Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 12/1/2012

Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Western Michigan 76, Oakland 72
Butler 67, Ball State 53
Youngstown State 58, Bowling Green 49
Cleveland State 78, Toledo 73
IPFW 57, Miami 56
Robert Morris 84, Ohio 76
St. Bonaventure 82, Buffalo 79
Princeton 62, Kent State 50
Dayton 60, Northern Illinois 43

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Western Michigan 76, Oakland 72
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan basketball team came back from a three-point deficit with 2:10 remaining in regulation to win their sixth straight game, as a late 9-3 run gave the Broncos a 76-72 win over Oakland at University Arena.  With the win, the Broncos improve to 6-1 on the season.
The Broncos trailed 70-67 with 2:10 remaining in the game, but Austin Richie continued his string of big shots late in games to cut the gap.  Richie notched a three-pointer from the right corner at the 1:48 mark to tie the score at 70, and Dan Loney grabbed a defensive rebound on the ensuing possesion to stop the Golden Grizzlies from gaining any momentum.  Nate Hutcheson down a pair of free throws to give the Broncos a 72-70 lead with just over a minute remaining, and Loney would score on a put-back as the shot clock wound down to give the Broncos a 74-70 advantage with 22 seconds remaining.  Richie made a pair of free throws down the stretch to seal the 76-72 win.
Shayne Whittington finished as the Broncos' leading scorer with 14 points, and contributed eight rebounds and a career-high six blocks before fouling out with just over two minutes to play.  Hutcheson had 13 points, and Darius Paul contributed 12 points for his sixth straight double-digit scoring performance.  Paul's streak is the longest for a freshman since Ben Reed reached double-digits in 13 consecutive games as a freshman in 2001-02.
Connar Tava extended the Broncos' lead to seven points midway through the second half, with the Broncos'55-48 advantage at the 12:31 mark their largest of the night.  Paul would grab an offensive rebound and put it back with a dunk at the 11:21 mark to maintain the margin, but the Golden Grizzlies cut away at the lead.  Taylor Perry scored on a fast-break lay-up to make it 63-58, and Paul would score another tip-in buck at the 5:28 mark to give make it 65-50, but Oakland went on a 10-2 run to take a 70-67 lead with 2:10 on the clock.  Richie drilled a three-pointer to get the rally going, and the Broncos followed through for their sixth straight win.
The Broncos opened the game on a 5-2 run, with Pokley driving home an NBA-range three-pointer to break an early tie.  WMU built the lead to 7-4 on a Whittington lay-up, but the Golden Grizzlies pushed back and eventually took an 18-15 lead at 12:10 mark.  The Grizzlies would hold that lead for a good portion of the half, going up 26-21 on a Ryan Bass jumper, and stretching the lead to six points on a Travis bader three-pointer at the 5:46 mark.
Hutcheson would begin to chip away at that lead, however, knocking down a jumper in the paint at the 5:21 mark to cut Oakland's lead to 29-25.  Jared Klein would drive baseline and make a reverse lay-up to cut the lead to two points, and Paul slipped under a defender for a lay-up at the 3:28 mark to tie the score at 31.  The Golden Grizzlies briefly took a 34-33 lead, but the Broncos embarked on a 7-0 run to get back on top; Dan Loney re-took the lead for the Broncos with a pair of free throws, and Klein and Pokley would each add a pair to make it 40-34 with 43 seconds remaining. A pair of Oakland free throws down the stretch would cut the Broncos' lead to four points, as the Broncos entered the locker room at the break up 40-36.
Butler 67, Ball State 53
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ball State men's basketball team contained the Butler shooters for much of the game Saturday, but the Bulldogs used a second-half run to defeat the Cardinals, 67-53.
Nine different Ball State players scored, led by junior guard Jesse Berry with 12 points. Junior forward Majok Majok added nine points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for a Cardinals team (2-4) that held a three-point lead early in the second half at Hinkle Fieldhouse. 
Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith led Butler (5-2) in scoring with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Khyle Marshall and Roosevelt Jones sparked the Bulldogs on both ends of the floor with a combined 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Ball State junior forward Chris Bond blanketed Clarke, Butler's leading scorer, for much of the afternoon. The Arkansas transfer entered the game shooting 45 percent from 3-point range, but made just 3-of-12 against the Cardinals.
Ball State held Butler to a season low 17.4 percent (4-of-23) from the 3-point line, but the Cardinals managed only 18.2 percent (2-of-11) from deep.
"I was proud of the effort our guys played with out there today," Ball State coach Billy Taylor said. "I thought we showed what we were capable of. That's a really good team we played. There's a reason they beat North Carolina and Marquette."
After falling behind by nine points in the first half, Ball State closed on an 11-2 run and tied the game, 33-33, at the halftime buzzer on a basket from Majok in the lane. The Cardinals then scored the first three points of the second half to grab a 36-33 lead.
