MAC Men's Basketball Update

Updated 2/10/2000
Kent and Ball State Take Division Leads
The MAC 2000 Men's basketball race continues its fever pitch as Kent in the East Division and Ball State in the West took sole possession of first place with wins Wednesday night. Kent withstood a challenge from Eastern Michigan, 76-64, and Ball State topped Western Michigan 80-60. Ohio and Central Michigan played the 16th overtime game this year involving MAC teams, with the Bobcats winning 83-77. Miami defeated Akron, 71-60, for the second time this season. Bowling Green kept pace with the East leaders with a 77-68 triumph over Buffalo.

At Kent 76, Eastern Michigan 64 - The Golden Flashes (19-4, 11-3) won their fourth game in a row while handing the Eagles (12-10, 6-7) their third loss in the last four games. Andrew Mitchell led Kent with 17 points despite his eight turnovers. John Whorton added 14 and Trevor Huffman 12. EMU was led by Antonio Gates' 18 points, 14 from Calvin Warner and 10 from Adam Hess. Even though committing 22 turnovers, Kent allowed just 10 points on the fast break. Kent's Kyrem Massey went down with 2:30 left and later had his right ankle x-rayed. X-rays revealed a lateral strain of the right ankle. Massey will be evaluated again today (Thursday).

At Ball State 80, Western Michigan 60 - The Cardinals (15-7, 7-6) won their fourth consecutive game while sending the Broncos (8-14, 4-9) to their fourth straight loss. Freshman Theron Smith led the BSU attack with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocked shots while sophomore Lonnie Jones had 11 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. Cedric Moodie contributed 15 points off the bench and Patrick Jackson scored 13. WMU placed two scorers in double figures, Tony Barksdale with 17 and Rod Brown with 10. Brown also dished out 7 assists.

At Ohio 83, Central Michigan 77 (overtime) - The Bobcats (15-10, 8-5) won for the first time in four overtime games this season, handing the Chippewas (5-17, 2-11) their third consecutive loss. Freshman Brandon Hunter paced Ohio with 24 points while CMU received a game-high 33 from David Webber, who also had 7 assists and 3 steals.Ohio's Shaun Stonerook has his national leading 17th double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds, and sent the game into overtime with a three-point goal with 20 seconds left in regulation. The Bobcat's Dustin Ford not only scored 11 points, but passed out six assists and made three steals while committing no turnovers in 32 minutes.

At Bowling Green 77, Buffalo 68 - The Falcons (17-6, 9-4) won their 14th consecutive home game while Buffalo (5-18, 3-11) closed out its MAC road season with an 0-9 mark. Dave Esterkamp popped in 23 for BG, but game-high scoring honors went to the Bulls' Damien Foster with 26. BG's Anthony Stacey added 15, Len Matela 14 and Trent Jackson 10. UB's Louis Campbell scored 13 and handed out 7 assists.

At Miami 71, Akron 60 - The RedHawks (11-10, 7-6) snapped their three-game losing streak while knocking the Zips (16-7, 10-4) out of a first place tie in the East Division. Four Miami starters scored in double figures - Anthony Taylor with 17 points, Rob Mestas 13, Rich Allendorf 12 and Jason Stewart 11 - while the fifth starter, Refiloe Lethunya, had 7 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Akron, which was held to 40.8% (20-of-49) from the field, was led by 13 points by both Ryan Andrick and Jimmal Ball. Miami beat Akron for the second time this season.

SCHEDULE
Saturday, February 12
*Bowling Green at Miami, Noon, MAC ESPN + Syndication
*Central Michigan at Western Michigan, 2:00
MAC ESPN + Syndication
*Ohio at Akron, 4:00, WVPX-TV
*Toledo at Eastern Michigan, 7:00
*Northern Illinois at Marshall, 7:00
*Kent at Buffalo, 7:30

STANDINGS

East Division
                           Mid-American		Overall Record
School			W	L	Pct.	W	L	Pct.	
Kent			11	3	.786	19	4	.826	
Akron			10	4	.714	16	7	.696	
Bowling Green		9	4	.692	17	6	.739	
Ohio			8	5	.615	15	10	.600	
Marshall		7	6	.538	15	7	.682	
Miami			7	6	.538	11	10	.524	
Buffalo			3	11	.214	5	18	.217	

West Division Mid-American Overall Record School W L Pct. H A Stk. Ball State 7 6 .538 15 7 .682 Eastern Michigan 6 7 .462 12 10 .545 Northern Illinois 6 7 .462 12 10 .545 Toledo 6 7 .462 12 12 .500 Western Michigan 4 9 .308 8 14 .364 Central Michigan 2 11 .154 5 17 .227