Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/18/2012

Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Ohio 73, Wofford 50
Western Michigan 58, South Florida 53
Akron 85, Penn State 60
Northern Illinois 72, Judson 54
Valparaiso 88, Kent State 83 (OT)
No. 2 Louisville 80, Miami 39
Eastern Michigan 57, Texas-Pan American 47

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Ohio 73, Wofford 50
ATHENS, Ohio- The Ohio University men's basketball team used a strong first half run and maintained their lead throughout the second half to earn a 73-50 win over Wofford Sunday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
 
With the win, Ohio improved to 3-0 on the year and has now won 12 straight home games dating back to January of last season.
 
The Bobcats were paced by senior Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) who scored a game-high 16 points off the bench. Senior D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) scored 15 and 10 points, respectively. Ohio lost the rebounding battle 31-28, but redshirt junior Jon Smith(Columbus, Ohio) had a game-high six rebounds.
 
Ohio shot 57 percent from the floor and held Wofford to just 30 percent shooting. Ohio has scored 70-or-more points in each of its three games this season and has defeated its opponents by an average of 30 points through three games.
 
After exchanging baskets for most of the first 10 minutes of play, Ohio took the lead with an 18-3 run from the 11:40 mark to the 5:48 mark of the first half. The run resulted in a 26-11 Bobcat lead. Kellogg hit two 3-pointers and had eight total points during the surge. The Bobcats finished the half with an 18-point lead at 34-16.
 
Kellogg scored 10 points in the first half and made 4-of-7 shots from the field. Ohio limited Wofford to just three first half field goals and forced 11 turnovers. The Bobcats scored 16 points in the paint, while holding Wofford to just four. Ohio also held an 11-0 edge in fast break points.
 
Ohio pushed their lead to as many as 25 points in the second half. Cooper and Keely each scored eight points in the final 20 minutes as the `Cats held a 39-34 scoring advantage in the second half.
 
Wofford was led by Karl Cochran who scored 14 points. C.J. Neumann and Lee Skinner each had five rebounds for the Terriers. Wofford fell to 1-3 on the season with the loss.
 
The Bobcats continue their month-long home stand with a Tuesday night matchup against the Pirates from Hampton University. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Convocation Center.
 
Tuesday night's matchup can be seen through a live stream and can be heard for free on OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the People's Bank Ohio IMG Sports Network.
 
Western Michigan 58, South Florida 53
TAMPA, Fla. - The Western Michigan men's basketball team used a 10-3 run down the stretch to take the lead against the University of South Florida, and the Broncos held on for their fourth straight win with a 58-53 victory over the Bulls on Sunday.  With the win, the Broncos win the USF Invitational, and improve to 4-1 overall on the season.
 
Facing off against an athletic squad that made the NCAA Tournament in 2012, the Broncos fought through a frustrating offensive night to take a late lead against the Bulls.  Brandon Pokley broke double-digits in scoring for the fourth straight game, leading the Broncos with 15 points and going 3 of 4 from three-point range.  Darius Paul broke double figures for the fourth consecutive contest as well, scoring 14 points and notching a game-high eight rebounds.  Paul was named to the USF Invitational All-Tournament Team, as well as Nate Hutcheson; Hutcheson finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
 
The Broncos held the Bulls to just a 37.0 percentage from the field, and out-rebounded them 39-26.  WMU grabbed 11 offensive rebounds in the contest, compared to just two offensive rebounds for USF.  The Broncos shot 38.1 percent from three-point range, including a 3 of 4 performace from Pokley.
 
The teams were tight throughout the second half, with the Bulls taking a 48-47 lead with 8:21 remaining in regulation.  The teams would both go scoreless for three minutes, but Hutcheson would make two plays on the ensuing possessions to put the Broncos on top.  Hutcheson drove baseline at the 5:22 mark to notch a lay-up and put the Broncos ahead 49-48, and on the next defensive possession Paul grabbed a defensive board.  The ball was advanced up-court, with Hutcheson diving out of bounds through the Broncos' bench to keep it from going out of bounds on an errant pass.  The ball made its way to Jared Klein and he zipped a pass to Paul, who buried a three-pointer from the right wing to give the Broncos a 52-48 lead.
 
Klein would hit a clutch three-pointer of his own less than a minute later.  With the shot clock winding down to zero, Paul set a high screen for Klein, who fired a three from well beyond the three-point line, draining the bucket and giving the Broncos a 55-50 lead.  USF pulled to within 55-53 on an old-fashioned three-point play from Jawanza Poland, but Hutcheson iced the victory for the Broncos with a three-point play of his own, scoring a lay-up and drawing a foul in the process with 24 seconds remaining.
 
