Men's Hoops Roundup: Saturday, Dec. 23

Updated 12/23/2000
  • Eastern Michigan 94, Grambling State 77
  • DePaul 78, Northern Illinois 67
  • Wyoming 81, Akron 73
  • Xavier 63, Toledo 61

    Eastern Michigan Rolls Past Grambling, 94-77

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- Ricky Cottrill scored 23 points to lead five Eastern Michigan players in double figures as the Eagles defeated Grambling State 94-77 on Saturday.

    C.J. Grantham and Melvin Hicks scored 19 points apiece for Eastern (2-6). Ryan Prillman added 14 points, Shamar Herron 13 and Tyson Radney snared 17 rebounds for the Eagles.

    Paul Haynes led the Tigers (0-7) with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Williams Howell scored 14 points and had five steals before fouling out with 1:31 left. Paris Bernard had 12 points.

    Herron's layup with 10 minutes left in the first half put Eastern ahead to stay, 21-19. A Grantham layup with 5:45 left before intermission triggered an 11-0 Eagles run that helped put their halftime advantage at 51-32.

    Eastern led by as many as 27 points in the second half. Grambling cut its deficit to eight, 78-70, on a Haynes 3-pointer with 4:49 to go. The Eagles answered with a 12-2 run, eight of the points coming on free throws, to make it 90-72 with 56 seconds remaining.

    Eastern shot 53.3 percent for the game and made 27-of-40 free throws. Grambling shot 37.8 percent and went to the line just 10 times, making five.

    Simmons' 35 Leads DePaul Past Northern Illinois

    ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) -- Junior Bobby Simmons scored a career-high 35 points and DePaul outrebounded Northern Illinois 56-29 as the Blue Demons beat the Huskies 78-67 Saturday.

    The 6-7 Simmons also had a season-high 15 rebounds as the Demons' domination on the board allowed them to pile up 25 second-chance points in the first half alone and keep the lead throughout the game.

    Also for DePaul (7-4), freshman Andre Brown grabbed 11 rebounds while Lance Williams and 7-foot sophomore Steve Hunter added nine apiece.

    Leon Rodgers led Northern Illinois (1-7) with 23 points, including 11 in the final seven minutes as the Huskies made a late run that fell short.

    It was Andy Greer's first game as Northern's coach. He was promoted from his lead assistant's post Dec. 6 when Brian Hammel resigned immediately after a 121-88 victory over Division III Rockford.

    Wyoming Gets Past Akron, 81-73

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) --Uche Nsonwu-Amadi scored 16 points and Ugo Udezue added 14 points and 11 rebounds as Wyoming beat Akron 81-73 Saturday.

    Marcus Bailey scored 12, Chris McMillian 11 and Josh Davis 10 for Wyoming (8-2), which used a 19-4 run late in the first half to break the game open.

    Bailey had seven points and Nsonwu-Amadi and McFall scored five each during the 5:01 surge, which put the Cowboys ahead 40-22 with 2:38 remaining.

    Nsonwu-Amadi started the run with a dunk and followed a turnover with a three-point play. McFall scored on a 3-pointer and a layup and Bailey hit two free throws, a layup and a 3.

    The Zips (3-5) committed four turnovers and managed just two free throws by Emmanuel Smith and a Bruce Weinkein layup during the run. They trailed by double figures most of the rest of the way.

    Nate Schindewolf and Rashon Brown led Akron with 17 points each, Weinkein scored 15 and Andre Sims 10. The Zips made just 10-of-32 (31 percent) in the first half and finished 28-of-73 (38 percent).

    Buzzer-Beater Sinks Toledo, 63-61

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Lionel Chalmers hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, giving Xavier a 63-61 win over Toledo on Saturday night.

    The Rockets (7-3) had taken a 61-60 lead on Terry Reynolds' two free throws with 3.9 seconds remaining.

    Chalmers, a backup point guard, took the inbounds pass from Kevin Frey, drove the length of the court and hit the game-winning 3 from about 25 feet before being mobbed by teammates near mid-court.

    Toledo trailed by as many as 11 points -- 56-45 -- with 3:17 remaining, but went on a 16-4 run to take the one-point lead on Reynolds' free throws.

    Chalmers scored 12 points. David West led the Musketeers (8-2) with 20 points and 10 rebounds and Romain Sato added 11 points.

    Greg Stempin had 18 points and eight rebounds for Toledo. Robierre Cullars and Nick Moore scored 12 each and Terry Reynolds added 10 points.

    Both teams struggled offensively, with Toledo getting only four more field goals (16) than turnovers (13). The Rockets shot a season-low 32 percent (16-for-50) from the floor, including only 8-of-30 from 3-point range.

    Xavier hit 50 percent (14-of-28) of its shots in the second half after making only 8-of-31 (26 percent) before halftime. The Musketeers struggled from beyond the arc as well, going 3-for-17.