Men's Basketball Roundup - November 29

Updated 11/30/2000
  • UW-Green Bay 49, Eastern Michigan 48
  • Kent State 56, St. Bonaventure 53
  • Illinois-Chicago 84, Northern Illinois 64
  • Toledo 78, Detroit 72
  • Central Michigan 73, Drake 68

    UW-Green Bay Edges Eastern Michigan, 49-48

    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- UW-Green Bay freshman Chris Sager connected on a floating jumpshot with five seconds remaining in the game to give the visiting Phoenix a 49-48 win over the Eastern Michigan Eagles in Ypsilanti, Mich. Wednesday night. UW-Green Bay rallied from a seven-point deficit late in the second half to take steal the win in the final seconds. The Phoenix improves to 3-2 on the season, while Eastern Michigan drops to 0-3.

    Phoenix freshman Kevin Hughes drained a three-pointer, his only field goal of the game, with 2:30 remaining to tie the score, 45-45. UW-Green Bay turned the ball over on the next two possessions, giving Eastern Michigan an uncontested layup and a 1-2 trip at the line to extend a 48-45 lead.

    Sophomore Mike King finished off a left-handed shot in the post with :45 left on the clock to cut the lead to one, 48-47. An Eastern Michigan miss gave UW-Green Bay the ball and a chance to win the game with :36 left to play. Sager missed an open 17-footer and the Eagles' Rod Wells was immediately fouled on the rebound. Wells, an 87.5 percent free throw shooter on the season, missed both ends of the double-bonus breathing life into the Phoenix' hopes with :12 left. Hughes cleared the rebound on the second miss, setting up Sager's heroics. A desperation three-point effort for the Eagles was off the mark at the buzzer sounded.

    In a game featuring a pair of defensive-minded squads, field goal shooting was spotty and points came at a premium. The game was tied, 20-20, at the half with both teams shooting below 32 percent from the floor. Senior Tyson Radney was a monster on the boards for the Eagles, ripping down 13 caroms in the first half alone and finishing the game with a Convocation Center record 19 rebounds.

    King led all scorers with a season-high 17 points for the Phoenix. Reserve guard DeVante Blanks added eight, including a pair of three-pointers. Sager scored eight points including the game-winner. Sophomore swingman Chancellor Collins chipped in a traditional three-point play in the second half to go with his team-high six rebounds and two steals. Hughes scored four points and pulled down five defensive rebounds, including three in the final minute of play.

    UW-Green Bay was able to sneak away with the road win despite a rough shooting night and a significant disparity at the free throw line. The home team suffered through a 12-20 night at the charity stripe, but the visiting Phoenix was a mere 3-5 at the line. Neither team was able to shoot the ball with any consistency, as Eastern Michigan managed a lowly 38.6 percent compared to UW-Green Bay's 38.2 percent shooting on the night.

    Next up for UW-Green Bay is a visit to Oxford, Ohio for a Saturday, Dec. 2 matchup with Miami University. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CST.

    Kent State Comes Back to beat St. Bonaventure, 56-53

    KENT, Ohio (AP) - Trevor Huffman scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds as Kent State came from behind to beat St. Bonaventure 56-53 Wednesday night.

    Kent (2-1) trailed 29-23 at halftime, but tied it up three times in the second half. Demetric Shaw hit a free throw to put the Golden Flashes ahead up 52-51 at the 3:10 mark. Mike Perry then made two free throws for Kent, but St. Bonaventure cut the lead to 54-53 with layup by Kevin Houston.

    St. Bonaventure missed a chance to tie it up when Marques Green didn't hit a free throw with 42 seconds left. Andrew Mitchell then hit a mid-range jumper with 11 seconds to secure Kent's lead.

    Neither team shot well from the field, with Kent shooting 37 percent, or 20-for-54, and St. Bonaventure shooting 39 percent, or 19-for-48. Kent made just 3-of-13 3-pointers and St. Bonaventure hit only 5-of-17 3-point attempts.

    Huffman scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half and had a total of four assists. Kyrem Massey added 11 points and led with six rebounds.

    St. Bonaventure was led by Ernest Bremer wtih 16 points, making all six free throws. Houston added 13 points and eight rebounds while Peter Van Paasen had 11 points.

    Illinois-Chicago Handles Northern Illinois, 84-64

    CHICAGO (AP) - Joe Scott scored 15 points and Jordan Kardos added 14 as Illinois-Chicago put together a balanced attack to beat Northern Illinois 84-64 on Wednesday.

    The Flames (2-2) held a 37-29 lead at the half as the Huskies (0-5) were plagued by turnovers.

    Illinois-Chicago also scored at ease on the inside, although Northern Illinois outrebounded the Flames.

    Maurice Brown scored 11 points for the Illinois-Chicago, with Thor Solverson and Aaron Carr adding 10 each.

    Leon Rodgers led the Huskies with 18 points, with Marcus Smallwood adding 13.

    Toledo Bests Detroit, 78-72

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Greg Stempin scored 21 points as Toledo beat Detroit 78-72 Wednesday in a nonconference game.

    The Rockets (4-0) trailed 35-30 at halftime but went on a 23-8 run to open the second half and take a 53-43 lead. The Titans (3-2) never got closer than six the rest of the game.

    Detroit shot 50 percent in the first half while holding Toledo to 33 percent. Detroit also shot 50 percent in the second half, but the Rockets improved to 55 percent. Neither team shot well from behind the 3-point line, as Toledo shot 6-for-22 and Detroit shot 7-for-20.

    The Titans took only five free throws in the game and made all five. The Rockets shot 20-of-26 from the free-throw line. Detroit was called for 22 fouls and Toledo was called for 10.

    Toledo forced 17 turnovers, which led to 23 points. The Rockets also got 25 points from 15 offensive rebounds.

    Robierre Cullars had 18 points for Toledo, while Craig Rodgers added 13 points and nine rebounds. Cullars scored 16 and Stempin scored 14 in the second half.

    Rashad Phillips led Detroit with 26 points, 15 in the first half, and Willie Green had 16.

    Central Michigan Stays Hot, Beats Drake, 73-68

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - David Webber scored 24 points Wednesday as Central Michigan remained undefeated with a 73-68 victory over a cold-shooting Drake team.

    Central Michigan (4-0) led 33-29 at halftime. Tim Kisner had 12 points and six assists for the Chippewas, and Gerrit Brigitha added 10 points.

    Central Michigan shot a season-best 51 percent, compared with 36 percent for Drake (1-3).

    The Bulldogs closed to within two, 68-66, with 36 seconds remaining on Andry Sola's layup, but Central Michigan made five of six free throws down the stretch.

    Sola led Drake with 15 points. Greg Danielson had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Lamont Evans added 12 points, seven of them free throws, and six assists.

    Webber, brother of NBA star Chris Webber, is averaging 21.3 points a game.

    Drake, which entered Wednesday's game with a 52 percent 3-point shooting average, made just seven of 24, three of them by Sola.