Men's Hoops Roundup: Saturday, Dec. 9

Updated 12/9/2000
  • Miami 73, Notre Dame 64
  • Bowling Green 107, Urbana 68
  • Central Michigan 74, Northern Iowa 66
  • Wisconsin 65, Ohio 46
  • Iona 70, Eastern Michigan 57
  • Texas Tech 68, Western Michigan 59
  • Alabama 73, Akron 59
  • Marshall 82, Niagara 70
  • Kent State 64, UW-Green Bay 47
  • Indiana 65, Ball State 50


    Miami forward Mike Ensminger (53) waves to the crowd following the Redhawks' 73-64 victory over Notre Dame. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)
    Miami Stuns No. 10 Notre Dame, 73-64

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) (Dec. 9) -- Mike Ensminger had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Alex Shorts added 16 points as Miami University controlled the boards to beat No. 10 Notre Dame 73-64 Saturday.

    The RedHawks (4-4) had a 44-26 rebounding advantage, repeatedly following misses with putback baskets. Miami had 18 offensive rebounds, with Ensminger and Rich Allendorf pulling down six each. The Irish (4-2), who lost their second straight, managed just eight offensive rebounds.

    The 64 points was the fewest scored this season by the Irish, who had been averaging 87 points a game.

    Miami, which upset Temple earlier this season, has held opponents to 68 points or less in every game this season.



    Bowling Green Blasts Urbana, 107-68

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Brandon Pardon scored a game-high 24 points and Josh Almanson and Len Matela scored 22 points apiece to lead Bowling Green past Urbana 107-68 Saturday.

    The three shot a blistering 75 percent from the field, 24-of-32, as the Falcons (3-2) extended their home winning streak to 19 games.

    As a team, Bowling Green made 64 percent of its shots, 37-of-58, while holding Urbana (4-7) to 40 percent, 20-of-50.

    Almanson was 8-of-11 and also a game-high nine rebounds. Matela was 8-of-10 and Pardon was 8-of-11, including 3-of-4 3-pointers.

    Bowling Green led 23-12 with 10:17 left in the half before Urbana went on a 13-2 run capped by Jarrod Brumbaugh's free throw with five minutes left in the half to tie the game at 25. The Falcons then went on a 21-10 run to finish the half and outscored Urbana 61-33 in the second half.

    Robin Sichina led Urbana with 14 points. Brian Wilson added 11.

    Kevin Netter had 18 points for Bowling Green.


    Central Michigan Holds off Northern Iowa, 74-66

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Chris Kaman scored 17 points off the bench as Central Michigan stifled Northern Iowa in the first half and finished with a 74-66 victory.

    The Chippewas (5-2) snapped their two-game losing skid by shooting 14-of-27 in the first half compared to the Panthers' 9-of-21. Northern (2-4) got back on pace in the second but couldn't make up its 37-26 halftime deficit.

    Central outrebounded the Panthers 29-27 and also led in blocks (8-0) and steals (9-2).

    Martin Coon had a game-high 21 points for Northern; Joe Breakenridge added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    Mike Manciel and David Webber each scored 15 points and Chad Pleiness added 14 for the Chippewas.


    Bobcats Shut Down by No. 17 Wisconsin, 65-46

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Roy Boone scored 17 points as No. 17 Wisconsin beat Ohio 65-46 on Saturday to improve to 3-0 under interim coach Brad Soderberg.

    Ohio's Dustin Ford (AP Photo)
    Soderberg took over the Badgers (5-1) when Dick Bennett retired three games into his sixth season at Wisconsin.

    Kirk Penney added 13 points, Mike Kelley had 10 and Andy Kowske had 11 rebounds for Wisconsin.

    Anthony Jones led Ohio (2-2) with 11 points, and Dustin Ford and Steve Esterkamp added 10 points each. The Bobcats were coming off a 90-71 loss to No. 16 Virginia on Wednesday night.

    Boone scored 13 points in the first half to help the Badgers build a 31-23 lead. Wisconsin jumped out to a 13-1 lead as Ohio went nearly six minutes without a field goal.

    The Bobcats eventually warmed up and chipped away at the lead, pulling to 27-23 on Esterkamp's 3-pointer.

    That was as close as Ohio would get as the Bobcats shot just 28 percent in the second half. Ohio, which came in averaging just under 80 points, shot a season-low 33 percent for the game.


    Iona Downs Eastern Michigan, 70-57, at Marshall Tournament

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Nakiea Miller scored 18 points as Iona beat Eastern Michigan 70-57 Saturday.

    Miller scored four points during a 9-2 run to start the second half as Iona (5-2) built a 38-30 lead with 17:01 remaining in the first game of the Marshall Memorial Classic.

    Eastern Michigan (1-5) got as close as 49-46 with 6:50 left on a basket by Melvin Hicks, but Iona put the game away with an 11-0 run over the next two minutes.

    Miller injured his left hand in a fall with two minutes left in the game and did not return. The injury did not appear to be serious.

    Miller, who averages 18.2 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.2 blocked shots per game, was held below 10 rebounds for the first time this season. He had seven Saturday.

    Eastern Michigan grabbed more rebounds (39-34) and made more free throws (12-9) than Iona but turned the ball over 25 times.

    Iona, the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion, had a season-high 12 steals, five from Maceo Wofford, who also had 11 points.

    Freshman Ricky Cottrill led Eastern Michigan with 16 points and Hicks had 12.


