Monday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/12/2012

Monday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Akron 97, John Carroll 53
Cleveland State 79, Bowling Green 73  (OT)
Florida State 95, Buffalo 68
Iowa 73, Central Michigan 61
Minnesota 82, Toledo 56

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Akron 97, John Carroll 53
AKRON, Ohio – Brian Walsh led five Zips in double figures with a game-high 18 points as the Akron men's basketball team defeated John Carroll 97-53 in its home opener on Monday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Walsh shot 8-of-11 from the floor and also added six rebounds. Deji Ibitayo followed with 16 points, on the strength of 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, while Alex Abreu and Jake Kretzer each had 12 and Chauncey Gilliam chipped in with 10.
Zeke Marshall had eight points, seven rebounds and six blocks, while Pat Forsythe grabbed a game-high eight boards.
As a team, UA shot 38-of-66 (57.6 percent) from the floor and held the Blue Streaks to 20-of-64 (31.3 percent) shooting on the night. The Zips also shot 44.8 percent (13-of-29) from beyond the arc. Akron held a 43-30 rebounding advantage and scored 25 points off 14 JCU turnovers.
Kenny Janz was John Carroll's only double figure scorer with 12 points.
The Zips opened up a 14-5 lead in the first five minutes as five points from Abreu and a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Marshall highlighted the run.
A 3-point play by Reggie McAdams, followed by two quick buckets from Walsh forced a Blue Streak timeout at the 12:12 mark with the Zips leading, 23-7. Then, back-to-back treys by Ibitayo pushed Akron's lead to over 20 (29-7) for the first time with 10:58 left in the first half.
Another pair of threes – this time courtesy of Abreu and Walsh – gave UA its largest lead of the first half at 28 (39-11) with 8:04 remaining in the period.
JCU then went on a 10-2 run as Jake Hollinger scored on a put back to cap the run with the score 41-21 in favor of Akron at the 4:26 mark. However, the Zips did not allow the lead to drop below 20 for the remainder of the half and led 49-27 at the break.
Walsh led all scorers with 11 first half points, while Gilliam, Ibitayo and Abreu each had eight. UA shot 58.8 percent (20-of-34) from the field and canned 6-of-14 threes (42.9 percent) in the first half.
Akron started the second half on a 12-6 run to take a 61-35 lead at the first media timeout as Ibitayo went into double figures with two threes during the run.
The Zips continued to stay hot from behind the arc as four straight 3-pointers, including two from McAdams and one each from Walsh and Kretzer, gave UA a 75-42 lead and forced a John Carroll timeout with 10 minutes left.
Akron would then score the next seven points, capped by a traditional 3-point play by Marshall, to build a 40-point advantage at 82-42 at the 7:13 mark. The Zips largest lead of the game was 48 (95-47) with 2:42 left.
The Zips will be back in action on Thursday when they play Oklahoma State in the first game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in Bayam├│n, Puerto Rico at 10:30 a.m. ET. The contest will be carried by ESNPU.
Cleveland State 79, Bowling Green 73  (OT)
Ann Arbor, Mich. – A’uston Calhoun scored a career-high 30 points but Cleveland State outscored the Bowling Green men’s basketball team 13-7 in overtime to defeat the Falcons 79-73 in the opening game of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament at the University of Michigan Monday evening.
The Falcons made strides from the team’s season opener, battling back from a pair of eight-point first half deficits to tie the score at the break. Bowling Green shot 56 percent in the second half and led most of the way before going to overtime.
Cleveland State scored the first seven points of the game and jumped out to a 13-5 lead before the Falcons went on a 12-2 run to take its first lead at 17-15. Five different Falcons scored during the run but Cleveland State answered with a 12-2 run of its own, capped by a Tim Camczyc three-pointer to take a 27-19 lead.
Bowling Green, though, held the Vikings to just six points over the final 7:22 and Calhoun began to heat up, scoring eight points down the stretch, to tie the game at the break.