The Broncos took the lead early in the first half, but were forced to battle back late as the Bulls took control in the middle of the period.  The Broncos opened with a 7-2 run to start the game, with Pokley scoring five of the first seven for the Broncos.  The lead reached 10-5 when Pokley drained his second three-pointer of the half at the 16:16 mark, but the Bulls would take the lead with 8:56 remaining on a dunk from Victor Rudd.  USF lead by as many as eight points when Shaun Noriega drained a three from the corner to make it 35-37, but WMU chipped away; Austin Richie knocked down a three-pointer to cut the lead to 35-30, and Paul would make a pair of free throws with 51 seconds remaining to make it 35-32.  Hutcheson would pull the Broncos to within two points when he scored on a putback at the buzzer, making it 36-34 at half.
 
Akron 85, Penn State 60
BAYAMON, P.R. – Down four at the half, the Akron Zips used a 53-24 second half outburst to down Penn State 85-60 on Sunday in the fifth-place game of the 2012 Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
 
The Zips (3-2) shot an impressive 68 percent in the final 20 minutes, going 17-of-25 from the floor and 5-of-8 from long range. For the game, Akron shot 56.3 percent (27-of-48) and 50.0 percent from behind the arc (8-of-16). Penn State was just 7-of-28 from the floor in the second half (25.0 percent) and 20-of-55 for the game (36.4 percent).
 
Zeke Marshall led the way with 17 points, seven boards and six blocked shots to lead four Zips in double figures. Jake Kretzer (11), Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell (10) and Carmelo Betancourt (10) also reached double figures.
 
D.J. Newbill led Penn State (2-2) with a game-high 20 points.
 
The Zips opened the second half on a 12-3 run over the first 3:59 to grab a 45-39 advantage. The run was spurred by six points, including four at the charity stripe, and two blocked shots by Marshall. That lead reached eight points (49-41) by the under-16 media timeout following a Gilliam fastbreak lay-up.
 
A Betancourt steal and layup capped off a 9-0 run to force Penn State to call its fourth timeout as the Akron lead ballooned to 54-41 with 13:25 left in the game. The run eventually reached 23-4 (5:48) as the Zips carried a 61-43 cushion into the under-12 media timeout.
 
The Akron lead reached as many as 26 (78-52) as the Zips cruised to an 85-60 win. The difference in the game came on the defensive end of the court in the second half as UA out-scored PSU 53-24.
 
Both teams came out of the gates shooting the ball well, with Penn State connecting on 53.3 percent and Akron hitting 50.0 percent from the floor through the first 12:20 of the game. During that time, Marshall took over second place on the Mid-American Conference career blocked shots list with his 263rd swat just 1:52 into the game.
 
The Nittany Lions were able to build an eight-point advantage (23-15) with 9:34 remaining before the Zips began to chip away at the deficit.
 
Five-straight points by Marshall and six-straight by Kretzer sandwiched around two PSU baskets gave Akron a 28-27 lead with 4:21 to go in the first half. The lead would change three times, with one tie, before Newbill hit a floater at the buzzer to give PSU a 36-32 halftime lead.
 
Marshall led Akron with 10 points, four boards and two blocked shots in the half as the Zips shot 43.5 percent from the floor (10-of-23) and 37.5 percent from behind the arc (3-of-8). Treadwell and Kretzer each added six points.
 
The Zips will have two weeks off before returning to action on Sunday, Dec. 2, when they play host to Middle Tennessee. Tip-off at Rhodes Arena is set for 2 p.m. ET.
 
Northern Illinois 72, Judson 54
DEKALB, Ill. -- Freshman forward Sam Mader (Appleton, Wis./Appleton East) and freshman guard Akeem Springs (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan Township) each scored 16 points as Northern Illinois earned a 72-54 victory over Judson University on Sunday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center. 
 
Northern Illinois (1-2) shot 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field and outrebounded Judson, 38-19, but the Eagles hung around in the contest by making 12 3-point field goals. 
 
Sophomore forward Kevin Gray (Chicago, Ill./Brooks Academy) added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Junior forward Aksel Bolin (Akser, Norway/Asker) tied a career-high with four assists; Bolin also added eight points and seven rebounds. Freshman guard Travon Baker (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Consortium) had four steals, Baker has 11 total steals in three games. 
 
“You have to give Judson a lot of credit, they came out and made shots,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “We didn’t always do a good job of contesting but you still have to make them and they made them in the first half, jumping out on us by (eight). We put a pretty good run together but they battled back as well.
 
