Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 1/5/2013

 

Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Ohio 94, Marshall 57
UMass 75, Eastern Michigan 61

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Ohio 94, Marshall 57
Boxscore

ATHENS, Ohio - Senior guard D.J. Cooper dished out a school record 17 assists and was one of five Ohio University men's basketball players that finished in double figures as the Bobcats posted a convincing 94-57 victory over Marshall University Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
 
Cooper's 17 helpers also tied the single game MAC record for assists.
 
As a team, Ohio's 94 points were a season high and its 29 assists tied a single-game school record. Ohio has scored 70-or-more points in 11 of its last 13 home games dating back to last season. The Bobcats shot 65.3 percent from the field, which set a single game Convocation Center record for Ohio, and forced the Herd into 26 turnovers, which translated into 51 points for the Green and White.
 
Junior Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) lead the Bobcats with a season-high 22 points as he connected on a season-best five 3-pointers. Senior forward Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) also recorded a season-high 18 points as he went 8-of-9 from the field.
 
Teammates Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.), Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.) and Cooper also chipped in with 13, 12 and 12 points, respectively.
 
In the 100th all-time meeting between the two schools, the Bobcats came out firing in the opening minutes of the first half as they opened up a 20-6 lead at the 13:11 mark. Baltic led the way for the Bobcats as he totaled eight points, registering a pair of dunks, one layup and a jumper.
 
Ohio would go on to turn up the intensity over the next five minutes as it went on an incredible 19-4 run to open up a 39-14 lead at the 7:50 mark of the second half. At one point during the run, Ohio scored eight consecutive points on either a layup or a dunk.
 
The `Cats would go on to push their lead to 31 points thanks to a layup by Keely, which made the count 52-21 with 2:10 to go until the break. Ohio would go into the locker room, leading 56-24. The `Cats 32-point lead at the break was their largest halftime lead of the season.
 
Ohio's 52 first half points were the most it had scored in a half all season, while its 74.1 first half shooting percentage was the highest it had connected on in a half all year.
 
Kellogg scored a game-high 19 first half points as he went 5-of-8 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. His four treys tied a season-high. Baltic also scored in double figures as he chipped in with 10 points. Cooper played a big role in the Bobcats' offensive onslaught as he dished out 13 assists and nearly tied the program mark for assists in the first half.
 
The Bobcats also held a significant 39-4 advantage in points off turnovers in the half and forced the Herd into 19 first half turnovers.
 
In the second half, Marshall came out firing, as it put together a 7-0 run to open the second half, cutting the Bobcats' lead to 25 with 19:08 to go in the game and forced head coach Jim Christian to burn a timeout.
 
Coming out of the timeout, Ohio went on a 7-2 run to push its lead back over 30 points. The 25-point deficit was as close as the Herd would get for the remainder of the game.
 
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday as they open up league play against Buffalo at the Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be aired regionally on SportsTime Ohio and nationally on ESPN3.com. The game can also be heard live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.
 
UMass 75, Eastern Michigan 61
Boxscore
AMHERST, Mass. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team wrapped up its non-conference slate with a 75-61 setback on the road against the University of Massachusetts Saturday afternoon, Jan. 5. The Eagles head into Mid-American Conference play with a 7-7 record. 
 
Trailing by 13 at the half, the Green and White started the second stanza 6-of-6 from the floor and pulled back to within four. But the Minutemen (10-3) were able to keep pace and preserve their lead with 11 three-pointers on the afternoon.
 
Redshirt junior J.R. Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind.-Snider) came within a point of his personal-best with 12 and was one-of-three EMU players to reach double figures. Redshirt junior Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich.-Oak Hill Academy) turned in his second double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 boards. Despite early foul trouble, senior Jamell Harris (Euclid, Ohio-Euclid) recorded 10 points for EMU.
 
As a team, the Eagles went 23-of-53 (43.4 percent) from the field which included a 6-of-15 (40 percent) showing from beyond the arc. EMU edged the Minutemen on the glass, 35-30, but committed 20 turnovers which led to 28 UMass points.
 
UMass had four players score 10-or-more points including Freddie Riley, who threw down 18 on 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range. Chaz Williams (14 points), Maxie Esho (13 points) and Jesse Morgan (11 points) were the other Minutemen to reach double digits. The Minutemen finished the game shooting 26-of-58 (44.8 percent) overall and 11-of-25 (44 percent) from long range.
 
Sloppy ball handling was the story early on for the Eagles, who fell behind, 8-2, while surrendering six turnovers. But a Bryant block led to a dunk in transition by junior Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich.-Detroit Country Day), which was followed by a Jalen Ross (Greensboro, N.C.-Greensboro Day) three-pointer. That cut the deficit to one, 8-7, with 14:14 to play. 
 
Senior Derek Thompson (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale) gave the Green and White its first lead of the afternoon, 11-10, when he struck from downtown off a feed from Ross. That advantage did not last, however, as UMass connected on seven of its first 13 tries from beyond the arc including five from Riley to take a 27-15 edge with seven minutes left.
 
After breaking a 13-13 tie earlier in the half, UMass closed the first period outscoring EMU, 25-10, for a 13-point advantage, 38-25. Bryant's seven points led the way for the Eagles, who went 8-of-25 (32 percent) from the floor and 2-of-4 (50 percent) from three-point land.
 
Of the Minutemen's 31 first-half shots, 17 came from behind the three-point line and nine hit paydirt for a 52.9 percent clip. UMass was 12-of-31 (38.7 percent) shooting and was paced by Riley's 15 points.
 
EMU's converted on each of its first six shots to begin the second half and made it a four-point contest, 44-40, less than five minutes in. Redshirt junior Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio-St. Vincent St. Mary) made it a six-point affair, 42-36, when he filled a jumper and Bryant benefited from a favorable bounce off the rim at 15:33 to bring the Eagles to within four.
 
The Minutemen responded with a 10-0 run and opened up a 14-point spread. Harrison snapped that run with a bucket, but Riley scored his first three-ball of the half on the ensuing possession at 12:04 to put UMass on top, 57-42.
 
Despite continued efficiency on the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles failed to cut into their deficit, which remained 15 points, 63-48, with 7:33 left. At that point, EMU was converting at a better-than 50-percent pace (9-of-17), but UMass was 11-of-18 (61.1 percent).   
 
Thompson hit a three-pointer with 22 seconds remaining to put EMU over the 60-point plateau, but it would not be enough as the Eagles fell for a sixth-consecutive game on the road.
 
The 2012-13 MAC season gets underway Wednesday, Jan. 9, when the Eagles begin defending their West Division crown against Ball State University inside the Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.