MAC Pepsi Players of the WeekMen's Basketball Notes
Buffalo and Western Michigan win first MAC game of 2000
At Miami 86, Ball State 84 - triple overtime: The Cardinals (10-3, 2-2) played their second consecutive triple overtime game, having also lost on Saturday, Jan. 8, to Eastern Michigan 98-93. Miami (6-6, 2-2) scored the game-winning points on a lay-up by Refiloe Lethunya with one second left in the third OT. The RedHawks Anthony Taylor sent the game in the first OT when his basket with 39 seconds on the clock tied the game at 64-64. The second OT resulted from a Theron Smith three-pointer for Ball State that knotted the score at 77-77 and preceded two missed free throws by Lethunya with six seconds left. Taylor led all scorers with 28 points while Josh Murray posted 25 points and Duane Clemens 22 for the Cardinals. The game was the 13th involving a league school that went overtime this year.
At Western Michigan 91, Bowling Green 82: The Broncos (5-8, 1-3) won their first MAC game of the year behind 20 point performances by three players. Rod Brown's 21 points paced the Western attack and two other players, Bronson Nichols and Thadus Williams, each scored 20. Bowling Green (11-3, 3-1) had its five-game winning streak snapped despite having five players score in double figures, including a team-high 22 by Anthony Stacey.
Marshall 91 at Toledo 90: Tamar Slay, the MAC's leading scorer, and J.R. Van Hoose each scored 23 points to lead the Thundering Herd (12-2, 4-2). Toledo (7-9, 1-4), playing its first game without All-MAC forward Greg Stempin, who will miss up to four weeks because of an elbow injury, was led by Robierre Cullars' 25 points and nine rebounds.
At Buffalo 71, Central Michigan 58: In a battle of two teams with eight-game losing streaks, the Bulls (3-11, 1-4) won their first MAC game of the season while the Chippewas (3-10, 0-4) lost their ninth consecutive. Louis Campbell paced Buffalo's scoring with 18 points as interim head coach Reggie Witherspoon registered his first win. CMU's David Webber scored a game-high 21 points and Tim Kisner 20.
Kent 80 at Eastern Michigan 67: Kent (11-2, 3-1) received no more than 13 points from any one player but got eight or more points from seven players. Nate Meers' 13 points off the bench led the Golden Flashes and three others, KyremMassey, John Whorton and Demetric Shaw, each contributed 11. Corey Tarrant scored a game-high 18 points for the Eagles (9-4, 3-1) who suffered their first MAC loss of the season and first home loss in six games.