As the second half began, Calhoun continued his strong play offensively, knocking down a three-pointer and following that up with a lay-up. The Falcons built the lead to as many as seven, getting alley-oop dunks on three consecutive possessions, one from Calhoun and two from Richaun Holmes, to take a 55-48 lead.
This time it was Cleveland State’s turn to battle back from behind and the Vikings went on a 10-3 run to tie the score at 58-58 with 5:30 remaining. The teams traded scores until Chauncey Orr scored on a fastbreak lay-up to put the Falcons on top 64-61 with 1:24 to play.
Kamczyc followed with a three-pointer on Cleveland State’s next possession to tie the game, but Holmes got an alley-oop from Orr with 44 seconds left to put Bowling Green up 66-64. Charlie Lee hit a tough 16-foot jumper 12 seconds later to again tie the score. BGSU held for the final shot but had the ball stripped away with 3.5 seconds left. Cleveland State’s Anton Grady missed on a tough off-balanced lay-up defended by Holmes at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.
In the overtime session, Luke Kraus made a pair of free-throws and Orr scored on a tough leaner to put BGSU ahead 70-68, but Kamczyk followed with his fifth and final three-pointer to spark a 7-0 run. Down by five, Bowling Green got a three-pointer from Kraus to cut the deficit at two at 75-73.
The Falcons got a stop on the next possession, but Kraus’ potential game-tying lay-up rimmed out and the Vikings went 4-of-4 at the free-throw line for the 79-73 win.
Calhoun was 12-of-17 shooting and added a team-high seven rebounds in 40 minutes of play. Kraus was the only other double-figure scorer with 10 points. Holmes, making his first career start, had six points, six rebounds and four blocked shots. Cam Black came off the bench to score nine points on 4-of-5 shooting in just 13 minutes as he continues to work his way back from injury. Jordon Crawford played 44 minutes and finished with eight points, six assists and four rebounds.
As a team, Bowling Green shot 45 percent from the floor and held Cleveland State to 39 percent. The Vikings got 17 offensive rebounds and had a 45-38 rebounding advantage for the game. Cleveland State also made 9-of-20 three-point attempts and had just 11 turnovers, five less than Bowling Green.
Cleveland State improves to 2-0 on the season with the win and Bowling Green falls to 1-1. The Falcons will play IUPUI in the second game of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Florida State 95, Buffalo 68
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Despite a promising performance from a trio of players, the Buffalo (0-2) men's basketball team could not withstand the pressure of the Florida State Seminole (1-1) defense Monday night, turning the ball over 25 times in a 95-68 loss. Javon McCrea and Tony Watson each had 17 points for UB, while Xavier Ford had a career night with 16 points in 23 minutes. The game was the first of the NABC Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
The Seminoles led wire-to-wire on the night, and shot 60 percent overall from the floor. After being upset by Western Alabama on Friday and shooting just 5-21 from three, FSU hit 10-18 attempts from long distance and wore out the UB offense with a deep bench. Ten different Florida State players saw 12 minutes or more of game time, and the bench contributed 42 in the game compared to just 24 from Buffalo.
In the first half, the Bulls were unable to string together stops and scores, giving FSU a 17 point lead at the half. Ford worked well with McCrea all game, as the pair worked the high-low post offense well to give the two 16 of the team's 30 first-half points. Florida State made eight steals in the first half to create 15 points off of turnovers, a microcosm of the team's offense all game.
"We told them if we completed three or four passes we would get easier and easier shots, and we did," head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "The bulk of the defense came in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock. We got some easy shots and even still we missed some easy ones. We looked at what they did and we didn't think it would keep us from getting good shots, but it was just the basic passing and catching that got us in trouble."
