Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Akron 76, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 46
Michigan State 64, Bowling Green 53
Purdue 66, Ball State 56
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Akron 76, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 46
AKRON, Ohio – Brian Walsh netted 12 of his 14 points from behind the 3-point line to lead three Zips in double figures as the University of Akron men's basketball team cruised past Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 76-46, Tuesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Zeke Marshall finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots while Reggie McAdams had 11 points off the bench.
The 46 points allowed by Akron (5-4) were the fewest since the Zips held Eastern Michigan to 47 points on Feb. 4, 2012.
For the game, Akron shot 43.1 percent from the floor (25-of-58) and 32.4 percent from 3-point range (11-of-34). The Zips committed 25 turnovers to Arkansas-Pine Bluff's 18, but held a 50-24 advantage on the boards.
Tevin Hammond led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-9) with 14 points.
Both teams traded baskets to open the second half before a Walsh triple gave Akron a 15-point advantage at 44-29 with 17:02 left in the game. The lead grew to 33 points (62-29) thanks to a 23-0 run. The Akron defense held the Golden Lions without a point for more than 10 minutes.
Hammond ended the 11-plus minute drought with a 3-pointer with 6:28 remaining in the game and Akron leading 62-32. The Golden Lions would not be able to overcome the lead as Akron cruised to the 30-point victory.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff missed five of its first eight shots, but held an early 6-0 lead just three minutes into the game. Akron opened the contest a little sluggish, missing its first seven shots from the field before a Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell layup off the offensive glass broke the drought at the 16:06 mark.
The Treadwell bucket sparked a 12-2 run to give the Zips a 12-8 lead by the under-12 media timeout. From there, the Zips kept a lead no less than four points, using a late flurry to push their advantage to 13 points (34-21) by halftime.
The Zips closed the half shooting 39.4 percent from the floor (13-of-33) and just 16.7 percent from long range. The Golden Lions didn't fair any better, connecting on just 26.7 percent shooting (8-of-30) and 33.3 percent from behind the arc (1-of-3).
Marshall led all players with nine points, four boards and three blocked shots. Walsh and Nick Harney added six points each while Treadwell had four points and five boards (four offensive).
Akron continues its homestand with an afternoon matchup with Cleveland State on Sunday, Dec. 23. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET.
Michigan State 64, Bowling Green 53
Bowling Green, Ohio – Chauncey Orr scored the last of his career-high 16 points on a three-pointer with 10:29 left Tuesday night to tie Bowling Green’s men’s basketball game with No. 20 Michigan State. But the Spartans scored the next nine points and closed the game on a 19-8 run to defeat the Falcons 64-53 in front of a standing-room only crowd of 4,291 at the Stroh Center.
Orr made 6-of-7 shots, including all three of his three-point attempts, to help the Falcons through the first 30 minutes. But cramps forced him out of the remainder of the contest and Bowling Green could not find enough scoring punch down the stretch to upset the 20th ranked team in the country.
Jordon Crawford added 10 points and seven assists but he was the only other Falcon in double-digits in scoring. Bowling Green shot just 33 percent from the floor, while Michigan State shot 48 percent. But the Falcons hung close with a strong rebounding effort and a solid night taking care of the basketball.
Michigan State entered the contest as one of the top rebounding teams in the country, averaging 11 more than its opponents per contest. While the Spartans did hold a 38-35 edge on the boards, Bowling Green had a 13-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. As well, the Falcons committed just 10 turnovers, five fewer than Michigan State.
The contest featured six ties and nine lead changes throughout an entertaining first half and first 10 minutes of the second half. Michigan State built an early 9-4 lead but the Falcons stormed back with a 9-2 run on three-pointers from Orr and Crawford to take a 13-11 lead.
Later in the half, Crawford hit another three to give the Falcons an 18-17 lead but Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine answered eight seconds later with a long range shot of his own. James Erger followed with a three-point play on a nifty off-balanced lay-up and foul to make it 21-20 Falcons. Bowling Green took its largest lead of the game after an empty Michigan State possession followed by an Orr jumper for a 23-20 advantage.
Michigan State countered with a 12-3 run to go ahead 32-26 but another Orr three-ball made it 32-29. The Spartans got a Brandon Kearney jumper as time expired in the first half for a 34-29 lead.
The Falcons fell behind by seven early in the second half, but A’uston Calhoun completed a three-point play and Crawford followed with a lay-up. Crawford then stole a telegraphed pass and raced the length of the court for a lay-up to tie the score at 40-40. Michigan State pushed the lead to three at 45-42 before Orr’s final shot of the game tied the score with 10:29 to go.
