Men's Hoops Roundup: Saturday Jan. 6

Updated 1/6/2001
  • Central Michigan 92, Bowling Green 85
  • Toledo 89, Western Michigan 72
  • Miami 71, Marshall 54
  • Kent State 73, Akron 61
  • Ball State 69, Eastern Michigan 66
  • Northern Illinois 64, Buffalo 49


    Chippewas Snap Falcons' Home Winning Streak

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Jon Borovich scored the first five points and David Webber had the last four in a late 9-0 run as Central Michigan beat Bowling Green 92-85 Saturday to end the Falcons' 20-game home winning streak.

    Webber finished with 21 points and nine rebounds for the Chippewas (7-3, 1-0 Mid-American Conference). Chad Pleiness had 16 points, seven assists and eight rebounds and Chris Kaman had 14 points.

    Borovich had a perfect day on 4-of-4 shooting from the field including a pair of 3-pointers and 2-for-2 at the line to finish with 12 points. Luke Johnson also had 12 points.

    Central shot 56 percent from the field (29-52), 6-of-13 3-pointers (46 percent) and made 80 percent of its free throws (28 of 35).

    Keith McLeod scored 25 points, Brandon Pardon had 17 points and eight assists, Trent Jackson scored 11 points and Brent Klassen 10 for Bowling Green (5-6, 1-1). The Falcons' winning streak was the fifth longest in the nation.

    A free throw by Len Matela with 3:31 left gave Bowling Green an 80-79 lead, but the Chippewas took control by scoring the next nine points.

    Borovich hit a 3-pointer with 3:20 left and added a layup a minute later for an 84-80 lead. Webber then added a basket at the 2:06 mark and made two free throws over the next 66 seconds to put Central ahead 88-80 with 1 minute remaining.

    Cory Ryan's 3-pointer with 13 seconds left cut the lead to 90-85, but the Chippewas' Tim Kisner hit a pair of free throws to close the scoring.


    Rockets Corral Broncos, 89-72

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Greg Stempin had 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead Toledo past Western Michigan 89-72 on Saturday.

    Terry Reynolds scored 18 points with five assists, Nick Moore added 14 points, and Rory Jones had 14 off the bench for the Rockets (10-3, 2-0 Mid-American Conference), who outrebounded the Broncos 42-25.

    Reggie Berry scored 15 points, Terrance Slater 14 and Jon Powell and Taylor Bro 11 apiece for Western (1-11, 1-2).

    Stempin's first of four 3-pointers gave Toledo a 17-6 lead with 14:36 left in the first half. The second of two free throws by Bro gave the Broncos their only lead, 24-23, four minutes later. Moore's second of four 3-pointers put the Rockets ahead to stay, 26-24, with 10:16 left before halftime.

    Toledo led 45-33 at halftime and used 58-percent shooting in the second half to pad its lead to as many as 23.

    The Rockets finished 10-of-18 from 3-point range while Western was just 3-of-17 from beyond the arc.


    RedHawks Knock Off Marshall, 71-54

    OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Alex Shorts had 17 points and Jason Grunkemeyer had 16 to lead Miami, Ohio, to a 71-54 victory over Marshall on Saturday.

    Doug Davis added 13 and Julius Johnson 12 for Miami (5-8, 1-1 Mid-American Conference).

    Tamar Slay scored 15 for Marshall (8-2, 2-1), which had won seven straight. J.R. Vanhoose scored 13 and had 10 rebounds, and Joda Burgess had 12 points.

    Miami led 14-12 midway through the first half but took control with a 7-0 run that started with a three-point play by Mike Ensminger with 7:32 left. That gave the RedHawks a 13-point lead, and Miami led 35-16 at halftime as Marshall made just 5-of-22 field goal attempts and had 12 turnovers.

    Vanhoose hit a jumper to start the second half, and Latece Williams made a free throw to cut the Marshall deficit to 16 points, but that was as close as Marshall got.

    The win ended a four-game losing streak for Miami.


    Kent State Knocks Off Rival Akron, 73-61

    KENT, Ohio (AP) - Kyrem Massey scored 18 points, energizing a comeback in the second half to lead Kent State over rival Akron, 73-61, on Saturday (Jan. 6) in the Mid-American Conference.

    The Golden Flashes, 9-4 and 2-0 in the MAC, remained unbeaten in five home games this season. Trevor Huffman scored 16, Andrew Mitchell 15 and Demetric Shaw 13 in the balanced attack.

    After a hot first half, Akron (4-7, 1-1), which is playing the rest of the season without injured starting forward Andy Hipsher, shot 6-of-20 in the second half. David Falknor paced Akron with 15 points off the bench.

    Kent State made the contest look one-sided early, with Massey and Shaw producing an opening 8-0 run. But the Zips shot 61 percent, on 14-of-23 shooting, to lead 41-33 at the half.

    Huffman made two free throws with 8:46 left to put the Golden Flashes ahead 57-56. The Zips were without a basket the rest of the way, with their remaining five points coming on Rashon Brown foul shots.

    Massey's dunk with two minutes left followed by Mitchell's 3-pointer at 1:11 sealed the win.

    Kent State turned the ball over just nine times and has 21 offensive rebounds.


    Ball State Nips Eastern Michigan, 69-66

    YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) - Theron Smith had 23 points and 12 rebounds as Ball State defended a single-digit lead over the final 14:39 of a 69-66 win against Eastern Michigan on Saturday (Jan. 6).

    Josh Murray added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (6-5, 1-1 Mid-American). Cedric Moodie scored 11.

    Ricky Cottrill was 6-of-9 from 3-point range and led the Eagles (2-9, 0-2) with 23 points. C.J. Grantham had 19 points with four steals, and Tyson Radney hauled down 10 rebounds.

    Smith broke the fourth tie of the game with a layup that put Ball State ahead to stay, 26-24, with 2:46 left before halftime. The second of Smith's back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Cardinals their biggest lead, 46-35, with 15 minutes remaining.

    Grantham made two free throws that pulled Eastern to within one, 67-66, with 1:18 remaining. But the Eagles were forced to foul, and Ball State responded with one free throw each from Lonnie Jones and Moodie to close out the scoring.


    Northern Illinois Romps Past Buffalo, 64-49

    DeKALB, Ill. (AP) _ Mike Brown scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds in leading Northern Illinois to a 64-49 win over Buffalo on Saturday night.

    Brown completed 8-of-11 field goal attempts, including 5-of-6 from the arc, as the Huskies (2-9, 1-1) shot 51 percent from the field. Leon Rodgers added 14 points and Sean Ezell also chipped in 11 points for Northern. Matt Nelson and Brown each pulled down seven rebounds.

    Jason Robinson and Damien Foster scored 13 points apiece, with three 3-pointers each, for the Bulls (2-8, 0-3). Buffalo completed just 31 percent of its field goal attempts.

    Northern led 33-19 at the half.