Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/20/2012

Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Kent State 69, Bethune-Cookman 68
Ohio 75, Hampton 67
Bowling Green 68, Alabama-Huntsville 54
Indiana State 68, Ball State 48
Canisius 71, Buffalo 64

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Kent State 69, Bethune-Cookman 68
Randal Holt drilled a 15-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds on the clock to lift Kent State to a 69-68 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday at the M.A.C. Center.
After forcing a turnover with 15 seconds remaining to gain one final possession, the Golden Flashes left little doubt who they wanted in control of the basketball with the game on the line. Head coach Rob Senderoff called a time out and drew up a play for Holt to get the ball with the chance to create as soon as it was inbounded.
"My whole career I've never been afraid to take big shots," said Holt. "In those moments, I always myself I'm going to make this shot.  Coach told me if there is a late-game situation he was coming to me. I drove hard. It was a little step-back, and I knocked it down."
The win in game two of the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic helped Kent State close its season-opening homestand with a 3-2 record. It also made sure the Golden Flashes would avoid the bad taste of back-to-back losses before heading out on the road for the first time this season. Kent State plays at Nebraska on Saturday.
"It was not only a big shot, but a big win for our team, especially coming off of Sunday's loss (to Valparaiso)," said Holt, who finished with 13 points . "We didn't want to lose two in a row, especially at home, and then go on the road with a young and inexperienced team."
Another Golden Flashes veteran came up with the key defensive play to provide Holt the opportunity for the game-winner. Leading by one point, Bethune-Cookman tried to run its most dangerous scorer, Kevin Dukes, off of a high ball screen. Dukes is a 5-foot-9 guard, but he couldn't turn the corner on 6-foot-9 Kent State junior Mark Henniger. 
The hedging Henniger kept driving the smaller guard towards the Wildcats bench, where Dukes finally stepped out of bounds for the turnover.
"Mark did a great job of keeping (Dukes) in front of him," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff. "Dukes kept trying to turn the corner, but Mark did a good job of showing his hands. If he drops his hands at all, it's a foul. And he also did a good job of moving his feet. If he didn't, Dukes would have turned the corner … It was an unbelievable play."
Henniger finished with just five points and three rebounds in 23 minutes, but he "did all of the little things that don't show up in the box score," according to Holt.
"If not for (Henniger) with that good hedge to force their guy out of bounds, there would have been no shot or no last possession," said Holt. "He does a lot for us that he doesn't get credit for. He is a big energy guy."
Chris Evans led Kent State with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Kent State also found energy from two true freshmen making their first career starts. Forward Chris Ortiz posted career highs in points with 13 and rebounds with eight. His 13 points were the most by a first-year player at Kent State since Rodriquez Sherman scored 14 against Bowling Green in 2007. Point guard Kellon Thomas added six points and three assists in a turnover-free night. He also hit the floor while drawing two charges in the first half.
"Both guys brought energy and played really hard," said Senderoff. "They had a big impact on the start of the game, when we played really well, and the start of the second half, when we also played really well. Chris Ortiz also made some really big plays down the stretch."
The Golden Flashes built eight and nine point leads early in both halves only to watch Bethune-Cookman (1-3) fight back behind its long-range shooting. The Wildcats hit 13-of-28 from beyond the three-point arc arc. Dukes finished led the Wildcats with 18 points while Paul Scotland added 15. The duo combined to go 10-for-16 on threes.
"There were some times when we felt we had a chance to extend a lead and give ourselves some separation, but their guys kept hitting big shots when they needed to," said Senderoff. "At the end, Randal did what Randal does. Take and make big shots. He has done that his whole career. There is nobody I'd rather shoot a big shot than Randal in all of the time I've been here."
Ohio 75, Hampton 67
ATHENS, Ohio - Senior guard Walter Offutt scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Ohio University Men's Basketball Team to a 75-67 victory over Hampton University at the Convocation Center Tuesday night.
Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) connected on four of his 12 field goal attempts but made his way to the free-throw line 15 times, sinking 13 shots from the stripe. He was joined in double figures by Ivo Baltic's 16 points and D.J. Cooper's 12. David Bruce led all scorers for Hampton, scoring 20 points while also grabbing 12 boards.
