Thursday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Miami 73, William & Mary 69
Kent State 69, Arkansas State 54
VCU 76, Akron 75 (OT)
Santa Clara 75, Eastern Michigan 55
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Miami 73, William & Mary 69
OXFORD, Ohio -- Josh Sewell hit a three-pointer with less than 18 seconds remaining, lifting Miami to a 73-69 victory over William & Mary Thursday night at Millett Hall. Sewell's bomb from the right corner reversed a 71-69 deficit and handed Charlie Coles his 350th career win at Miami.
Sewell finished with 18 points and five rebounds, while Quinten Rollins added a career-best 18 points. Julian Mavunga chipped in 16 points and a team-best seven rebounds.
Mason, Ohio, native Quinn McDowell, making a homecoming of sorts, led all scorers with 20 points to lead four William & Mary players in double figures. Kendrix Brown grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Tribe (2-11) hold a 32-31 advantage in that category.
Miami used its highest-scoring first half of the season to race to a 37-30 lead. The RedHawks (4-7) tallied the first seven points of the game on two Mavunga free throws, a layup by Rollins and a conventional three-point play by Sewell. After the Tribe tallied five straight points to start a 7-1 run that made the score 8-7, the RedHawks used a 10-2 spurt to open an 18-9 lead at the 11:37 mark. The advantage reached 10 points three times during the period -- the last at 34-24 with 2:22 to play -- before finishing at seven.
The Tribe came out of the locker room strong, opening with nine straight points to grab its first lead, 39-37. Quinn McDowell had the first seven of those, with Rusthoven putting W&M ahead. The teams traded baskets and then three-pointers to make the score 42-42 before Marcus Thornton tallied five straight to give W&M another lead. The Tribe reached its biggest margin, 53-47 with 9:57 remaining before Miami answered.
A three by Sewell and a layup by Mavunga closed the gap to one, 53-52, with 7:56 remaining. After each team added two points, Rollins hit a three to put Miami back in front, 57-55 with 6:37 to play. The RedHawks went up five with 3:55 left, but Rusthoven converted a layup and free throw to retie the game at 68-68 with 1:44 left.
Miami missed a three on its next possession and a foul sent McDowell to the line for two, but the senior made only the second of his two tosses for a 69-68 lead with 49 seconds left, setting up Sewell's heroics. The shot by Sewell came after Brian Sullivan's attempt from the opposite corner sailed over the rim. Rollins iced the victory with a pair of free throws with 0.3 seconds left.
William and Mary shot 51.0 percent from the field overall, including 64.0 percent after intermission, while Miami hit just 40.0 percent in both halves. However, the RedHawks converted 21 of 26 free throws and had a season-low seven turnovers.
Miami returns to action Monday night when it travels to Vanderbilt. Tipoff in Nashville is set for 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET).
Kent State 69, Arkansas State 54
JONESBORO, Ark. – A little rest during the holiday season was just what the doctor ordered for the Golden Flashes. Returning to action for the first time in seven days, Kent State (9-3) had its most impressive first half of the season on the way to a 69-54 win at host Arkansas State (6-8) Thursday night at the ASU Convocation Center.
Junior guard Randal Holt (Cleveland, Ohio) scored a game high 17 points and added three assists for the Golden Flashes which shot a season best 55.6 percent (15-26) in the first half building a 40-20 lead that was more than enough to earn the team its sixth win in the month of December. Finishing with 11 points, senior guard Carlton Guyton (Chicago, Ill.) was the only other player in double figures for a balanced Kent State offense in which 10 different players scored. Guyton also equaled a career best seven rebounds, plus had five assists and three steals.
“Basketball is one of the games when some days you have it and some days you don’t.” said Kent State Head Coach Rob Senderoff, whose team improved to 4-1 in true road games this season. “Our kids are used to winning and they came in with a purpose and not caring about who did what, just caring about us as a team.”
For the first time all season the Golden Flashes led from start to finish after hitting on six of their first nine shots for a 14-6 lead in the first seven minutes of the game. But the offense wasn’t the only thing clicking for Kent State. Up against a stingy Golden Flashes defense the RedWolves were limited to only 27.6 percent (8-29) shooting in the first half which included a 1-8 performance from beyond the arc.