“The good I take is that we only turned the ball over nine times and we ourrebounded them by 18, that’s the positives. The negatives are that we didn’t come out punching at the beginning of the game. It doesn’t matter who you play, you have to respect your opponent and perform when the ball in thrown in the air.”
 
Judson (2-7) jumped out to an early 17-10 lead midway through the first half. The Eagles connected on five 3-pointers to take the early seven-point advantage. 
 
NIU responded with a 17-3 run to take a 27-20 lead with just under six minutes to play in the half. Kevin Gray sparked the run with eight of the 17 points. 
 
The Huskie lead grew to double figures, 39-28, with two minutes remaining in the half on an old-fashioned 3-point play by Mader. Judson scored the final four points of the opening stanza to cut the NIU advantage to seven, 39-32, at the intermission. 
 
Mader led NIU with 11 points in the opening 20 minutes; Kevin Gray added eight and five rebounds as the Huskies shot 51.5 percent (17-of-33) in the first half. Luke Labedzki paced Judson with nine points on a trio of 3-pointers in the first half. 
 
A pair of free throws by Bolin gave the Huskies a 12-point lead just two minutes into the second half. Three-straight triples by Judson then pulled the Eagles back within three, 44-41, with 15:31 to play. 
 
Mader and freshman guard Mike Davis (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights) answered with back-to-back baskets to push the NIU lead back to seven. 
 
An old-fashioned three-point play by Frankie Cleope brought Judson within three, 55-52, with 8:40 remaining. 
 
NIU responded with a 17-2 run to close the game. Kevin Gray started the run with a layup, freshman wing Darrell Bowie (Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep) added a jumper and Davis had a layup before Judson hit a free throw to slow the Huskie burst. Springs scored six points in the final four minutes of the contest as the Huskies earned their first win of the season. 
 
Labedzki and Luke Pierson led Judson with nine points each; seven different players for the Eagles made a 3-point field goal in the contest. 
 
Northern Illinois will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 24, when the Huskies host the Loyola Ramblers in the second game of their three-game homestand. Game time against Loyola is scheduled for 3 p.m., at the NIU Convocation Center. 
 
Valparaiso 88, Kent State 83 (OT)
KENT, Ohio - Kent State missed an opportunity to steal a win against one of the Horizon League's best teams in an 88-83 overtime loss to Valparaiso on Sunday at the M.A.C. Center
 
The Golden Flashes led by three points with four seconds to play in regulation, but Valparaiso managed to push the game into overtime with a free throw by Erik Buggs, an offensive rebound, and a scrambling layup to tie by Kevin Van Wijk with just one second on the clock.
 
Once in overtime, Van Wijk and the Crusaders took control.
 
"This is a tough one," said Kent State coach Rob Senderoff. "We get a rebound and we win the game. I don't know what else to say … Apparently we are not as tough as we need to be. We don't understand how tough you have to be to win a game right now."
 
Randal Holt scored 20 points in 39 minutes of work to lead Kent State. He also came up with five steals, including one with seven seconds to play in the second half that was very nearly a game-winner. Helping with a double team against Van Wijk in the left post, Holt flicked the ball from behind, sending it right into the hands of teammate Chris Evans.
 
Valparaiso quickly fouled Evans, who drilled two free throws to give Kent State a 75-72 lead.
 
"Up three, we wanted to foul on the ground and of course come up with the rebound, which we didn't do," said Holt. "They got the rebound and it went into overtime … We started off overtime with a couple of turnovers. The refs called the game tight all game. They got some calls down the stretch and knocked down their free throws."
 
Kent State and Valparaiso combined for 59 fouls and 81 free-throw attempts.
 
The Crusaders converted 34-of-41 from the foul line for 82-percent, while the Golden Flashes struggled for the second game in a row. They converted a respectable 30-of-40 free throws (75-percent) on the day, but missed nine in the second half.
 
Kent State also recorded just six assists on 24 made baskets while also committing 18 turnovers. Senderoff was also unhappy with a defense that watched Valparaiso shoot 58-percent from the floor (25-for-43).
 
"Yes, we have to play better and we have to shoot free throws better," said Senderoff. "But at the end of the day if you get one rebound we all go home happy. We had the game won."
 
Kent State trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half but but battled back to within eight points at halftime, 36-28.
 
Evans scored 18 points for Kent State and added four steals in 33 minutes. Bryson Pope (13 points) and Kris Brewer (11 points) also scored in double figures for the Golden Flashes.
 
Van Wijk led Valparaiso with 25 points, going 6-for-8 from the field and 13-for-14 from the foul line. The 6-foot-8 post picked up his fourth foul with seven minutes to play in regulation, but managed to play the rest of the way without picking up number five.
 
Kent State (2-2) will host Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before going on the road for the first time on Saturday at Nebraska.
 
