Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/17/2013

Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Kent State 75, Saint Peter's 58
Ohio 76, 
Valparaiso 72
Western Michigan 73, Alabama A&M 69
Milwaukee 82, Northern Illinois 69

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Kent State 75, Saint Peter's 58
KENT, Ohio — Mark Henniger and Melvin Tabb dominated in the post as Kent State ran away from Saint Peter's in the second half of a 75-58 win on Sunday at the M.A.C. Center.

The Golden Flashes outscored the Peacocks 42-29 in the final 20 minutes and seized control during a rare stretch that saw head coach Rob Senderoff play the 6-foot-9 Henniger in tandem with the 6-9 Tabb.
"Melvin is playing the (power forward) spot a little bit now, and that's nice because it gives us two big bodies on the floor at the same time," said Henniger. "Melvin is athletic and can take people off of the drive. That helps to open up the court for us."
Henniger scored 13 points on perfect 5-for-5 shooting from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots while Tabb added another nine points and a team-best five rebounds. 
The Flashes also found 12 points and a team-high five assists from Darren Goodson at the power-forward spot.
As a team, Kent State out-scored Saint Peter's 36-18 in the paint.
Even as the production from the post positions improved, Kent State continued to find key contributions from its backcourt. Kris Brewer and Kellon Thomas combined for five assists in a turnover-free game from the point-guard position. Brewer scored 12 points, including four on driving layups with the left hand as Kent State pulled away late.
Devareaux Manley showed his versatility as he added four rebounds to a nine-point afternoon. All of his points came on 3-for-4 shooting from the three-point arc. Derek Jackson also stuffed several stat lines with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
"Everyone who played contributed for us," said Senderoff, whose Flashes improved to 3-1. "I was most proud of the way all of our guys were committed to rebounding the basketball. Saint Peter's is a very good offensive rebounding team, and we kept them from hurting us in that area."
Kent State won the rebounding battle 35-24 while limiting the Peacocks to just 10 second-chance points on eight offensive rebounds.
Center Quadir Welton and power forward Marvin Dominique came into the game averaging better than 10 rebounds each for Saint Peter's. They combined for only nine rebounds on Sunday.
Saint Peter's led by seven points early in the first half thanks in large part to 5-for-7 shooting from three-point range in the opening eight minutes. The Peacocks closed the half by missing eight consecutive threes and finished the game making 8-of-24 from the arc.
Dominique led Saint Peter's with 15 points and six rebounds. Trevis Whyche and Welton added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Kent State continues its seven-game homestand on Thursday when it hosts Western Carolina at 7 p.m. at the M.A.C. Center as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The tournament continues with home games against USC Upstate on Friday at 7 p.m. and Niagara on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Ohio 76, Valparaiso 72

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (2-1) fought off a late deficit Sunday afternoon before finishing the game with a 6-0 run to pull out a 76-72 win over Valparaiso (2-2) inside the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats started hot, hitting 8-of-9 shots in the opening minutes and racing out to a 20-8 lead. The hard fighting Crusaders trailed until the 2:18 mark in the second half when the away team took a 72-70 lead, but they wouldn't score again in the game's final minutes.
Ohio was led by junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal), who finished with career bests in points (23), blocks (5) and steals (4) while adding six rebounds. Ndour knocked down 9-of-13 field goal attempts in 29 minutes on the floor.
Senior Nick Kellogg has scored in double figures in all three games for the Bobcats in 2013-14 and added 16 points (4-of-9 3pt FG) and four rebounds Sunday against the Crusaders. 
Senior guard/forwards T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) and Ricardo Johnson (Covington, Ky.) put in 11 points each while senior forward Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) posted seven points, seven rebounds and added four blocks. Smith eclipsed the 100-block plateau for his career is eighth all-time at Ohio (101) in the category.
Junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) led the Green & White with a team-high four assists and added two steals in 29 minutes.
Ohio forced 19 turnovers aided by 12 steals and scored 25 points off of those turnovers in the contest. The Green and White shot 43.9 percent from the floor (25-57) and held the visitors to 37 percent shooting (20-54).
The Bobcats held the Crusaders to 28.6 percent from 3-point territory (6-21), marking the third time in three games Ohio has held its opponent under 30 percent from beyond the arc.
Defensively, Ohio tallied 10 blocks for the first time since a December 2011 game against Marietta. The Bobcats have registered 10-or-more blocks just seven times since blocks were kept as a stat at Ohio beginning in 1996.
After the Bobcats jumped out to the 20-8 lead, the Bobcats stayed in front by that margin (27-15) on a jumper by Jon Smith with 8:59 to go in the opening half. After Valpo used an 8-1 run to move within five (28-23), Ohio countered with a 12-3 run to build its largest lead of the half (40-26) with 45 seconds to go. The Bobcats led, 40-28, at halftime.
Valparaiso opened the second half with a 10-0 run and trailed by just four with 16:51 to play in the game. Eight straight points from Kellogg helped Ohio go back up by nine (48-39), and a lay-up by Taylor gave the Green & White their largest lead of the game (62-46) with 9:49 to go.
From there, the Crusaders fought back with 12-1 run to grab its first lead of the contest (70-69) with 2:49 to go. Valpo extended its edge to two (72-70), but Ohio shut the visitors out over the final 2:18 of action and hit its free throws down the stretch to hang on for the win.
The 'Cats are now 40-3 inside the Convo over their last 43 home games. 
The Bobcats return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Baltimore, Md., to take on Morgan State (0-4). Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
Western Michigan 73, Alabama A&M 69
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's basketball team, decked out in throwback jerseys reminiscent of their NCAA Tournament team of 1997-98, survived a late charge from a hot-shooting Alabama A&M team as the Broncos defeated the Bulldogs 73-69 at University Arena on Sunday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 3-1 on the season.
The Broncos held their late lead thanks to the efforts of a pair of seniors, as Shayne Whittington and David Brown both produced the highlights of the game to steer the Broncos to victory. Whittington finished with his second double-double in as many games, scoring 21 points and adding a career-high 17 rebounds. Brown had his second 20-point game of the season, scoring 21 and added four rebounds. Junior Austin Richie had a career-high eight assists to go with seven points, and Connar Tava added nine points. WMU out-shot the Bulldogs, going 22 of 48 (.459) from the field, and out-rebounded Alabama A&M 44-32.
The key stretch which the Broncos used to propel themselves ahead started at the halfway point of the first half, with WMU holding just a 19-16 lead over the Bulldogs with 10:19 to play in the period. Whittington made a hook shot at the 10:01 mark to put the Broncos ahead by five points, and Brown stretched the lead to 24-17 with a pair of free throw makes at the 7:27 mark. Richie capped an 11-3 run with a pair of free throw makes to make it 30-19, and Jared Klein and Whittington hit three's on back-to-back baskets to give The Broncos a 40-23 edge with under a minute to play in the half. The Bulldogs scored on a three-pointer from Jeremy Crutcher on the next possession, but WMU went into the locker room at half leading 40-26.
The barrage continued into the second half, as Tava expanded the Broncos' lead to 20 points at the 17:48 mark with a lay-up, making it 46-26 as the Broncos held the Bulldogs scoreless through the first 3:01 of the second half.  The lead jumped to 51-36 on an alley-oop dunk from Whittington, forcing the Bulldogs to call timeout with 13:59 to play in the half.