“We needed to find a way to stop our two game losing streak and by doing that we had a lot of individual guys play well and most of that started on defensive end,” said Senderoff.
In addition to the 55.6 percent first half shooting effort, freshman Devareaux Manley (Oakland, Calif.) led a 5-10 Kent State showing from three hitting 3-5 himself, including two in the final 47 seconds as the Golden Flashes closed out the half with a 13-3 run in the last six minutes. Manley ended the game equaling a career best nine points for a second straight contest.
Kent State committed only eight turnovers for the second game in a row while forcing 12 from Arkansas State that led to a 17-6 advantage in points off turnovers for the Golden Flashes.
“It was important win for us to get back on track.” said Kent State Head Coach Rob Senderoff. “The last couple of days in practice all we worked on was defense and tonight we did a great job defensively. Arkansas State is a good team so I was surprised we were able to beat them as handily as we did. They are physical and tough to score on, but we got a couple of shots that went in early and that really helped us a lot.”
Kent State returns home on Jan. 2 to face Shawnee State in the final non-conference game before MAC play begins on Saturday, January 7 at Buffalo.
VCU 76, Akron 75 (OT)
AKRON, Ohio – Darius Theus' lay-up with under three seconds to play in overtime pushed visiting Virginia Commonwealth to a 76-75 win over Akron Thursday night at James A. Rhodes Arena in front of a crowd of 3,993.
The game featured 14 lead changes and 10 tie scores as VCU fought back from 12 down in the second half to take the win. Akron shot well all night, finishing the game 26-of-56 (.464) from the field and 10-of-20 (.500) from behind the arc. The Rams were granted 12 more free throws than the Zips, making 21-of-31 from the stripe. UA converted 13-of-19 from the line.
Senior Nikola Cvetinovic led Akron (7-6) with a season-high 21 points and seven rebounds. Cvetinovic was 8-of-12 from the field in the game. Brian Walsh and Alex Abreu each scored 11. Zeke Marshall finished the game with 10 points and six blocks.
Bradfurd Burgess scored 19 points for VCU (10-3). Rob Brandenburg and Briante Weber each scored 11 for the Rams.
Brandenburg opened the scoring in OT with a long jumper that just beat the shot clock. A free throw by Cvetinovic and two free throws by Marshall gave the Zips a 73-72 lead. VCU then retook a one-point margin on a tip-in by D.J. Haley. After Akron forced a VCU turnover, Marshall was fouled under the hoop and made both freebies, once again giving Akron the lead, 75-74. Theus then scored the game-winner on a lay-up from the baseline with less than three seconds to play.
Walsh nailed a pair of quick threes as the teams played to an early 8-8 tie. A pair of free throws by Burgess, a trey by Treveon Graham, and a jumper by Theus then built a VCU lead at 15-8.
Akron answered with a 9-0 run sparked by back-to-back inside buckets by Cvetinovic and a kick-out three from Abreu. The tandem teamed up to cap the run with Abreu dishing to Cvetinovic for another inside score to give the Zips a 17-15 lead with 10:15 to play in the half.
UA continued to surge with Abreu dropping in a fast break lay-up and Demetrius Treadwell sinking a jump hook from the baseline to push the lead to 21-16. The Rams scored seven of the next nine points to knot the game again, 23-23. Teddy Okerafor's fast break lay-up gave VCU a 27-25 lead, but Walsh struck again – this time from the left corner – to regain the UA advantage.
A drive and hoop by Brett McClanahan and a pair of buckets by Nick Harney pushed the UA lead back out to five and the Zips took a 36-32 lead into the half. The Zips shot well from the field, converting 15-of-29 (.517) shots, and dominated the glass 20-12 in the half. Walsh and Cvetinovic were both in double-figures by the horn with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Two Cvetinovic free throws and a Zeke Marshall lay-up pushed the lead to eight in the first minute of the second half. The Rams closed to within two, 40-38, before back-to-back trifectas by Chauncey Gilliam and Abreu restored the lead to eight and forced a VCU timeout. Another Cvetinovic runner pushed the Zip lead to 10, 48-38.
