Men's Hoops Roundup: Wednesday, Jan. 17

Updated 1/17/2001
  • Marshall 72, Miami 68
  • Akron 83, Bowling Green 80
  • Kent State 58, Buffalo 52
  • Ball State 52, Toledo 51
  • Central Michigan 75, Ohio 69
  • Northern Illinois 58, Eastern Michigan 52


    Slay's Three-Pointer Lifts Marshall Past Miami, 72-68

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    Marshall's J.R. VanHoose celebrates Marshall's 72-68 win over Marshall. (AP Photo/The Herald-Dispatch, Randy Snyder)

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Tamar Slay's three-pointer with 25 seconds left lifted Marshall to a 72-68 comeback victory over Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday night (Jan. 17).

    Slay, the Mid-American Conference's leading scorer, hit 6-of-11 3-pointers and finished with 24 points. He also was a hero on defense, blocking two shots in the final minute.

    Junior college transfer Latece Williams scored a career-high 20 points for Marshall (11-3, 5-1 MAC). J.R. VanHoose had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

    Jason Grunkemeyer led Miami (6-10, 2-3 MAC) with 22 points. Mike Ensminger scored 14 and Alex Shorts had 12.

    Miami shot a season-high 55 percent from the floor, including 69 percent in the first half for a 43-33 halftime lead.

    Slay scored seven points in a 21-5 run to start the second half to give the Thundering Herd a 54-48 lead with 12:13 remaining.

    Miami tied the score three times down the stretch but never retook the lead.

    After Grunkemeyer sank two free throws with 2:15 left to make the score 68-68, Slay blocked a shot with 52 seconds left to set up his game-winning 3-pointer. He then blocked a 3-point attempt by Grunkemeyer in the closing seconds.

    Travis Young, returning to action after missing seven games with a stress fracture in his right foot, put the game out of reach with a free throw with 1 second left.


    Brown, Falknor Lead Akron Past Bowling Green, 83-80

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    AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Rashon Brown scored 20 points and David Falknor came off the bench to add 19 as Akron beat Bowling Green, 83-80, on Wednesday night (Jan. 17) in Mid-American Conference action.

    Emmanuel Smith added 14 for the Zips (6-8 overall, 3-2 MAC).

    Bowling Green (6-8 and 2-3) was led by Len Matela's 19 points and 17 from Brandon Pardon.

    Akron, which trailed 31-27 at halftime, took the lead for the final time on Smith's jumper with 7:37 left to put the Zips ahead 54-53.

    Akron widened its lead to 75-66, its biggest of the game, as Brown hit four straight free throws and Nate Schindewolf, who finished with 10 points, hit a layup with 1:51 left.

    Schindewolf hit one of two free throws with 55 seconds left and again with six seconds to go to make it 82-77 and put the game out of reach.

    Pardon hit a 3-pointer with just over one second left to get Bowling Green within 82-80, but Bowling Green got a technical after trying for a time out it no longer had available. Falknor's shot make it 83-80.


    Kent State Defeats Buffalo, 58-52

    BUFFALO, N.Y. _Andrew Mitchell scored 17 points and Trevor Huffman had 16 as Kent State beat Buffalo 58-52 Wednesday night.

    Despite shooting 22 percent in the second half and getting outrebounded 38-23 in the game, the Golden Flashes hit 28-of-31 free throws to hold off the Bulls in the Mid-American Conference game.

    Kent State (11-5, 4-1 MAC) made only one field goal in the first 10 minutes and trailed by as much as 22-12 in the first half. But Kent State finished the first half on a 17-3 run to take a 29-25 halftime lead.

    Robert Brown led Buffalo (2-11, 0-6) with 18 points and 6-of-10 shooting. Nine different players scored for the Bulls.

    Kent's five starters combined to score all the team's points.


    Ball State Nips Toledo, 52-51

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) _ Patrick Jackson scored on a layup with 11 seconds left and Ball State hung on to beat Toledo 52-51 Wednesday night.

    The Rockets (12-4, 4-1 Mid-American Conference) went scoreless over the final 2:25, but had a chance to win in the closing seconds. After Jackson scored, Terry Reynolds drove down the lane, but couldn't get off a shot as the ball went out of bounds with three-tenths of a second to play.

    The officials couldn't decide if the ball went off Reynolds or a defender, so Toledo got the ball on the alternate possession rule. Rory Jones missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    The Cardinals (8-6, 3-2) rallied from a 50-45 deficit with 3:08 remaining. Theron Smith, who scored 18 points, hit a 3-pointer to pull Ball State within three points, and Josh Murray scored on a layup to make it 51-50.

    Ball State won despite hitting 32 percent (18-of-56) of its field-goal attempts. Murray had six points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals.

    Toledo was 21-of-60 (35 percent) from the floor, including only 3-of-22 on 3-pointers.

    Jones led Toledo with 15 points. Greg Stempin scored 12 points on 5-of-18 shooting, including 1-of-8 on 3s, and Robierre Cullars scored 11 for the Rockets.


    Central Michigan Downs Ohio, 75-69

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) - David Webber scored 24 points, including a three-pointer that put Central Michigan ahead for good with 1:54 left to play Wednesday night (Jan. 17), as the Chippewas beat Ohio, 75-69.

    Chad Pleiness added 13 points for Central (10-4, 4-1 Mid-American). Tim Kisner added 12.

    Steve Esterkamp came off the bench to score 18 points for the Bobcats (8-6, 3-2). Brandon Hunter had 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

    Two Webber free throws gave the Chippewas their biggest lead of the game, 36-28, with 2:01 left in the first half.

    Trailing 36-28 at the break, Ohio tied the score four times and took the lead three times in the second half. A Hunter layup and free throw with 2:13 remaining gave the Bobcats a 65-63 lead before Webber's 3-pointer put Central in front for good 19 seconds later.

    Webber hit another 3-pointer with 1:12 left - accounting for the Chippewas' only treys of the game. Kisner hit four free throws and Webber added two down the stretch for Central.


    Northern Illinois Tops Eastern Michigan, 58-52

    DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Leon Rodgers scored 21 points Wednesday to lead Northern Illinois to a 58-52 victory over Eastern Michigan in Mid-American Conference action.

    The game was close throughout, with the Huskies (3-11, 2-3) holding a 28-27 lead at the half despite better shooting from Eastern Illinois over the first 20 minutes.

    Eastern Michigan (2-12, 0-5) was led by Ryan Prillman and Mosi Barnes, who scored 14 points apiece.

    Mike Brown scored 18 points for Northern Illinois.