Milwaukee 82, Northern Illinois 69
DEKALB, Ill. -- Sophomore wing Darrell Bowie (Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep) scored a career-best 19 points but the Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team fell to UW Milwaukee, 82-69, on Sunday afternoon in the NIU Invitational at the NIU Convocation Center. Milwaukee finished the weekend 3-0 to claim the tournament title.

Bowie went 6-of-9 from the field and 7-of-11 from the charity stripe en route to a career high, bettering his previous mark of 16 set in the season opener, the sophomore from Milwaukee also pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
“We had an unbelievable start to the game, I thought we found our offensive rhythm right away,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “We got stops, we got out running and then they slowed us down with their 2-3 zone and we got a little stagnant. They made some plays and we didn’t respond. I thought we lost the game today on those 17 turnovers. We want to keep that under 12 and the 17 hurt us today.”  
The Huskies came into the contest averaging just 10 turnovers a game, but the 17 NIU miscues turned into 24 Milwaukee points. The Panthers had just eight turnovers resulting in 11 points for NIU. 
NIU (1-3) jumped out to a quick start, taking an 11-2 lead in the opening four minutes of the contest. Bowie had four of the 11 as the Huskies took an early nine-point advantage. 
The Huskie lead reached 14, 21-7, on a triple from junior guard Aaron Armstead (Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan/San Jose City College) with 10:52 left in the first half. Less than two minutes later, Bowie went to the bench with his second foul of the half. 
Aaron Armstead finished with nine points for the Huskies. 
After the second foul on Bowie, Milwaukee (4-1) went on an 11-3 run to cut the NIU lead to just a half-dozen, 24-18. Malcolm Moore came off the Panther bench to score five during the run; Moore finished the game with a team-high 15 points on 4-of-4 shooting, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc.
A three from Steve McWhorter trimmed the Huskie lead to just a pair, 28-26, with three minutes to play in the half and the Panthers regained the lead, 29-28, with a pair of free throws a minute later. 
Milwaukee took a 35-32 lead into the intermission. Moore and McWhorter each had 12 to pace the Panthers in the opening 20 minutes; Bowie had 11 to lead NIU. 
The lead went back-and-forth early in the second half, with neither team leading by more than five. A triple from freshman guard Aaric Armstead (Chicago, Ill./La Jolla Prep) brought the Huskies within one, 62-61, with 8:38 to play but J.J. Panoske answered with a three for Milwaukee. 
NIU got back within three, 65-62, on a free throw by sophomore Travon Baker (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Consortium), but that was as close as the Huskies would get as Milwaukee closed on a 17-7 run, including going 10-of-12 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes, to hold off the Huskies.
Baker finished with seven points, a game-high four assists and two rebounds. He was named to the NIU Invitational All-Tournament Team, along with Jordan Aaron and Matt Tiby of Milwaukee and Andrey Semenov and Ron Curry of James Madison. 
Following a week off, NIU will return to action next Sunday, Nov. 24, when it hosts Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) at the NIU Convocation Center. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.