    Texas Tech Keeps Western Michigan Reeling, 68-59

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Cliff Owens and Jayson Mitchell each scored 16 points Saturday as Texas Tech handed Western Michigan its seventh straight loss, 68-59, in the consolation game of the Indiana Classic.

    There were four lead exchanges in the final six minutes of the game before the Red Raiders (4-3) broke out of a 55-54 deficit with a 7-1 run.

    Texas Tech's man-to-man defense held Western Michigan (0-7) to 20-of-56 from the field and 5-of-19 from behind the arc.

    Jon Powell hit a 3-pointer with 12:35 to go to give the Broncos a 42-40 edge, but Texas Tech went on an 8-1 run to move ahead 48-43.

    Western Michigan tied it at 48 with less than seven minutes to go, but center Andy Ellis scored four points to put the Red Raiders up 52-51.

    After Ellis fouled out, the Broncos' Steve Reynolds made four straight free throws to give Western Michigan their last lead of the game.

    Reynolds, who led the Broncos with 19 points, hit a jumper with three seconds remaining in the first half to tie it at 31 at the half.


    Alabama's Gerald Wallace, center, fights for the ball against Akron's David Falknor.
    (AP Photo/Montogmery Advertiser, Todd J. Van Emst)
    Alabama Rolls Past Akron, 73-59

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Freshman reserve Gerald Wallace scored 26 points and had six rebounds as No. 23 Alabama defeated Akron 73-59 in the Arby's Hardwood Classic on Saturday (Dec. 9).

    Akron (2-3) stayed close for much of the game, as Alabama's lead was only 46-41 with 13:08 to play, when the Tide (6-0) went on a 21-4 run. Terrance Meade hit a jump shot from the right corner with five minutes left to put Alabama ahead 67-45.

    Meade and Rod Grizzard each scored 11 points for Alabama.

    David Falknor and Larry Penn, who each scored 10 for the Zips.

    Alabama's victory was tempered by news that 6-foot-11 senior center Jeremy Hays may have played his last game. Hays missed most of last season with an injured knee and attempted a comeback this season, but has played sparingly.

    Hays did not dress for Saturday's game and coach Mark Gottfried said Hays feels he is not improving.

    ``It's frustrating for him. It looks like he's leaving the team,'' Gottfried said.


    Marshall's J.R. VanHoose reaches for a rebound against Niagara.
    (AP Photo/The Herald-Disapatch, Randy Snyder)

    Marshall Cruises Past Niagara, 82-70

    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - J.R. VanHoose had 20 points and 12 rebounds as Marshall defeated Niagara, 82-70, on Saturday night (Dec. 9) in the Marshall Memorial Classic.

    Marshall (4-1) took the lead for good, 47-46, on two VanHoose free throws with 13:08 remaining to start an 18-8 run. Tamar Slay scored seven of his 20 points during the run as Marshall extended its lead to 63-54 with 6:21 left.

    Niagara (4-4) got no closer than six points the rest of the way. Marshall closed the game with a 10-4 run.

    Marshall was outrebounded for the fourth consecutive game and struggled in the first half, making just 34 percent of its field goals. But the Thundering Herd committed just eight turnovers and won the game at the free throw line, outscoring Niagara 26-8.

    Demond Stewart led Niagara with 20 points. Michael Schmidt had 17.

    Cornelius Jackson added 14 points for Marshall and Travis Young had 12.


    Kent State Defeats UW-Green Bay, 64-47

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Kyrem Massey scored 26 points to lead Kent State to a 64-47 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday (Dec. 9).

    Kent State (5-2) also got 15 points from Trevor Huffman and 11 from Andrew Mitchell, while holding the Phoenix (3-5) to 37.5 percent shooting from the field (15-of-40). The Golden Flashes made 52 percent (26-of-50) from the field.

    Chris Sager had 11 points and Derek Scheidt and Chancellor Collins added 10 each for the Phoenix.

    Massey made 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range.


    Ball State guard Billy Lynch brings the ball up against Indiana.
    (AP Photo/Chuck Robinson)

    Ball State Falls To Indiana, 65-50

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Kirk Haston came off the bench to score 14 points and grab eight rebounds as Indiana defeated Ball State, 65-50, on Saturday (Dec. 9) in the championship game of the Indiana Classic.

    Haston watched from the bench as the Cardinals built an eight-point lead during the first seven minutes. But once he entered the game, Ball State (3-4) struggled to score, and Indiana started making its shots.

    Two of Haston's points came when Ball State's Robert Owens accidentally tipped in a miss by Haston while battling with a teammate for a rebound.

    With Haston's help, Indiana (6-3) used a 22-4 run to build a 10-point lead. Haston scored seven points during the Hoosiers' first half run, which lasted seven minutes, en route to 10 first-half points.

    Forward Jeff Newton extended Indiana's lead to 12 points _ the largest lead of the half _ with a layup with 1:56 remaining that made it 32-20. The Hoosiers led 34-24 at the half.

    Tom Coverdale dished out seven assists in the half, and finished the night with 10 assists and seven points. Tournament MVP Kyle Hornsby led the Hoosiers with 16 points, including four 3-pointers.

    Indiana went on a 17-4 run to open the second half and give the Hoosiers a 23-point edge, 51-28, with 13:17 remaining.

    Lonnie Jones led the Cardinals with 14 points.

    The win extends the Hoosiers' Indiana Classic record to 53-1 and gives them their 25th championship in 26 years. Indiana State defeated the Hoosiers 63-60 in last season's championship game.