"Kids are resilient. They will bounce back," said Senderoff. "We'll be ready to play on Tuesday, but we have to play better. 
 
No. 2 Louisville 80, Miami 39
LOUISVILLE- On the road against No. 2 Louisville, the Miami University men's basketball team fell by a score of 80-39. Freshman Geovonie McKnight and junior Bill Edwards led the RedHawks with seven points apiece. The Cardinals' Russ Smith led all scorers with 23 points.
 
After forcing 32 turnovers against Grambling State in their last game, the RedHawks again were able to force their opponent to make mistakes. Louisville surrendered a season-high 14 turnovers, and the RedHawks recorded seven steals.
 
Miami took an early 7-4 lead spearheaded by Edwards' five points, but Louisville's Wayne Blackshear quickly answered with a 3-pointer to tie the game. The Cardinals then took a two-point advantage until freshman Reggie Johnson hit a jumper to tie the game at 10-10 with just over 13 minutes left in the half. Louisville center Gorgui Dieng made one from inside to give his team back the lead, and the Cardinals never looked back from there.
 
Dieng's basket was the beginning of a 10-0 run that put Louisville on top 20-10 with 10:00 until halftime. Junior Jon Harris laid one in to break the streak, but the Cardinals answered with 13 unanswered points to push their lead to 33-12. It was Harris again who broke Louisville's scoring streak, this time from the free-throw line. Entering halftime, the RedHawks found themselves trailing 39-17.
 
The momentum Louisville had at the end of the first half followed the team into the second half, propelling the Cardinals to 10 straight points and a 49-17 lead. Nearly three minutes into the half, Edwards knocked down a three to put Miami on the board for the first time in the half. Eight more Louisville points were followed by back-to-back baskets from junior Quinten Rollins and McKnight to make the score 57-24 at the 13:36 mark.
 
Those two RedHawk baskets were followed by yet another Louisville scoring run, this one 15 points, to push the Cardinal lead to 48, putting the score at 72-24. Miami found some fight and rattled off a 9-3 run, but the RedHawks ended up falling by a score of 80-39, giving the program its worst loss since 1980.
 
The RedHawks were stymied by 19 turnovers and a season-low six assists. It was the first time since February 2002 that Miami did not produce a double figure scorer.
 
Miami continues a three-game, seven-day stretch when it travels to William & Mary for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
 
Eastern Michigan 57, Texas-Pan American 47
Boxscore

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – Behind a stifling 2-3 zone defense that limited its opponent to a 36.7 shooting percentage from the floor, the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team finished with a 4-0 record as host of the inaugural “Ice Man” Classic with a 57-47 victory over the University of Texas Pan-American Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Convocation Center.
 
Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio-St. Vincent St. Mary) recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Eagles to victory, also earning him “Ice Man” Classic All-Tournament Team honors.
 
A trio of Detroit natives assisted in the win as Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich.-Oak Hill Academy) added 11 points, Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit Mich.-Detroit Count. Day) posted 8 points to go with 11 rebounds, and Derek Thompson (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale) followed with 7 points of his own. Averaging 15 points per game throughout the tournament, Thompson was named the “Ice Man” Classic's Most Valuable Player.
 
The Green and White exploited its size advantage, out-rebounding the Broncs, 39-27. The plus-12 rebounding margin led to 18 second-chance points and 30 points in the paint. EMU was 23-of-57 (40.4 percent) from the field in the contest which included a 3-of-8 (37.5 percent) effort from beyond the arc.
 
UTPA was limited to 18 buckets in the game on 49 shots for a 36.7 percent clip. The Broncs shot well from three-point land, going 6-of-20 (30 percent). Brandon Provost was the leading scorer for the visitors with 11 points. He was the only Bronc to reach double digits.
 
Winning all four games in the tournament, EMU moves to 4-1 on the season. With the loss, UTPA drops to 1-5 on the season.
 
Both teams struggled to find points early on as the Eagles held a 10-9 lead midway through the first half. Following four straight points by Texas Pan-American, Eastern went on a 13-2 run in the next six minutes to take a 23-15 led with 3:03 remaining in the opening half. The Eagles were able to hold on to the lead as they went into the locker room, 24-19.
 
Unlike the slow start in the first half, EMU came out lightning-fast in the second half, going on a 12-3 run in just over three minutes to take a 36-22 lead. Sticking with the 2-3 zone defense, the Eagles prevented Texas Pan-American from getting closer than six points for the rest of the game.
 
The Green and White will hit the home hardwood again Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. against Madonna. The game will be the nightcap of a doubleheader as the women's team will face off against Harvard beginning at 4 p.m.