As the second half got under way, the Bulls were able to take some of the wind out of its opponent's sails and cut the lead to eight at the halfway point of the second period. While there was no one defining run for the Bulls, the team made to gash into what was a 19-point lead with 15:33 remaining in the game. A pair of free throws by Will Regan at the 10:34 mark put UB as close as it ultimately would get, 66-58, before Florida State heated back up thanks to a spurt from All-American candidate Michael Snaer. He would score 10 of his game-high 19 points after the Bulls pulled within eight to energize the crowd of 6510 at the Tucker Center.
The trio of Ford, Watson, and McCrea would continue to chug along over the final half, combining to score 28 of the team's 38 points in the second half. Watson was deadly from deep, much to the delight of his contigent of fans who came to see the West Palm Beach native strike from deep five times to match a career high. Ford was able to get to the basket effectively against an interior defense that offered seven different players who were 6'7 or taller and ranked fifth in field goal defense last season.
While both teams were knotted at 38-38 for points in the paint, it was points off of turnovers that would doom UB. A total of 34 points were scored by Florida State off UB turnovers, including a 14-0 advantage in fast-break points. The Seminole bench also fueled the win, as nine players would score at least six points to give the team a 42-24 advantage. The Bulls were able to able to get meanfingful minutes from Jarryn Skeete and also saw the limited debut of Andre McPhail.
The marathon of five games in seven days continues on Thursday with the first of three games in three days. Coaches vs. Cancer tournament play moves now to Evansville, Indiana as the Bulls play the host Aces on Thursday night. Tip is scheduled for 8 pm eastern time.
Iowa 73, Central Michigan 61
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Devyn Marble scored 18 points and Mike Gesell added 15 as Iowa beat Central Michigan 73-61 on Monday night.
Aaron White had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Hawkeyes (2-0), who couldn't pull away against the inexperienced Chippewas until a 14-3 run midway through the second half. Gesell powered the key stretch for the Hawkeyes, hitting two 3-pointers and assisting on another.
Kyle Randall scored 17 points for Central Michigan (0-1). The Chippewas cut the lead to seven points with 4 1/2 minutes left, but got no closer.
First-year Central Michigan coach Keno Davis, the son of former Hawkeye coach Tom Davis, was an undergraduate assistant for his father at Iowa from 1991-95.
Minnesota 82, Toledo 56
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Minnesota took advantage of Toledo’s ice-cold shooting to open the game to hand the Rockets an 82-56 defeat on Monday evening at Williams Arena.  The contest was the first between the two schools since Dec. 2, 1989.
Toledo missed 14 of its first 15 shots as the Gophers jumped out to a 23-5 advantage. Minnesota led by a many as 28 points in the opening stanza before settling for a 48-22 halftime cushion.
“The start of the game was obviously the key tonight,” Toledo Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “I thought we probably settled for too many jump shots early. We had some really good looks but didn’t make them. That led to long rebounds and created transition baskets for them. They’re a really athletic, explosive team that took advantage of it.”
Junior G Rian Pearson led the Rockets with a game-high 18 points with freshman C Nathan Boothe joining him in double figures with 13 points and a team-best seven rebounds.
Sophomore G Joe Coleman paced a balanced Minnesota attack with 15 points that saw seven Golden Gophers notch six or more points.
UT committed just 13 turnovers in the contest (only three in the first half) but that couldn’t make up for its 31.1 field-goal percentage. The Rockets posted a 22.2 FG% in the opening 20 minutes before doubling their conversion rate (44.0 percent) in the second half.
The Golden Gophers on the other hand were red-hot from the field with a 57.1 shooting mark in the opening stanza before cooling off to finish with a 49.1 percentage for the game. The hosts also dominated the glass by a 51-27 margin.
The second half was evenly played as UT played the hosts to a 34-34 tie. The Rockets outshot Minnesota, 44.0-41.4, in the final 20 minutes.
“I think the second half gives us something to build on,” Kowalczyk said. “We played really well at both ends, and we’re going to look to carry that over into our next game.”
Toledo will remain on the road and conclude its season opening six-day, three-game roadtrip against Northern Iowa (1-0). Tip-off time from the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, IA is set for 7:00 p.m. CT.