Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Miami 94, IPFW 87
No. 21/22 UMass 69, Eastern Michigan 57
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Miami 94, IPFW 87
OXFORD, Ohio – A strong second-half effort to overcome a 16-point halftime deficit catapulted the Miami University men’s basketball team to their first victory of the season with a 94-87 win over IPFW at Millett Hall on Tuesday night.
Senior forward Will Felder led the RedHawks with a Miami career-high 26 points while junior guard Will Sullivan also notched a career-high 23 points. Sullivan got hot down the stretch with 17 second-half points including four 3-pointers.
After a 10-day hiatus since its last game, Miami (1-4) came out of the gates slowly with IPFW (6-4) jumping out to an early 7-0 lead to start the contest. Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight broke that early string of points with a layup to give the RedHawks their first score of the night.
Both sides exchanged points from there over the course of the first half but the Mastodons brought out a very strong perimeter shooting effort to slowly widen their lead. IPFW sunk 12 3-pointers over the course of the first half and one last made 3-pointer as time expired from the Mastodons’ Kevin Harden gave them a 52-36 halftime lead.
Miami emerged out of the locker room strong in the second half, starting on an 8-0 run. Over the first 7:18 of the second half, the RedHawks went on a 21-9 run to bring them within four points of the Mastodons. Miami trailed 61-57.
The two sides continued to battle hard and trade points. With IPFW leading 71-66, Sullivan stepped to the line in the bonus for MU, sinking both free throws to bring the RedHawks within three points. Sullivan then knocked down a 3-pointer with 6:15 remaining in the contest to tie it at 71 apiece, the first tie since the beginning of the game.
Sullivan scored 15 points in just over a five-minute span late in the second half. When he hit his third 3-pointer during that stretch, it gave the Red & White their first lead of the night with the score sitting at 79-77 with 3:55 left in the game.
From there, the two teams battled and traded leads before McKnight nailed another 3-pointer to give the RedHawks an 88-87 lead with 1:01 remaining in the contest, a lead they would not surrender again.
IPFW was forced to foul as the clock ran down and Miami hit all six free throws in the final minute of the contest, downing the Mastodons 94-87.
The last time Miami scored 94 points in a game came on Dec. 6, 2008 when they downed Northwestern State 94-66.
Senior center Blake McLimans was not available for tonight’s game against IPFW due to an illness in the family.
Senior guard Quinten Rollins notched four steals on the night, moving into 6th place on the Miami all-time rebounding list. Felder scored over 20-points for the third time as a RedHawk.
Miami hits the road to take on Evansville this Saturday at 2:05 p.m. (ET). Their next home contest will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, inside Millett Hall.
No. 21/22 UMass 69, Eastern Michigan 57
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – Facing its second straight nationally-ranked opponent, the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team fell, 69-57, to the No. 21/22 University of Massachusetts Minutemen Tuesday night, Dec. 4, at the Convocation Center. With the setback, the Eagles drop to 5-2 on the 2013-14 campaign while the Minutemen remain undefeated at 7-0.
After shooting 57.7 percent from the field in the first half to build a four-point lead going into the locker room, EMU would only muster 8-of-32 shooting in the final 20 minutes of play as the Minutemen outscored the Eagles 38-22 in the second half. Karrington Ward (Lockport, Ill.-Lockport Township (Moraine Valley C.C.)) and Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio-St. Vincent-St. Mary (Wyoming)) each recorded 11 points to lead the Eagles in scoring while Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich.-Detroit Country Day (Syracuse)) recorded 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked five shots. Eastern struggled from the free-throw line throughout the contest only shooting 36.8 percent (7-of-19).
UMass had five players in double figures led by Raphiael Putney who scored 15 points to go along with nine rebounds. Starting center Cady Lalanne recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards on 6-of-11 shooting. As a team, the Minutemen shot 43.1 percent from the floor, making 25-of-58 shots. While UMass attempted the same amount of free throws as the Green and White, the Minutemen made twice as many, going 14-of-19 from the charity stripe.
Riley got things started with a bucket in the low post, but it was quickly answered with a basket by redshirt freshman Derrick Gordon of the Minutemen. The Eagles responded with a three-ball retaking the lead; however, UMass would use a 6-0 run to go on top for the first time in the contest, 8-5, with 15:54 remaining in the first half.
The Eagles would quickly answer with a 6-0 run of their own to take a three point advantage, however Massachusetts would re-gain the lead itself. Darell Combs (Chicago, Ill.-Thornwood (Blinn)) brought the Eagles within two points after slashing to the basket for a layup. The sophomore guard would then force a turnover, which led to a transition bucket by Mike Talley (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale ABT (Duquesne)) giving the Eagles a two-point lead.
Following a media timeout, EMU would go on a 7-0 run lead by the junior college transfer, Ward, who scored five of the seven points. Ward knocked down a three pointer as well as a fast break layup before Harrison nailed a jumper to put the Eagles up, 24-20, at the 6:24 mark of the opening half. After trading baskets to end the first half, the Green and White would take a four-point lead into the break, 35-31.
Eastern shot well from the floor in the first half, sinking 15-of-26 buckets for 57.7 shooting percentage. Ward and Talley led the way with seven points apiece while Riley and Harrison both grabbed four rebounds. Despite getting the Minutemen in foul trouble, the Eagles were not able to capitalize at the foul line, shooting only 3-of-12 for 25 percent.
UMass also had a pair of players tally seven points as Putney and Derrick Gordon paced the Minutemen in first half scoring. The visiting team converted 40 percent of its shots (14-of-35) while going just 2-of-11 from beyond the arc. UMass controlled the paint area in the first half, out-scoring the Eagles, 22-14.
The Minutemen would open the second half of the game with a 7-0 run to take a three-point lead, but the Eagles would respond as Harrison hit a three to tie the game up at 40. Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich.-Oak Hill Academy (Arkansas)) followed with a jumper to give Eastern the lead. However, UMass would score nine of the game's next 11 points to advance ahead 49-44 and force EMU Head Coach Rob Murphy to call a timeout with 9:26 remaining in the contest.
Down seven with less than four minutes to go, Riley converted down on the block while being fouled but could not hit the free throw to complete the old-fashioned three-point play. UMass would then score on a low post bucket by Putney to force another EMU timeout. Despite the timeout, the Minutemen would increase the margin with a four-point play from Trey Davis, giving UMass a double-digit lead, 66-55, and putting the game out of reach. UMass would hold off the Eagles for the 69-57 win.
The Eagles will hit the road for its next contest, traveling to West Lafayette, Ind. to face Purdue University for a 2 p.m. showdown, Dec. 7.