Men's Hoops Roundup: Tuesday, January 9

Updated 1/9/2001
  • Akron 79, Western Michigan 64
  • West Virginia 73, Marshall 67

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    Schindewolf Leads Zips Over Western Michigan, 79-64

    Akron's Nate Schindewolf scored 25 points including going 17-18 from the free throw line in the 79-64 win over Western Michigan.
    AKRON (AP) -- Nate Schindewolf scored 25 points, including 17-for-18 from the free-throw line, as Akron beat Western Michigan 79-64 Wednesday night in Mid-American Conference action.

    Rashon Brown had 19 points and Bruce Weinkein and Emmanuel Smith added 10 apiece for Akron (5-7 overall, 2-1 MAC).

    Western Michigan (1-12 and 1-3), which lost its fifth straight under first-year coach Robert McCullum, was led by Steve Reynolds' 19 points. Jon Powell had 16 and Taylor Bro had 12.

    The Zips broke a 17-17 tie with Larry Penn's dunk midway through the first half to take the lead for good and kick off a 12-2 run capped by four straight Schindewolf free throws to make it 29-19 with 6:09 left.

    The Broncos, who trailed 38-25 at halftime, got within 38-31 on a 3-pointer by Reynolds with 18:16 left. Schindewolf responded with a 3-pointer and Powell had a jumper to make it 41-33, but that was the closest Western Michigan got.

    The Zips stretched the lead to 54-37 with 11:45 left on a steal and back-to-back baskets by Brown and Matt Seibert.

    Marshall Falls to West Virginia, 79-64

    Marshall's Tamar Slay (1) is covered up by West Virginia's Jay Hewitt at the Capitol Classic.
    (AP Photo/Bob Bird)
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Marshall could only marvel at the work of Calvin Bowman.

    Latece Williams couldn't cover him. J.R. VanHoose found it hard to stop him.

    Bowman had 20 points and 17 rebounds Tuesday night and West Virginia led the entire way in beating cross-state rival Marshall for the fifth straight time, 73-67.

    Lionel Armstead, the hero of the last two Mountaineer wins over Marshall, also scored 20 points. Josh Yeager added 15.

    With four starters back, this was supposed to be the best Marshall team to play West Virginia in many years.

    Instead, the Thundering Herd - the preseason favorite to win the Mid-American Conference - was handed its ninth loss in the last 10 meetings in the series.

    Marshall (8-3) never led in the game and shot a season-low 31 percent from the floor. Only one Herd player shot better than 50 percent from the floor. VanHoose hit 7-of-11 shots and finished with a team-high 18 points and 15 rebounds.

    Tamar Slay, the MAC's leading scorer, was double-teamed much of the night and made just 3-of-15 shots. He finished with 16 points, three below his average.

    Bowman set the pace from the onset with four baskets in the first five minutes and he didn't stop there. He scored his team's first six points after halftime as the Mountaineers led 44-32 two minutes into the second half.

    Still, as is typical of this series, Marshall made it interesting.

    After WVU's Jay Hewitt made consecutive baskets for a 59-50 lead midway through the second half, Slay and Burgess hit 3-pointers 14 seconds apart to cut the deficit to three.

    VanHoose later hit a free throw to bring the Thundering Herd within 65-63 with 4:37 left.

    Bowman made sure that was as close as Marshall got.

    Playing with four fouls, Bowman leaped over VanHoose to score off a rebound for a four-point lead with 3:12 left.

    Yeager hit a 3-pointer a minute later and Armstead scored WVU's final three points on free throws to secure the victory.

    Marshall scored just five points over the final 4:37.