Ohio shot 21-of-49 (42.9 percent) from the field and connected on 7-of-22 (31.8 percent) of its shots from distance. The Bobcats were able to force the Pirates into 24 turnovers, taking advantage of these miscues by scoring 32 points from them. Ohio swatted away eight Hampton shots in the win.
The Pirates shot 41.4 percent (24-of-58) including a 20 percent (2-of-10) from three-point range. Hampton out-rebounded Ohio by 17, collecting 43 rebounds to Ohio's 26.
Hampton (0-3) jumped out to an early 10-6 lead, but the Bobcats responded over with an 11-2 run over the next three minutes to take a 17-12 lead with 12:46 to go in the first half. Reggie Keely and Offutt both had four points during the run and Cooper hit a three-pointer.
The Pirates fought right back and took a two-point lead with 9:44 remaining in the first half. From there no team would lead by more than five points until the 4:32 mark of the first half as Ohio extended its lead to six points.
In the final four minutes, Ohio closed the first half with a 12-2 run to take a 44-27 lead heading into the locker room. The `Cats' final surge of the first half was capped by a three-pointer in the corner by Baltic.
Offutt and Baltic both scored in double figures in the opening 20 minutes as they combined to go 4-of-6 from beyond the arc and 9-of-13 from the field. In addition, the `Cats forced the Pirates into 14 first-half turnovers and scored 21 points off of turnovers.
In the second half, Hampton trimmed Ohio's lead to 12 points with 16:54 to go in the game. The Pirates would come as close as eight points when Bruce connected on a free throw with 2:39 to play, but Ohio wouldn't allow them to come any closer. Offutt scored eight of his 23 points in the second frame, hitting eight of his ten free-throw attempts in the final 20 minutes.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday as they face off against Richmond at 2 p.m. Ohio's matchup can be seen through a live stream and can be heard for free on OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein will call the action live on the Peoples Bank Ohio IMG Sports Network.
Bowling Green 68, Alabama-Huntsville 54
Moon Township, Pa. - Nine different players scored and A'uston Calhoun finished with his first double-double of the season as the Bowling Green men's basketball team rolled to a 68-54 victory over Alabama-Huntsville Tuesday night in the final game of the NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament.
Calhoun had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Falcons beat a team ranked No. 3 in the country at the NCAA Division II level that went 29-4 a year ago. UAH had already defeated NCAA Division I North Texas earlier in the NIT Season Tip-Off and pushed Cleveland State to the final possession Monday night.
Alabama Huntsville jumped out to a 9-2 lead and held its largest lead of the game at 21-13 with 8:58 to play in the first half. But the Falcons went on a 16-2 run over the next 6:33 and never trailed again. The run started with a Jehvon Clarke three-pointer, followed by a James Erger jumper and two Anthony Henderson free-throws. After UAH stopped the run with a lay-up, Cam Black scored on a jumper and A’uston Calhoun knocked down a three-pointer to give the Falcons a 25-23 lead.
Calhoun added two more free-throws and a lay-up to push the lead to six and the Falcons went into the break up 37-31 after a Luke Kraus jumper with 27 seconds remaining.
In the second half, Bowling Green pushed the lead to double-digits early, going ahead 47-36 after another Calhoun three-pointer. Calhoun followed with a lay-up inside to make it 49-36 but Alabama-Huntsville made back-to-back three-pointers to close to within seven.
The Chargers would eventually get to within five with 7:53 remaining but Clarke hit back-to-back jumpers, Richaun Holmes followed with a lay-up inside and Alabama-Huntsville never got within single-digits again.
Nine of the 10 players who saw action scored for the Falcons, led by Calhoun’s 20. Chauncey Orr had a career-high 11 points, making both of his three-point attempts, and added four rebounds. Jordon Crawford had 10 points on 6-of-6 from the free-throw line and finished with four assists, three rebounds and a steal. Anthony Henderson came off the bench for five points and a career-best seven rebounds, while Clarke had seven points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Cam Black added six points and three boards.