But Butler responded with a run of its own, scoring 21 of the game's next 23 points to take control. Defensively, the Bulldogs defenders began to cut off the driving lanes that Ball State used to generate offense in the first 20 minutes.
Ball State finished the game with 19 turnovers, while Butler turned the ball over just five times. Twelve of the Cardinals' turnovers came in the second half.
"That's where we have to get better as a team, making that extra pass," Taylor said. "I thought we did more of that in the first half; we were able to penetrate and get a kick and get a secondary drive. Against a good defense like Butler's, they're going to make adjustments, and they really closed the paint down on us." 
Bond scored eight points, all in the first half, while junior forward Matt Kamieniecki snagged eight boards off the bench and also chipped in five points. Freshman guard Marcus Posley scored seven points for the Cardinals off the bench.
Ball State will now return home to Muncie to continue non-conference play against Holy Cross (Ind.) Wednesday at Worthen Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Youngstown State 58, Bowling Green 49
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—Bowling Green never led on Saturday in their 58-49 loss to Youngstown State at Stroh Center. The Falcons, who didn’t score until the 15:47 mark of the first half, shot just 28% (7-25) from the field in the first half and 31% (18-58) for the game. The loss drops the Falcons to 3-4 on the young season. Youngstown State improves to 4-4 with the win.
On the heels of their most impressive performance of the season Tuesday night vs. Detroit, the Falcons came out cold from the field, scoring just four points in the first 10:31 of the game. Bowling Green would manage just 17 first-half points, their lowest output in a first-half since March 1, 2011, when they scored just 17 vs. Kent State.
After falling behind 6-0 to start the game, A’uston Calhoun would find himself wide open under the hoop for a transition slam, and the Falcons’ first points of the day. Calhoun led the Falcons at halftime with eight points.
With 8:06 remaining in the first half, the Falcons cut the lead to one, at 10-9, after a Richaun Holmes ‘and-one’ layup. Holmes provided a spark off the bench in the first half, scoring three points, while adding two rebounds and two blocked shots.
Over the next six minutes, Youngstown State went on a 13-6 run to build their largest first half lead, at 23-15.
The Falcons would add two Calhoun free throws near the end of the half, making their halftime deficit just six, at 23-17.
Calhoun led the Falcons with eight points in the first half. No other Falcon had more than three.
Coming out of the halftime break, Youngstown State continued to take advantage of the Falcons cold shooting performance, building a 45-29 lead with 8:52 to play. Coach Orr would turn up the defensive pressure from there, leading to a 14-4 run. During that run, the Falcons used easy buckets and free-throws to climb back into the contest. The run spanned exactly five minutes and cut the deficit to just six, at 49-43.
Youngstown State’s Damian Eargle would stop the run with an 18-foot jump shot from the top of the key. Two Falcons layups and two YSU free throws made it 53-47 with 1:14 remaining.
Down the stretch, the Penguins would ice the game from the line. Shooting just 12-26 (46.2%) for the game from the free-throw line, the Penguins made 7-of-10 in the final three minutes to secure the victory.
14 of Jordon Crawford's team-high 16 points came in the second half, as he was a big reason as to why the Falcons were able to climb back into the contest.
Saturday was the first time since December 4, 2010, a contest at Michigan State, in which the Falcons did not manage to score 50 points.
Holmes set a new career-high on the afternoon, as he snatched eight rebounds, including five offensive boards. Craig Sealey also set a season-high with a perfect 4-for-4 performance from the free throw line.
The Falcons will continue their season-long five-game home stand on Monday night, when they host the Wright State Raiders. That contest is set to tip-off beginning at 7:00 p.m. inside the Stroh Center.
Cleveland State 78, Toledo 73
CLEVELAND, OH - Toledo led for the first 39 minutes, but Cleveland State capitalized on four UT turnovers in the final four minutes to rally for a 78-73 victory over the Rockets on Saturday afternoon at the Wolstein Center.
UT (2-5) shot 52.1 percent in the contest and received season-best scoring performances from junior F Matt Smith (20 pts.), junior F Reese Holliday (16 pts.) and freshman C Nathan Boothe (15 pts.). Junior F Rian Pearson also was in double figures with13 points in addition to registering a team-high six rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore G Charlie Lee paced the Viking attack with a career-high 22 points. He was joined in double figures by freshman G Bryn Forbes (16 pts.), senior F Tim Kamczyc (15 pts.) and sophomore G Sebastian Douglas (10 pts.).
Cleveland State shot 52.9 percent, including a red-hot 65.4 clip (17-of-26) in the second half.
Toledo bolted out to an early 11-2 advantage but couldn't extend its lead any further and took a 32-26 lead into intermission. The Vikings tied the score at 39-39 less than four minutes into the second half, but Smith knocked down back-to-back treys for a 45-41 lead. Pearson then scored six straight points to put the Rockets up nine, 56-47, midway through the stanza.
