MAC Men's Basketball Update: Games of Jan. 15

Updated 1/16/2000

RedHawks Stop Zips' Streak
NIU KO's Cards
Divisional Races Tighten The Gap
Ohio Stopped By #1 Cincinnati

MAC Saturday saw the Miami RedHawks halt the Akron Zips six-game MAC winning streak with a 55-48 win at the JAR in Akron. The three other East Division contenders who played league games all won - Kent, Bowling Green and Marshall - and gained a game on the Zips.

In the West Divison, Northern Illinois won its second straight league game and handed Ball State its third straight MAC loss in a 76-64 decision in Muncie. West leader Eastern Michigan lost at Marshall and saw its lead slip to one-half game over NIU.

Miami 55 at Akron 48 - The RedHawks (7-6, 3-2) scored the last nine points of the game while the Zips (12-4, 6-1) were scoreless the last five minutes. Anthony Taylor led the RedHawks with 18 points and Jason Stewart pumped in 11 off the bench. Miami made 14-of-15 free throws. Akron's Ryan Andrick was the lone Zip in double figures with 14 points.

Northern Illinois 76 at Ball State 64 - The Huskies (9-6, 3-3) moved into contention for the West Division title with its 12-point win over the Cardinals (10-4, 2-3) who lost their third in a row. NIU pre-season all-MAC pick and Anson Mount Scholar Athlete of the Year T.J. Lux scored 24 points on 7-of-12 from the field and 10-of-13 from the free throw line. Leon Rodgers added 21 and Mike Brown 11 for the Huskies, who won despite committing 21 turnovers. NIU shot 56.5% (26-of-56) from the field and held BSU to 35.6% (21-of-59) from the floor. Duane Clemens led the Cardinals with 14 points. BSU has now lost three in a row, all MAC games, since its 10-game winning streak.

At Marshall 83, Eastern Michigan 68 - The Thundering Herd (13-2, 5-2) sped to a 19-point half-time lead and cruised to their third straight league win over the Eagles (9-5, 3-2), which lost their second consecutive MAC contest. All five Marshall starters scored in double figures, led by MAC scoring leader Tamar Slay's 20. Marshall's guard combination of Cornelius Jackson (18, 6) and Travis Young (11, 7) combined for 29 points and 13 assists. EMU's Antonio Gates had 19 points and 12 rebounds while Ryan Prillman chipped in with 16 points off the bench.

At Kent 89, Buffalo 53 - Six Golden Flashes' (12-2, 4-1) players scored in double figures in their win over the Bulls (3-12, 1-5), who were coming off their first MAC win of the year. Guard Demetric Shaw led the Flashes with 14 points, six rebounds and four steals. Geoffrey Vaughn added 13 points in 19 minutes off the bench. UB's Jon Kleidon led his team with 10 points.

At Central Michigan 88, Western Michigan 72 - The Chippewas (4-10, 1-4) snapped a nine-game losing streak with their win over the Broncos (5-9, 1-4). CMU score 51 second-half points and placed four players with 15 or more points, including a high of 17 from Chad Pleiness. CMU's Tim Kisner made all 12 of his free throw attempts and the Chippewas made 26-of-27 free throws overall. WMU's Jon Powell came off the bench to lead all scorers with 27.

At Bowling Green 93, Toledo 76 - The Falcons (12-3, 4-1) jumped to an 18-point half-time lead to route the Rockets (7-10, 1-5). BG's Len Matela made 12-of-13 field goals and the Falcons improved on their league leading field goal shooting by making 33-of-54 (61.1%). Matela was just short of the MAC field goal percentage record for a single game which is 12-of-12 by Kent's John Whorton in 1998 versus Akron and Central Michigan's Jeff Tropf in 1978 versus Northern Illinois. Toledo was paced in scoring by Robierre Cullars' 23 points and Chad Kamstra's 18.

At Cincinnati 73, Ohio 59 - In a non-league game, the Bobcats (9-8, 2-3) fell to the #1 ranked Bearcats (16-1). UC led 34-29 at the half before outscoring the Bobcats 39-30 in the second frame. Ohio (23-of-51, 45.1%) outshot the Bearcats (26-of-62, 41.9%) from the field and also held a 39-34 rebounding edge but also committed 22 turnovers to UC's eight. UC's Pete Mickeal led all scorers with 18 points. Steve Esterkamp paced Ohio with 13.

Monday, January 17
*Bowling Green at Central Michigan, 7:00, CMU TV Network
*Buffalo at Ohio, 7:00
*Eastern Michigan at Miami, 7:00
*Kent at Northern Illinois, 7:35, Fox Sports Net Chicago

Tuesday, January 18
Marshall vs. WVU (at Charleston), 8:00, WOWK-TV

Wednesday, January 19
*Akron at Eastern Michigan, 7:00
*Ball State at Kent, 7:00, Ball State Sports Network
*Miami at Bowling Green, 7:00, WKRC-CBS
*Toledo at Western Michigan, 7:00

Thursday, January 20
*Ohio at Central Michigan, 7:00, CMU TV Network

Saturday, January 22
*Central Michigan at Ball State, 1:00
*Marshall at Northern Illinois, 2:05
*Eastern Michigan at Toledo, 3:00, MAC TV Regional Syndication
*Western Michigan at Ohio, 3:00
*Kent at Akron, 4:00, WVPX-TV
*Buffalo at Miami, 4:00