Wednesday's Men's Basketball Results

Updated 12/5/2012


Wednesday's Men's Basketball Results
Detroit 79, Toledo 73
Memphis 84, Ohio 58
Ball State 76, Holy Cross 57
Buffalo 72, Milwaukee 52
Northern Illinois 65, SIU Edwardsville 54
Evansville 94, Miami 68
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Detroit 79, Toledo 73
DETROIT, MI - Too many turnovers and a red-hot Detroit perimeter attack proved costly for Toledo on Wednesday evening in a 79-73 setback to the Titans inside Calihan Hall.
The Rockets outshot (45.6-42.6) and outrebounded (37-35) Detroit, but UT committed 18 turnovers for its second-highest amount of miscues this season.
Sophomore G Julius Brown and junior G Rian Pearson topped Toledo with 20 and 19 points, respectively, with junior F Matt Smith also in double figures for the second-straight contest with 15 points.  Freshman C Nathan Boothe paced the Rockets on the boards with a season-high nine caroms to go along with six points and a season-best three blocked shots.
Junior G Jason Calliste spearheaded the Titan attack with a career-high 24 points with sophomore F Juwan Howard Jr. contributing 16 points. The duo shot a combined 9-of-18 from three-point range after entering the contest with a combined 30.3 3PTFG% (17-of-56). That performance spurred the hosts to an impressive 42.9 3PTFG% (12-of-28) for the game.
Smith poured in 11 of the team's first 17 points to give the Rockets a 17-8 advantage just over five minutes into the contest. Howard was just as hot for Detroit though as he scored 14 of the Titans' first 16 points.
Detroit eventually took a 28-23 lead later in the opening stanza, but a Brown trey evened the score at 30-30 at the 3:54 mark. Baskets from Boothe and Pearson provided the Rockets with a four-point cushion, however, Calliste and freshman F Anton Wilson buried threes to give Detroit a 38-36 halftime advantage.
UT appeared ready to break free from the Titans midway through the second half after back-to-back three-pointers from junior F Reese Holliday put the Rockets up 54-48 with 11:16 remaining.
Detroit responded with a 22-3 run though over the next six minutes during which it limited UT to just three free throws to take a commanding 70-57 advantage.
Toledo returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 8 when it travels to Charleston, IL to face Eastern Illinois. Tip-off time is set for 6:00 p.m. (CT).
Memphis 84, Ohio 58
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Senior guard D.J. Cooper poured in a team-high 19 points, but it was not enough as the Ohio University men's basketball team (6-2) dropped an 84-58 decision to the University of Memphis Wednesday night at the FedEx Forum.
Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) and junior forward Jon Smith (Columbus, Ohio) were the only players to finish in double figures. Smith also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, while Cooper dished out a team-best four assists.
As a team, Ohio shot a season-low 37.5 percent from the field, connecting on 21-of-56 field goals. The Bobcats struggled from 3-point range as they shot just 24 percent as they hit just 6-of-25 shots from beyond arc. Ohio also tied a season-high for turnovers as they committed 17 on the night. On the glass, Ohio was outrebounded 38-27.
Ohio jumped out to a quick six point lead (8-2) at the 15:08 mark of the first half thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by guards T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) and Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.). The Bobcats held the Tigers in check offensively as they limited Memphis to just one field goal over the first 6:30 of the game.
The Bobcats held a 20-16 lead at the 7:21 mark of the first half, but Memphis responded in a big way as it closed out the first half with a 20-8 run to take a 36-28 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, Ohio cut the Tigers' lead to six (19:45) following a layup by Smith, but that would be as close as the Bobcats would get for the remainder of the game.
Seven minutes later, Memphis had opened up a 19 point-lead (63-44). Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin had eight points during the stretch. Goodwin finished the game with 20 points. The Tigers would go on to secure the win after they held the Bobcats to just 14 points in the final stretch.
Memphis guard Geron Johnson scored a game-high 21 points off the bench as he connected on 8-of-11 shots from the field and went 3-for-5 from 3-point range. He also registered a game-high three steals to lead the Tigers.
Ohio returns to action on Saturday as it welcomes Oakland to the Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. and can be heard on the Ohio IMG Network Presented by Horizon.
Ball State 76, Holy Cross 57
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Majok Majok dominated the paint with 18 points and 17 rebounds Wednesday as the Ball State men's basketball team rolled to a 76-57 victory over Holy Cross (Ind.) at Worthen Arena.
Marcus Posley came off the bench to score 14 points and hand out a game-high five assists as Ball State (3-4) snapped a four-game losing streak. Jauwan Scaife added 11 points and Michael Ramey 10 to give the Cardinals four double-figure scorers.
"The theme for tonight's game was that we were very unselfish," Ball State coach Billy Taylor said. "We moved the basketball. We were able to go into the post, and we kicked out and got some good shots. We made a lot of extra passes and moved the ball on the break."
Ball State will play at home again Saturday when South Dakota visits for a 1 p.m. tipoff in the first game of a back-to-back, home and-home series with the Coyotes.
Holy Cross guard Yama Kader led the Saints (5-6) with 18 points Wednesday, while Brandon Evans and Zoe Bauer added 12 points each.