The Vikings chipped away though and eventually tied the score at 69-69 with 2:33 to play. Pearson hit a pair of free throws to give the Rockets a 71-69 lead with 2:15 left, UT had a chance to extend its margin following freshman G Josh Lemons' steal but a turnover led to Douglas tying the game with a reverse layup with 1:22 remaining.
Pearson then missed a 15-foot jumper on Toledo's next possession, and Lee hit a three-pointer to give CSU its first lead of the contest with 31 seconds left. Douglas then stole a pass at midcourt and took it the length of the court for a layup to extend the Vikings' lead to five (76-71) with 19.3 seconds remaining.
Holliday was then fouled before UT could get off a three-point shot and sank a pair to make it a one-possession contest with 10.6 ticks showing on the clock. CSU was able to in-bounds the ball against the Rockets' press and Lee hit two free throws to ice the game.
Toledo returns to the road on Wednesday, Dec. 5 with a short trip up I-75 to face Detroit. Tip-off time from Calihan Hall is set for 7:00 p.m.
IPFW 57, Miami 56
FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Will Felder scored a career-high 15 points, but a Mario Hines' layup with two seconds remaining lifted IPFW to a 57-56 victory over Miami Saturday night at Memorial Auditorium.
Allen Roberts had given the RedHawks (3-3) a one-point lead with a pair of free throws with 24 seconds to play.
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Robert Morris 84, Ohio 76
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Senior guard D.J. Cooper had a team-high 19 points, but it wasn't enough as the Ohio University men's basketball team (6-1) suffered its first loss of the season Saturday night at Robert Morris, falling 84-76.
Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) dished out 10 assists and scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half. He was one of four players that finished in double figures as fellow senior Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 16 points, sophomore Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) scored a season-high 11 points and senior Ivo Baltic tallied 10 points.
Offutt also pulled down a team-best eight rebounds, while junior forward Jon Smith (Columbus, Ohio) notched a pair of blocks.
Ohio never led in the game and trailed by as many as 19 at one point as the Bobcats dropped their third straight decision to the Colonials. The `Cats three losses to Robert Morris have come by an average of just 4.6 points.
As a team, Ohio was outshot 56.4-40.3 percent. The Colonials also held a 66.7-41.9 advantage from beyond the arc. Eight of the Colonials' 12 3-pointers came off the hot hand of RMU guard Karvel Anderson. Anderson finished the game with a game-high 28 points and was a perfect 10-for-10 on the night.
Ohio struggled in the early going as it was held to just two field goals in the opening six minutes of the game, while Robert Morris jumped out to a 12-5 lead. The Bobcats fought back thanks to Offutt's second straight 3-pointer and a layup by Ivo Baltic, which made the count 12-10.
The Colonials responded by going on a 19-2 to open up a 31-12 lead with 7:09 to go in the first half. Ohio responded in a big way as it held Robert Morris to just six points for the remainder of the half and climbed back to within six points at the break, trailing 37-31.
Taylor led the `Cats with 11 points first half points as he connected on three 3-point field goals. Offutt chipped in with nine points as he went 2-of-6 from the field.
In the second half, Robert Morris increased its lead to 10 at the 14:26 mark of the second half. Four minutes later, Ohio cut the lead back down to five, but the Colonials always had an answer for the `Cats as they held a five to six point lead for much of the second half.
Ohio made one last charge in the final four minutes as it cut the RMU lead to three twice in the final stretch, but could never take the lead as the Colonials outscored the Bobcats 10-5 in the final two minutes to secure the win.
The Ohio University men's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday as it travels to Memphis to take on the Tigers. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be aired live on the CBS Sports Network. Saturday's matchup can also be heard for free on "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.
St. Bonaventure 82, Buffalo 79
ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team dropped a heartbreaking 82-79 loss at St. Bonaventure on Saturday night. The Bulls turned the ball over on their final three possessions to help the Bonnies escape with the three-point victory.
Struggling to get perimeter scoring all season, the Bulls erupted to hit a season-high 13 three-pointers – the most in a game since 2010. Jarod Oldham netted 20 points, including five three-pointers – both career highs. Tony Watson drained four three-pointers and finished with 15 points and a career-high six assists.
The game featured eight ties and 16 lead changes. Watson hit a three-pointer at the buzzer of the first half to cap a 10-1 UB scoring run and knot the contest at 39 at the half.
St. Bonaventure (4-2) led 53-48 with 14:04 left. A 7-1 UB scoring run, including five points by Oldham, put the Bulls ahead, 55-54, with 11:17 left. Another Oldham three, followed by a Javon McCrea layup gave the Bulls a 63-58 lead – their largest of the game.
