Men's Basketball Roundup: Thursday, Dec. 21

Updated 12/21/2000
  • Nebraska 69, Kent State 68
  • Bowling Green 112, Wilmington College 75
  • Central Michigan 92, Tri-State 62
  • Akron 82, Cleveland State 80
  • Detroit 67, Western Michigan 56
  • Eastern Illinois 73, Buffalo 66

    Kent State's Kyrem Massey dunks against Nebraska. (AP Photo/Tomas van Houtryve)

    Nebraska Nips Kent State, 69-68

    CAROLINA, Puerto Rico (AP) - Kevin Augustine scored the game-winning basket on a driving layup with 28 seconds left and Kimani Ffriend had 19 points, 10 rebounds and blocked six shots as Nebraska beat Kent State 69-68 on Thursday (Dec. 21), and advanced to the finals of the San Juan Shootout.

    The Cornhuskers will meet Southern Methodist University in Friday's championship game.

    Augustine's basket punctuated a late comeback by the Cornhuskers, who rallied from a five-point deficit in the last three minutes of the game.

    A basket by Andrew Mitchell gave Kent State a 68-63 lead with 3:01 left. But a jumper by Augustine with 2:05 remaining initiated a 6-0 run by the Cornhuskers.

    Ffriend followed with a free throw with 1:24 left, then grabbed the rebound off his second free throw miss. He was fouled and converted the first of two free throws.

    Nebraska's Cookie Belcher grabbed the rebound and set up the winning basket.

    Augustine finished with 13 points and Brian Conklin added 11.

    Demetric Shaw scored 18 points for Kent. Trevor Huffman added 16 and Kyrem Massey 12.

    Bowling Green Knocks Off Wilmington College, 112-75

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Josh Almanson scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds to lead six Bowling Green players in double figures on Thursday night (Dec. 21) as the Falcons blasted Wilmington, 112-75.

    Almanson, who did not start, also had 10 rebounds for Bowling Green (4-4), which extended its home winning streak to 20 games.

    All five Falcon starters scored at least 11 points. Keith McLeod had 22, Trent Jackson 20, Kevin Netter 17, Brandon Pardon 12 and Len Matela 11. Pardon had 12 assists and Jackson tied a school record with eight steals.

    Dan Shardo scored 21 and Jeremy Skeens 16 for the Quakers (2-7), a Division III team.

    Wilmington got on the scoreboard first on a layup by Kevin Long with 14 seconds left, but the Falcons scored the next 17 points. Matela had seven of them, including a basket that made the score 17-2 with 16:09 left in the first half.

    It was 57-38 at halftime. Bowling Green scored its 100th point on a free throw by Jabari Mattox with 4:09 to play.

    Central Michigan Tops Tri-State, Cent. Michigan 92, Tri-State 62

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - David Webber led Central Michigan with 20 points and five assists to help the Chippewas to a 92-62 drubbing of Tri-State on Thursday (Dec. 21).

    Central hit 66 percent of attempted shots in the game and held Tri-State to 37.9 percent shooting. The Chippewas (6-3) led 41-28 going into the half.

    Chris Kama scored 12 points and Gerrit Brigitha scored 11 for Central Michigan.

    Tri-State (8-6) was led by Chad LaCross, who scored 28 points and hit 5-of-13 3-pointers. LaCross also led the team with seven rebounds. No other Tri-State players scored in the double digits.

    Akron Slips Past Cleveland State, 82-80

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Nate Schindewolf scored 25 points, including six connections from 3-point range, leading Akron's win over Cleveland State, 82-80, on Thursday (Dec. 21).

    The Zips (3-4) opened a three-game homestand with their first appearance at James A. Rhodes Arena since beating Rhode Island 74-60 in Akron's home opener on Dec. 6.

    The Zips played without leading scorer Andy Hipsher, a sophomore averaging 14.2 points, who is sidelined with a back injury. But they enjoyed a spark from point guards Rashon Brown, a junior, and Andre Sims, a freshman, both transfers who were able to play for the first time this season.

    Brown, who played previously at Western Kentucky, and Sims, in his first college game, each scored 14.

    Rollie Massimino's Vikings (5-5) had won two straight and were coming off a double-overtime win, 87-85, over Florida State Tuesday night.

    Akron set a fast pace early, going ahead 9-0 in the first two minutes, and the Zips led by as many as 17 points in the first half before Cleveland State rallied back. Akron was on top 39-33 at the half, with David Falknor pacing Akron with 10 points off the bench.

    Cleveland State went ahead for the first time in the second half, 47-45, on Jermaine Robinson's jumper. Robinson paced the Vikings with 22 points. He made four 3-pointers.

    Cleveland State point guard Jamaal Harris fouled out with 8:54 left. But even without him, the Vikings battled Akron fiercely the rest of the way. They had a chance to win on Robinson's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    The Zips won despite making just 18 of their 30 free throws.

    Cleveland State plays at Temple Saturday and Akron hosts Wyoming.

    Detroit Defeats Western Michigan, 67-56

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) _ Terrell Riggs scored 13 points, including two free throws that put Detroit ahead to stay early in the second half, as the Titans downed Western Michigan 67-56 on Thursday night.

    Riggs also had a game-high nine rebounds for Detroit (8-3), which finished with an overwhelming 42-24 advantage on the boards.

    The Broncos (1-8) took a 10-8 lead on the first of Robby Collum's two 3-point baskets with 13:24 left in the first half. The Titans, who did not go to the foul line in the first 20 minutes, fell behind by as many as eight points before cutting their halftime deficit to 24-20.

    Collum's second 3-pointer gave the Broncos their last lead, 27-25, with 1:32 gone in the second half. Detroit's Darius Belin tied it with a layup with 16:09 remaining, Riggs put the Titans ahead with two free throws with 15:36 to play and added a dunk 12 seconds later.

    Detroit went on to lead by as many as 17 points.

    Greg Grays added 11 points and Belin had 10 for the Titans.

    Steve Reynolds and KC Cavette came off the bench to score 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Western. Cavette also had four steals.

    E. Illinois Trips Up Buffalo, 73-66

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Henry Domercant and Kyle Hill combined for 52 points to lead Eastern Illinois to a 73-66 victory over Buffalo in the first round of the South Florida Shootout on Thursday (Dec. 21).

    The Panthers (7-3) will face South Florida (7-3), a 79-66 winner over Alcorn St. (2-7), in Friday's championship game.

    Domercant matched a career high with 32 points for the third time this season. Hill had 20 points and Matt Britton added 13.

    Eastern Illinois withstood 10 lead changes en route to a 38-30 halftime lead. The Panthers led by as much as 12 points, 54-42, seven minutes into the second half. Buffalo (1-5) then went on a 17-6 run to trail only 60-59 with six minutes left.

    The Panthers came back to score the next seven points, including five by Hill.

    Jason Robinson led Buffalo with 17 points. Robert Brown, Damien Foster and Louis Campbell each had 13 points for the Bulls.