After four VCU free throws, McClanahan nailed a three from the wing and was fouled in the process. The junior from Nitro, W.Va., converted the free throw to complete the four-point play. Quincy Diggs then dropped in a lay-up to take the lead to 12, 54-42.
VCU responded with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to four with 10:34 to play. Cvetinovic's wide open three from the top of the key momentarily stalled the Ram spurt. VCU would score the next seven points, tying the game, 57-57, on Burgess jumper with 8:24 to play.
The Zips found the answer once again, with Abreu and Diggs sinking back-to-back threes to push the UA lead back to six. VCU would once again tie up the game, 65-65, on the strength of a Brandenburg 3-pointer and a Juvonte Reddic bucket in the paint with 3:40 to play. The Rams would grab their first lead since 4:52 in the first half on a Burgess trey from the corner with 2:34 to play.
Akron once again went to Cvetinovic who converted an old-fashioned three-point play to again knot the score, 68-68. Cvetinovic then blocked a Darius Theus lay-up and Diggs put in a jumper from the right block and was fouled with 35 seconds on the clock. Diggs missed the ensuing free throw and Cvetinovic was whistled for an over the back foul to send Graham to the line. Graham was true on both free throws to once again tie the score, 70-70. Cvetinovic's contested jumper at the buzzer was off the mark, sending the game into overtime.
The Zips open the new year on Jan. 1 in Huntington, W.Va., when they face Marshall at 4 p.m. ET.
Santa Clara 75, Eastern Michigan 55
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (EMUEagles.com) — The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team once again fell behind early and could not make up the difference in a 75-55 loss to the Santa Clara University Broncos here Thursday, Dec. 29, on the first day of the Cable Car Classic in SCU's home court, the Leavey Center.
Eastern will meet Air Force in the consolation game of the Cable Car Classic Friday, Dec. 30, at 6 p.m. PST here in Leavey Center while Santa Clara will square off against Wagner in the championship tilt at 8:15 p.m. Wagner recorded a 72-61win over Air Force in the first game Friday.
The Eagles, now 5-8 on the season, were led by senior guard Darrell Lampley (Linden, N.J.-Linden-Lakeland C.C.) with 14 while redshirt sophomore J.R. Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind.-Snider) added 10 points. Junior center Matt Balkema (Warren, Mich.-Cousino) scored nine points for EMU.
Eastern shot just 36.4 percent from the field, making 20-of-53 attempts while the home squad was connecting at a 52.2 percent clip, making 24-of-46 field-goal attempts. The Broncos were also 8-of-18 from beyond the arc to Eastern's 5-of-16. Santa Clara held a decisive 39-24 advantage on the boards.
Santa Clara, now 8-4 on the year, was led by junior guard Kevin Foster who poured in 25 points to lead all scorers. Niyi Harrison added 13 for the Broncos.
The home team raced out to a 10-2 lead in the early going with EMU's lone bucket coming on a dunk by sophomore center Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich.-Country Day-Syracuse) at the 18:10 mark.
The Eagles would chip away at that deficit, cutting it to three, 13-10, on a layup by redshirt sophomore Austin Harper (Grand Haven, Mich.-Grand Haven-Glen Oaks C.C.) with 10:21 left in the first half.
The Broncos would rally from that point, increasing its lead to 13, 23-10, with 3:55 left on a layup by Foster. but the Eagles fought backto cut it to seven at the half, 25-18, after out-scoring the Broncos, 8-2 over the final 1:19. The big bucket in that stretch came on a lone three from the top of the circle by Lampley.
Eastern would finish the first half shooting 28 percent, making just 7-of-25 attempts while Santa Clara would shoot at a 45.0 percent clip, making 9-of-20. Santa Clara won the first-half board battle, 18-11.
Santa Clara would come out of intermission on fire, hitting the first seven points for a 32-18 lead before senior guard Quintin Dailey (Las Vegas, Nev.-Bishop Gorman-Sheridan C.C.) quieted that run on a tip.
The Eagles would creep as close as 11 points, 36-25, on a three from Lampley with 14:07 left in the contest, but the home squad would boost its margin back up to 15 midway through the half and would continue to build on that advantage the remainder of the game for the victory.