Men's Hoops Roundup: Friday, Dec. 22

Updated 12/22/2000
  • Kent State 81, VCU 75
  • George Mason 64, Miami University 50
  • Ohio 92, Oakland 85
  • Buffalo 74, Alcorn State 69

    Kent State Takes Third in San Juan Shootout

    Nigel Smith of Kent State (AP Photo/ Tomas van Houtryve)
    CAROLINA, Puerto Rico (AP) - Mike Perry had 18 points and 11 rebounds as Kent State beat Virginia Commonwealth 81-75 Friday in the third-place game of the San Juan Shootout.

    After Kent State (7-3) took a 66-59 lead on Perry's basket with 7:55 left, VCU (7-5) closed within a point at 76-75 on Bo Jones' two free throws with 31 seconds remaining.

    The Golden Flashes then hit six straight free throws.

    Trevor Huffman added 17 points for Kent State, Demetric Shaw had 16 and Kyrem Massey 12. Scott Lilly led VCU with 16 points, L.F. Likcholitov added 13 points and 12 rebounds, Jones had 11 points and Johnnie Story 10.

    George Mason Downs Miami University, 64-50

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - George Evans scored a game-high 22 points, and Erik Herring added 20 to help George Mason bounce back from a sluggish first half and defeat Miami (Ohio) 64-50 Friday night.

    It was George Mason's best start in 17 years.

    Miami used a 13-point first-half run to take a 31-23 halftime lead. The RedHawks controlled the tempo in the first half, slowing the Patriots and keeping the ball away from Evans.

    But Evans and Herring both sparked George Mason in the second half, combining for 25 of the team's 41 points. Miami repeatedly double-teamed Evans in the first half, but George Mason coach Jim Larranaga moved him to the high post more often, which made it easier to get him the ball.

    Evans had a nearly perfect shooting night, making seven of eight from the field. His 10 rebounds gave Evans the second double-double this season and 24th of his career.

    Herring made four of six shots from the field in the second half, scoring 14 of his 20 points.

    The George Mason offense had a better second half, making 11 of its first 14 shots and taking command. The Patriots later scored 11 of the game's final 12 points and shot 65 percent from the field in the second half (13-for-20).

    The Patriots also held a 22-9 rebounding edge in the second half, one reason the Miami offense struggled. George Mason also forced the RedHawks to play a faster tempo by using a full-court press for most of the final 20 minutes.

    Jesse Young also helped the Patriots with seven points, nine rebounds and two blocks while point guard Tremaine Prince had a game-high six assists.

    Miami shot just 26 percent from the field in the second half (7-for-27) and displayed poor shot selection. Alex Shorts led the RedHawks with 19 points.

    Ohio Rallies Past Oakland for 92-85 Victory

    ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) - Patrick Flomo scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half as Ohio rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Oakland 92-85 Friday night.

    Flomo's layup with 1:01 remaining gave the Bobcats (4-4) an 87-85 lead, and Brandon Hunter hit four free throws down the stretch.

    Ohio trailed 53-40 with 16:24 to play and rallied to tie on Hunter's layup with 8:19 to go. Six ties and seven lead changes later, Flomo hit the layup to put the Bobcats ahead for good.

    Jason Rozycki led Oakland (3-8) with 36 points and hit 8-of-14 from 3-point range. He was 5-of-7 on 3s and scored 19 in the first half to help the Golden Grizzlies take a 39-33 lead.

    Brad Buddenborg scored 25 points for Oakland, which committed 20 turnovers, to just 10 for Ohio.

    Flomo also had a game-high 14 rebounds. Jon Sanderson scored 15 points and Hunter, Anthony Jones and Dustin Ford had 12 each for Ohio.

    Mike Helms scored 10 points for Oakland.

    Buffalo Takes Third in South Florida Shootout

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Robert Brown scored 18 points and Jason Robinson had 17 as Buffalo beat Alcorn State 74-69 Friday night in the consolation game of the South Florida Shootout Tournament.

    Marcus Flemming scored 18 points and Jason Cable had 17 for Alcorn State.

    After trailing by 10 points with six minutes remaining, a 3-pointer by Devon Pack pulled Alcorn State within 71-69 with 34 seconds left. Buffalo secured the win when Brown shot 3-for-4 from the line in the final 20 seconds.

    Robinson's basket, and two free throws by Damien Foster gave Buffalo (2-4) its first double-digit lead, at 57-47, with 8 1/2 minutes left. Buffalo also lead by 10, at 60-50, at the six minute mark.

    Buffalo used a 22-9 run over the final nine minutes of the first half to take a 38-32 lead at the break. The spurt started when Davis Lawrence hit a 3-pointer and Karl Rainey converted a three-point play.

    Alcorn State (2-8) cut its deficit to 36-32 on a 3-pointer by Jeff Cammon with 20 seconds left. Buffalo countered with a steal and two free throws by Louis Campbell with eight seconds remaining.