After the lead see-sawed back and forth, the Bulls gained a 79-76 advantage on an Oldham free throw with 1:33 left.  The Bulls regained possession of the ball with just over a minute remaining clinging to the three-point lead. However, St. Bonaventure forced turnovers on the Bulls' final three possessions and finished the game on a 6-0 scoring run to pull out the victory.
McCrea notched his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The junior forward scored his 1,000th career point in the game to become the fourth fastest player in school history to accomplish the feat.
Turnovers again plagued the Bulls as their 19 turnovers were turned into 21 points by the Bonnies. Neither team shot the ball very well from the free throw line. Buffalo went 12-of-23 from the charity stripe, while St. Bonaventure finished 22-of-38. The Bulls were whistled for nine more fouls in the game, including a 17-9 foul discrepancy in the second half.
Buffalo falls to 2-7 on the season and will next play at Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
Princeton 62, Kent State 50
The momentum from two consecutive road victories didn't carry over for Kent State when it returned home to face Princeton on Saturday night at the M.A.C. Center.
A poor shooting night for the Golden Flashes turned into an ugly 62-50 loss to the Ivy League favorites.
"The ball just wasn't going in," said Chris Evans, who led Kent State with 18 points, but struggled to shoot just 6-for-16 from the field. "We were missing bunnies all night … When that happens, you just have to play through it. You can't worry about the ball going through the net, and then you can't let your offense dictate your defense."
Kent State shot just 34-percent from the field (18-for-53). Princeton, meanwhile, connected on 55-percent of its shots (22-for-40), including 9-of-19 from three-point range.
The Golden Flashes kept Tigers star Ian Hummer from big numbers, holding him to just five points on 2-of-6 from the floor. But Princeton's supporting cast came through as point guard T.J. Bray scored 15 points and center Brendan Connolly added 11. Both Bray and Connolly shot 4-of-5 from the field.
Princeton also out-rebounded Kent State 33-27.
"We had just three second chance-points, and we average 18 per game," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff. "They had two offensive rebounds, and they still had more second-chance points than us. To me, that's about effort."
According to Senderoff, on a night when Kent State misses 35 shots, as it did on Saturday, it should expect to grab 18-to-20 offensive rebounds.
"At least that's been true through the first seven games," said Senderoff. 
Evans was Kent State's only player to score in double figures. Randal Holt and Kris Brewer added nine points each.
The Golden Flashes began the day hoping to use their athleticism to get out in transition and score some easy baskets. They finished the day with just two fast-break points.
The loss dropped Kent State's record to 5-3, including a disappointing 3-3 home mark.
"I'm very disappointed in how we played coming off of two very good road wins," said Senderoff. Disappointed is probably an understatement. We haven't started out well at home all year. I don't have an explanation for it … Our play at home concerns me a great deal.
Princeton improved to 3-4 with win.
Dayton 60, Northern Illinois 43
DAYTON, Ohio -- Following a difficult first half that saw Northern Illinois trailing by 21 at the intermission, the Huskies outscored the Flyers by four in the second half, falling 60-43 on Saturday evening at the UD Arena. 
Freshman guard Travon Baker (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Consortium) scored a career-best 17 points while adding four rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists. Baker scored 14 of his game-high 17 in the second half. 
“Unfortunately the ball just wouldn’t go in the basket (in the first half),” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “Then the crowd got into it, we had some good looks, they just didn’t go and we missed five free throws. I want to forget the first half and focus on the second half when we shot 59 percent from the field. We outscored them in the second half and maybe we are out of our slump now. There starters were still in the game until 30 seconds to go, so I credit our student-athletes for not giving up and continuing to fight.”
After shooting just 10.5 percent (2-of-19) in the opening 20 minutes, NIU shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) after the intermission. The Huskies also shot 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the free-throw line in the second stanza while forcing Dayton into 11 second half turnovers. 
NIU (1-5) held Dayton nearly 10 points below their season scoring average and held preseason all-conference honoree Kevin Dillard to just three points. The Flyers led 26-5 at the half before NIU outscored Dayton 38-34 in the second 20 minutes. Dayton outrebounded the Huskies 34-30 and used 14 offensive rebounds to claim a 19-5 advantage over NIU in second chance points.
Devin Oliver and Josh Benson paced the Flyers with 12 points each. Vee Sanford also added 11 points for the Flyers who improved to 5-2 on the season.  
“I’m excited because not too many people are scoring over 60 points against us,” said Montgomery. “This is a tough environment, they had almost 13,000 here tonight and it isn’t an easy place to play. We didn’t handle it well in the first half but we came out in the second half and battled all the way to the end. I have to give our guys credit for that. They showed heart and poise and they kept working.” 
Northern Illinois will return home on Wednesday, Dec .5, when the Huskies host SIU Edwardsville at the NIU Convocation Center. Game time against the Cougars is scheduled for 7 p.m.