Men's Hoops Roundup: Friday, Dec. 8

Updated 12/8/2000
  • Indiana 87, Western Michigan 59
  • Ball State 91, Texas Tech 71
  • St. Bonaventure 84, Toledo 67


    Western Michigan Falls to Indiana at Indiana Classic, 87-59

    Indiana's Kirk Haston is blocked by Western Michigan's Taylor Bro in the first half of an Indiana Classic basketball tourney game.
    (AP Photo/Chuck Robinson)
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Freshman guard Andre Owens scored a career-high 22 points Friday as he led Indiana to an 87-59 win against Western Michigan in the first round of the Indiana Classic.

    Owens entered the game with 12:38 remaining in the first half and made 19 points in his first seven minutes. The Hoosiers (5-3) led 17-8 around the 11-minute mark, when they began a 15-0 run.

    Owens, who contributed 10 of the run's 15 points, made two consecutive 3-pointers _ the second off an assist by sophomore guard Tom Coverdale.

    He then made a dunk off another Coverdale assist and when he came down from the shot, the Broncos' KC Cavette pushed Owens and was called for an intentional foul. Owens made both free throws, scoring a total of seven points in less than two minutes.

    The Hoosiers opened the game with a 12-3 run while the Broncos started with six turnovers in their first eight possessions.

    With 8:20 to go in the first half, all five Indiana starters were on the bench. At the half, the Hoosiers held a 43-26 edge.

    Junior forward Kirk Haston did not start for the second game in a row but contributed 11 points off the bench. With 8:33 left in the game, Haston drove in for a one-handed dunk that put the Hoosiers up 72-42.

    Four players scored double figures for Indiana in the second half. Coverdale, who scored 30 points against Notre Dame Tuesday, was held to six points. Junior forward Steve Reynolds led Western Michigan with 15 points.


    Theron Smith Scores 40 to Lead Ball State Past Texas Tech, 91-71

    Ball State's Theron Smith blocks a shot attempt by Texas Tech's Ronald Hobbs.
    (AP Photo/Chuck Robinson)
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) (Dec. 8) -- Ball State's Theron Smith scored 40 points to lead the Cardinals to a 91-71 win over Texas Tech in the first round of the Indiana Classic on Friday night.

    With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Smith was fouled by Texas Tech's Andy Ellis.

    He made both free throws and the second shot gave him 37 points - a new Indiana Classic record for individual points in a single game. The previous record was 36 points by Brian Rowson of UNC-Wilmington in 1986.

    Smith broke another Indiana Classic record for field goals, finishing 16-of-26 from the field. Rowson also held the previous record of 15.

    Smith sparked the Cardinals' offense in the first half with 22 points, six rebounds and three steals, making 9-of-14 from the field. He scored 16 of his points in the first 10 minutes of the game.

    Ball State (3-3) entered the half with a 56-40 lead and held Texas Tech to 17-of-34 from the field.

    The Red Raiders (3-3) closed the gap to 10 with about 13:30 remaining in the game, but Ball State went on a 6-0 run to extend its lead to 66-50.

    With about 2:30 to go, forward Jayson Mitchell made a layup to bring Texas Tech within nine, but that was as close as the Red Raiders would get. Ball State was 4-of-4 from the free throw line and Smith hit a three point shot, putting the Cardinals ahead 85-71.

    Andre Emmett led Texas Tech with 14 points.

    The Cardinals play Indiana on Saturday night after the consolation game between Western Michigan and Texas Tech.


    St. Bonaventure Tops Toledo, 84-67

    OLEAN, N.Y. (AP) (Dec. 8)-- Kevin Houston scored 20 points and had 8 rebounds as St. Bonaventure defeated previously unbeaten Toledo, 84-67, Friday night.

    Steals from Houston and J.R. Bremer led to an 8-2 lead in the first two minutes of play. With 5 minutes left, Houston took a pass from Vidal Massiah, drew the foul and converted the basket.

    "Toledo wasn't 5-0 for nothing, so I was a little shocked at the final score," Houston said. "The key for us was rebounding and defense."

    Toledo (5-1) had a 7-0 run and the first half saw six ties and nine lead changes before the Bonnies (6-1) closed the half ahead 41-34.

    Greg Stempin led the Rockets with 16 points.

    The Rockets had 21 turnovers.

    "We keyed on Stempin and their point guard and got them into foul trouble because we played aggressively," said St. Bonaventure coach Jim Baron. "We caused a lot of turnovers with our press and our cover down defense."