Ball State turned Holy Cross over 18 times in the game and out-scored the Saints 18-3 in points off turnovers. Led by Majok's effort, the Cardinals held a 36-18 margin in the paint.
Majok's 18 points matched his career-high, while his 17 rebounds were the most by any player in the Mid-American Conference this season and the most by a Cardinal since Cameron Echols' 22-rebound performance against Wright State in December 2002.
"We wanted to get the ball inside, and we executed that," Taylor said. "Majok obviously had a tremendous performance. He was a monster on the glass and really set a tone for us on the interior."
Ball State got off to a quick start thanks to hot early shooting from Scaife, who knocked down his first three shots of the night. A layup from Bo Calhoun gave the Cardinals a 10-point lead at 21-11 just seven minutes into the game.
Ball State built a 36-22 advantage by halftime. A pair of free throws from Scaife four minutes into the second half put the Cardinals on top 41-26, and the lead never shrunk to fewer than 14 points after that. Ball State extended it to as many as 22 points in the closing seconds on a pair of Posley free throws.
Holy Cross hung in the game by shooting 48 percent in the second half and knocking down 5-of-9 attempts from beyond the arc over the final 20 minutes. The Saints hit several deep and off-balance 3-pointers, including one on the last possession of the game.
Posley and Ramey both scored career highs for Ball State, while Posley posted his third game of the season with at least five assists and his second with no turnovers. As a team, Ball State turned the ball over just five times Wednesday.
Buffalo 72, Milwaukee 52
MILWAUKEE, WI – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team put together its best all-around effort of the season to easily defeat Milwaukee, 72-52, at The Klotsche Center on Wednesday night. The Bulls shot a season-best 56 percent from the field and held a 47-23 rebounding edge. 
Javon McCrea scored a career-high 31 points on 15-of-19 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds for his second double-double in as many games. The junior forward added a season-high four blocked shots.
For as well as McCrea played, fellow junior Auraum Nuiriankh did his best to steal the spotlight. The Baltimore native had 13 points and 15 rebounds – both career highs. The 15 boards were the most by a UB player since Calvin Betts had 18 caroms against Kent State in the quarterfinals of the 2009 MAC Tournament.
Buffalo (3-7) jumped out to an 11-2 lead and never looked back. The Panthers missed their first eight shots from the field and only shot 21 percent in the first half. Conversely, the Bulls shot 57 percent in the first half and built a 36-21 advantage at the break.
In the second half, Milwaukee cut the lead to 47-36, before a Nuiriankh three-pointer sparked a 19-3 scoring run and gave the Bulls their largest lead of the game, 66-39, with 5:29 left.
The Panthers had no answer for McCrea who seemed to score at will. All 15 of his field goals came in the paint. In fact, as a team, 58 of UB's 72 points were scored in the paint. Will Regan added 10 points and a career-best seven rebounds. 
After a solid game at St. Bonaventure, Jarryn Skeete earned his first career start against Milwaukee. The freshman guard finished with three points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 17 minutes.
"We're closer to having 40 minutes of focus and that was the key for us defensively," head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "Inside we really established a presence around the basket. Once we scored in the paint against them I think it actually helped our defense."
Buffalo will return home to host Niagara on Saturday night at Alumni Arena.
Northern Illinois 65, SIU Edwardsville 54
DEKALB, Ill. -- Three Huskies scored in double figures as Northern Illinois used the energy of an Orange Bowl Pep Rally crowd to earn a 65-54 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Wednesday night at the NIU Convocation Center. Junior forward Aksel Bolin (Asker, Norway/Asker) led the Huskies with 15 points. 
More to come.
Evansville 94, Miami 68
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Miami allowed 7-0 and 10-0 runs in the first half and never recovered Wednesday night, suffering a 94-68 loss to Evansville (5-3) at the Ford Center. Junior guard Allen Roberts led three RedHawks (3-4) in double figures with 15 points.
Miami came back and shot 65.2 percent from the floor in the second half, including 66.7 percent from long-range, but a 35.7 percent first-half effort and a hot-shooting Evansville team that hit 63.2 percent from the floor for the game and 77.8 percent from 3-point range was too much to overcome.
The RedHawks held two early leads and trailed just four points,18-14, after a Roberts trey at the 9:37 mark, but a 14-2 run by the Purple Aces over the next four minutes pushed the Evansville lead to 16 points, 32-16. The Purple Aces used a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 23 points with 41 second left in the opening half, 46-23. Junior guard Josh Sewell knocked down a triple with 20 seconds remaining to cut the Evansville lead to 20 points at the half, 46-26.
Miami was able to close within 15 with 12:56 to play in the second half, 60-45, off a Sewell layup, a junior forward Jon Harris dunk and a pair of free throws from Sewell. That was as close as the RedHawks would get as Evansville went on to collect the 26-point win.
In addition to Roberts' 15 points, Harris chipped in 13 points and freshman guard Reggie Johnson tallied 11 points for the RedHawks. Junior guard Quinten Rollins handed out seven assists.
Evansville's Colt Ryan led all players with 18 points and eight assists.
Miami returns to the court on Saturday night, traveling to Dayton for an 8 p.m. game.