Over the next four minutes, Michigan State’s defense held the Falcons scoreless and the Spartans got enough offense to get some breathing room at 54-45. After a pair of Jehvon Clarke free-throws, Michigan State scored five more in a row to go ahead 59-47.
The Falcons made one last run, scoring four straight on free-throws from Luke Kraus and Calhoun to get within eight. Michigan State turned the ball over on its next two possessions and missed a jumper on its third but Bowling Green was unable to capitalize and the Spartans held on for the win.
Calhoun came into the contest needing just two points to become the 40th player in school history to score 1,000 in his career and he did that on the first possession of the game. With nine points on the evening, he sits at 1,007 career points to rank 39th all-time. He added a team-high five rebounds and posted two blocks.
Richaun Holmes came off the bench to block four shots and to help the Falcon bench to a 14-12 edge over the Michigan State bench. It is the seventh consecutive game in which the BGSU bench has outscored the opposition.
Michigan State improves to 10-2 with the win and Bowling Green falls to 5-5. The Falcons will hit the road for the next four games beginning with a contest Saturday at South Florida beginning at 7 p.m.
Purdue 66, Ball State 56
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Ball State men's basketball team held a lead with less than 10 minutes to play Tuesday night at Purdue but couldn't hang on down the stretch.
The Boilermakers pulled out a 66-56 win at Mackey Arena despite a game-high 22 points from Ball State's Jesse Berry, who played in front of somewhat of a home crowd.
Berry, a Lafayette, Ind., product, hit four 3-pointers on the night and teamed with Marcus Posley in the backcourt to keep the Cardinals (5-5) within striking distance of Purdue (5-6) until the end.
Posley and Berry combined to hit 3-pointers on three straight trips down the floor midway through the second half that put the Cardinals on top 45-43.
Ball State continued to maintain a two-point advantage at 47-45 with 8:33 left in the game before Purdue snatched the momentum with a 13-2 run. A layup by Terone Johnson with 3:51 left capped the run and gave the Boilermakers a 58-49 lead.
The Cardinals clawed to within 59-54 with two minutes to play. They had their best chance to put more pressure on Purdue when Berry got a look at a transition 3-pointer that would have cut the lead to two, but the shot went just long off the back of the rim. Ball State later drew within four points with one minute to play, but Purdue closed the game out at the free throw line.
"When we get a chance to go back and watch the film, there will be a lot of good things we will be able to pull from this game," Ball State coach Billy Taylor said. "It is discouraging because we felt like we competed hard and put ourselves in position to win, but scoring 56 points on the road just isn't going to get it done."
Post player A.J. Hammons led four double-figure scorers for Purdue with 15 points, while Terone Johnson scored 14, and D.J. Byrd and Ronnie Johnson added 11 each.
Ball State's chances were hurt by its 17 turnovers, which Purdue cashed in for 17 points. The Boilermakers' 17-7 advantage in points off turnovers was equal to the game's final margin.
The Cardinals did manage to hold one of the nation's top rebounding teams in check on the boards. The Boilermakers entered the game out-rebounding their opponents by 10 per game and averaging more than 15 offensive boards a night. Ball State was only out-rebounded 33-32, and the Cardinals held the Boilers to nine offensive boards, including just four after the game's opening eight minutes.
"If you would have told me coming in that we would be even on the boards with them, I would be very pleased with that outcome and say we would at least have a chance to win," Taylor said. "And we did. We were very competitive, but our mistakes offensively with turnovers and some ill-timed shots came back to bite us toward the end of the game."
Much like its rally late in the game, Purdue also used a run to regain control in the first half. The Boilermakers trailed 11-10 but went on a 10-2 spurt and eventually took a 27-26 lead into the locker room. Ball State opened the second half with five straight points, and it was a back-and-forth game after that.
The Cardinals finished the game shooting 34.6 percent, while Purdue knocked down 44.2 percent. The Boilermakers attempted only eight 3-pointers on the night and made three of them, all by Byrd.
Majok Majok led Ball State on the glass with 10 boards for his fifth straight game of double-digit rebounds. Matt Kamieniecki added six points and six rebounds off the bench.
Senior guard Jauwan Scaife hit a 3-pointer early in the second half that moved him into solo possession of fifth place on Ball State's list for career treys with 143. He moved ahead of his cousin and former Ball State star Bonzi Wells.