Bowling Green held Alabama-Huntsville to just 29 percent shooting in the second half and 40 percent for the game. The Falcons outrebounded the Chargers 37-23 and committed a season-low seven turnovers. After making just 4-of-11 free-throws a night earlier, BGSU went 13-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Alabama-Huntsville falls to 3-3 with the loss, while Bowling Green improves to 2-3. The Falcons will open a five-game homestand next Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Detroit, a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament a year ago and is one of the favorites in the Horizon League to do so again this year.
Indiana State 68, Ball State 48
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team dropped a 68-48 decision to in-state rival Indiana State on Tuesday evening at Worthen Arena. Jauwan Scaife and Majok Majok led the way for the Cardinals with 16 and 15 points respectively.
The Cardinals suffered their first loss and dropped to 2-1 on the season, while the Sycamores won their second straight to improve to 3-1 on the year.
Scaife, who scored the first nine points of the game for Ball State, also grabbed four boards, dished out one assist and had two steals. Majok recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
The Cardinals shot 16-of-50 from the floor (.320) to the Sycamores’ 21-of-46 (.457). Ball State managed just one 3-pointer on the night, while Indiana State knocked down 8-of-21 (.381) from deep.
Led by Majok's performance, Ball State held the advantage in points in the paint (28-20) and second chance points (12-4). Indiana State’s bench outscored Ball State’s bench 27-8, and the Sycamores had 12 points off turnovers to the Cardinals’ six.
"We got a lot of good looks at the basket that we have to be able to knock down," Ball State head coach Billy Taylor said. "We have to go to the basket and finish and then obviously convert free throws. Any time we started to make any kind of progress, we would miss a one-and-one or we would miss two free throws. We have better players than that, and we have to step up and make those shots."
The Sycamores started off the game jumping out to an 8-0 run. Scaife was the first Cardinal to score, draining a trey at the 15:41 mark. He then went on to score the first nine Ball State points, and he was responsible for half of the Cardinals’ first-half points.
Jake Odum led Indiana State with a game-high 21 points and six assists. Manny Arop had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
"We had some good opportunities," Taylor said. "We started the second half with five straight defensive stops and I think we had two points to show for it. That's a pivotal time. We went in down 11 at halftime. We came back out and played good defense in that first four minutes, and we worked too hard defensively to not go on a run there."
The Indiana State win was the first ever by the Sycamores in Worthen Arena and snapped Ball State's 11-game home court winning streak in the series. 
Ball State will next face the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday, Nov. 25 in Bloomington, Ind. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at Assembly Hall.
Canisius 71, Buffalo 64
BUFFALO, NY – A shorthanded University at Buffalo men's basketball team lost at Canisius, 71-64, at the Koessler Center on Tuesday night. Playing their sixth game in 11 days, the Bulls were without Tony Watson and Xavier Ford who were out with injuries.
Javon McCrea matched his season high with 22 points and added six rebounds and three blocks. Will Regan had the best game of his young UB career with 15 points and six rebounds. Jarod Oldham finished with nine points, a season-high nine assists and three steals.
Buffalo (1-5) shot a season-best 52.2 percent from the field and outrebounded the Griffs, 39-25. However, turnovers did in the Bulls as they turned the ball over 25 times Canisius was able to convert those turnovers into 27 points.
It was a close game throughout with neither team leading by more than nine points. A McCrea jumper gave the Bulls a 20-17 lead. But the Griffs responded with an 11-2 scoring run to take a 28-22 lead with 7:17 left in the half. The Griffs led by as many as seven in the first half before UB cut the lead to 40-38 at the half.
Canisius never trailed in the second half. The Griffs led 57-54 with 10:50 before the Bulls went ice cold. UB went scoreless for the next seven minutes but played defense well enough to stay in the game. A McCrea free throw cut the Canisius lead to 67-62 with 35 seconds left. But the Bulls would get no closer as they dropped their third straight game.
Auraum Nuiriankh scored eight points and Corey Raley-Ross finished with five as all five starters played over 30 minutes in the game.
"It's painful for us to go through these experiences. But we have to go through them in order to get our guys the growth and development," head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "We obviously turned the ball over a lot. But I also thought we did some good things given we were shorthanded."
Buffalo will finally return home and host Mansfield on Saturday.