Men's Hoops Roundup: Wednesday, Jan. 3

Updated 1/3/2001
  • Marshall 67, Western Michigan 65
  • Akron 75, Buffalo 65 (OT)
  • Kent State 70, Eastern Michigan 57
  • Ohio 68, Ball State 58
  • Bowling Green 78, Northern Ill. 67
  • Toledo 76, Miami 67

    VanHoose Leads Marshall Past Western Michigan, 67-65

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    Marshall's J.R. VanHoose (40) attempts to dribble past the defense of Western Michigan's Anthony Kann. (AP Photo/The Herald-Dispatch, Randy Snyder)

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - J.R. VanHoose scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as Marshall defeated Western Michigan 67-65 on Wednesday (Jan. 3).

    Cornelius Jackson, who had 13 points, hit a layup to end a 9-0 run as Marshall pushed an eight-point halftime lead to 57-44 with 13:01 remaining.

    Marshall fed the ball underneath consistently throughout the second half, but missed layups allowed Western Michigan to cut the lead to 64-62 with 2:23 left.

    Tamar Slay was fouled on a quick driving layup and hit a free throw that put the game out of reach with 1:05 left.

    Both teams had problems from 3-point range. Marshall (8-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) shot only 30 percent, making 6 of 20 3-point attempts. Western Michigan (1-10,1-1) fared even worse, shooting just 23 percent as it made 5 of 22 attempts.

    Steve Reynolds led four Western Michigan players in double figures with 20 points. Robby Collum had 13 points, Reggie Berry added 12 and Jon Powell scored 10.

    Akron Rallies For 75-65 OT Win Over Buffalo

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Nate Schindewolf scored 24 points as Akron came back from an 11-point deficit to beat Buffalo 75-65 in overtime on Wednesday (Jan. 3).

    Akron, which trailed 56-45 with 9:04 left in the second half, held the Bulls (2-7, 0-2 Mid-American Conference) to only one field goal the rest of the game, including overtime.

    The Zips (4-6, 1-0), outscored Buffalo 12-4 in overtime, as the Bulls missed their five field goal attempts.

    Buffalo led 61-55 with 2:28 left, but Akron scored the last six points in regulation.

    The Zips tied the game as Rashon Brown stole the ball from Luis Campbell and scored on a goaltending call.

    Jason Robinson led Buffalo with 20 points and seven rebounds. Damion Brown had 17 points for Buffalo.

    Bruce Weinkein scored 14 points for Akron.

    Kent State Handles Eastern Michigan, 70-57

    KENT, Ohio (AP) - Demetric Shaw scored 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as Kent State beat Eastern Michigan, 70-57, on Wednesday night (Jan. 3) in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.

    Shaw, who came off the bench and played 35 minutes, was 3-for-10 from the floor, 7-for-7 from the free-throw line and had three assists.

    Andrew Mitchell had 13 points for Kent State (8-4) and Kyrem Massey had 12.

    Eastern Michigan (2-8) was led by Ricky Cottrill's 14 points. Shamar Herron had 13.

    Kent State, which led 32-30 at halftime, widened its lead to 43-34 with 12:39 left to play on Bryan Bedford's layup.

    The Eagles then went on a 12-4 run to get within 47-46 with 7:43 left as Ryan Hopkins and Cottrill scored back-to-back baskets.

    Mitchell ended the threat by starting a 15-6 run, including 13 free-throws, that began and ended with a pair of free throws by him to put Kent State ahead 62-52 with 51 seconds to play.

    Eastern Michigan outshot Kent State from the floor 42 percent to 37 percent and made 23 baskets to 21 for Kent State. Kent State went to the three throw line 30 times, making 26, and the Eagles were 7-for-14.

    Ohio Knocks Off Ball State, 68-58, For Season's First Conference Win

    MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) (Jan. 3) - Anthony Jones scored 17 points to lead Ohio University to a 68-58 win over Ball State on Wednesday night (Jan. 3).

    Brandon Hunter added 16 points and Patrick Flomo had 10 points and seven rebounds for Ohio (6-5, 1-1 Mid-American Conference).

    Hunter scored 14 points in the first half, on 7-of-9 shooting, as Ohio built a 40-30 halftime lead over the Cardinals (5-5, 0-1).

    The Bobcats shot 51.4 percent in the first half while holding Ball State to 11-of-31 (35.5 percent) from the floor.

    Hunter's layup with 11:28 to go in the first half gave Ohio a 15-14 lead.

    Ball State trailed the rest of the game. The Cardinals pulled within 6 at 45-39 with 14:36 to play in the second half. But a 15-4 Ohio run over the next 7:17 effectively put the game away.

    Cedric Moodie led Ball State with 18 points. Patrick Jackson added 13 points for the Cardinals.

    Bowling Green Tops Northern Illinois, 78-67

    DeKALB, Ill. (AP) - Keith McLeod scored 22 points as Bowling Green beat Northern Illinois, 78-67, on Wednesday night (Jan. 3).

    Northern Illinois led 37-33 at the half, but Bowling Green outscored the Huskies 45-30 in the second half as they shot 14-of-23 from the field. Bowling Green (5-5, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) got help from Trent Jackson with 18 points and Brandon Pardon with 16. Len Matela had seven points and 14 rebounds.

    Northern Illinois (1-9, 0-1) was led by Leon Rodgers with 18 points and Mike Brown with 14.The Huskies shot 39 percent for the game.

    Toledo Knocks Off Miami, 76-67

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Greg Stempin and Terry Reynolds each scored 17 points as Toledo beat Miami University, 76-62, in the conference opener for both teams on Wednesday (Jan. 3).

    Stempin made 5-of-7 3-pointers including one that gave the Rockets an early 5-0 lead. Reynolds added eight assists. Rory Jones came off the bench to score 12 points and Nick Moore made three 3-pointers for 11 points for the Rockets (9-3, 1-0 in the Mid-American Conference).

    A free throw by Doug Davis brought Miami to within 28-26 with seven minutes left in the first half, but Toledo went on a 16-5 run including two 3-pointers by Stempin to take a 44-31 halftime lead.

    Alex Shorts led the RedHawks shooting 7-of-11 from the field for 18 points. Jason Grunkemeyer came of the bench and made 4-of-5 shots from the field, including two 3-pointers for 10 points for Miami (4-8, 0-1)

    Miami outrebounded Toledo 36-24, but the Rockets made twice as many free throws 16-8.