron 75
  • Bowling Green 77, Western Michigan 61
  • Miami 62, Eastern Michigan 48

    Rockets Tame Bobcats, 66-53

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Greg Stempin had 21 points and 10 rebounds as Toledo held Ohio below 30 percent shooting Wednesday night in a 66-53 victory.

    Nick Moore added 12 points and Craig Rodgers 11 for the Rockets (13-7 overall, 5-4 Mid-American Conference). Robierre Cullars had 11 rebounds as Toledo had a 45-30 edge off the glass.

    Brandon Hunter had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Ohio and was the only player in double figures for the Bobcats (11-7, 6-3).

    Ohio got within 51-49 with 5:41 to play, but a 10-0 run by Toledo made it 61-49 at the 1:11 mark. Rodgers had the first four points of the run.

    Toledo, which led 33-28 at halftime, made 50 percent of its shots in both halves and was 18-for-36 from the field. Ohio was 19-for-65 for 29.2 percent and made one 3-point attempt in 21 tries.

    Toledo's 13-point margin of victory matched its advantage in free throws. The Rockets made 27-of-45 from the line while the Bobcats were 14-of-22.

    Buffalo Falls at Northwestern, 79-63

    Northwestern's Tavaras Hardy works against Buffalo's Ed McCants in the first half in Evanston, Ill.
    (AP Photo/Fred Jewell))

    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern had four starters in double figures and used a hard-nosed defense Wednesday night to down Buffalo 79-63 and snap an eight-game losing streak.

    Center Tavaras Hardy led the Wildcats (8-13) in this first-ever meeting between the two teams with a season-high 21 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Forward Ben Johnson and guard Jitim Young, despite playing with a dislocated finger, tallied 16 points apiece. Young also had four steals.

    Forward Winston Blake added 10 points for Northwestern, which cruised to a 42-30 lead at halftime and never looked back. The Wildcats shot 53.8 percent (17-for-32) from the field in the game, well above their 41.2 percent average for the season.

    Guard Louis Campbell (game-high 23 points) and forward Robert Brown (15) paced the Bulls (2-15), who suffered their 10th straight defeat. Buffalo, which was held to 43.4 percent (23-for-58) shooting from the floor in the contest, has not won a game on the road against a non-conference opponent since Nov. 23, 1999.

    It was Northwestern's first victory since Dec. 27, when it defeated then-No. 16 USC, 63-61, and coach Bill Carmody's 100th win as a head coach. Most of them came while he was at Princeton.

    Northwestern has lost 30 straight regular-season Big Ten games.

    Chippewas Stop Zips, 78-75

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Chris Kaman scored 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting as Central Michigan moved closer to its first winning season in more than a decade with a 78-75 win over Akron on Wednesday night.

    David Webber added 19 points with 10 rebounds and five assists, both game highs, for the Chippewas (14-4, 8-1 Mid-American). Chad Pleiness scored 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting.

    Andre Sims' 18 points led the Zips (8-10, 5-4), who finished with a 9-2 advantage in 3-pointers and shot 53 percent from the field, but allowed Central to shoot 60 percent. Rashon Brown added 16 points, Nate Schindewolf 13 and David Falknor 12 for Akron.

    The Chippewas, bidding to go from worst to first in the MAC West, stretched their divisional lead over idle Ball State to three full games.

    Falcons Run Past Broncos, 77-61

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Keith McLeod scored 22 points and Len Matela had 15 points and 11 rebounds as Bowling Green defeated Western Michigan 77-61 Wednesday night.

    Trent Jackson added 16 points for Bowling Green (7-10, 3-5 Mid-American Conference), including five during a 13-0 run that gave the Falcons a 56-42 lead with 8:57 remaining.

    Jon Powell scored 18 points, Robby Collum 16 and Steve Reynolds 11 for Western Michigan (4-16, 4-6), which lost trailed 28-27 at halftime and never led in the second half.

    After the Broncos pulled within 43-42 on Powell's 3-pointer with 12:13 remaining, Josh Almanson scored on a layup to start the Falcons' 13-point surge.

    Brandon Pardon hit two free throws and Jackson made a 3-pointer to make it 50-42. Jackson closed the run with two free throws, putting Bowling Green ahead by 14.

    Pardon had eight points and eight assists, but committed seven of Bowling Green's 19 turnovers.

    The Broncos hit only 22-of-57 (38.6 percent) shots from the field and were outscored 26-10 at the free throw line. The Falcons hit 26-of-33 (78.8 percent) free throws and 23-of-38 (47.9 percent) field goals.

    RedHawks Clip Eagles, 62-48

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- Mike Ensminger scored 16 points and Miami University held Eastern Michigan to 17 first-half points en route to a 62-48 victory Wednesday night.

    The RedHawks (10-11, 6-4 Mid-American) scored 17 points off 17 turnovers by the Eagles (2-16, 0-9) while committing only seven themselves. Eastern had a 28-27 advantage in rebounds but shot only 34.2 percent.

    Ensminger and Alex Shorts each had seven rebounds while Matt Jameson had five assists, one less than the Eagles' total. Shorts added 15 points for Miami.

    Melvin Hicks scored 16 points for Eastern before fouling out. C.J. Grantham added 12 points and Ryan Prillman had 10 points and four blocked shots for the Eagles, who hit 19-of-22 free throws but were just 3-of-14 from 3-point range.