Wednesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Ohio 72, Bowling Green 59
Akron 74, Miami 59
Toledo 63, Ball State 55
Western Michigan 78, Northern Illinois 53
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Ohio 72, Bowling Green 59
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's basketball team (20-6; 8-4 MAC) limited Bowling Green State University to just one field goal in the final six minutes of the game as it went on to a 72-59 victory over the Falcons Wednesday night at the Convocation Center. The Bobcats' victory was their 20th win on the year.
The victory also snapped Ohio's two-game losing streak and improved the Bobcats' home record to 14-1 overall and 7-0 in MAC play.
Junior point guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) led Ohio scoring a game and season-high 22 points. He also tallied five rebounds. Sophomore Jon Smith (Columbus, Ohio) added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds (seven on the offensive glass) and junior forward Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.) scored eight points and pulled in eight rebounds.
BGSU's Scott Thomas led the Falcons scoring 17 points and pulling in five rebounds. Dee Brown added 15 points and Jordon Crawford scored 11 points.
The Bobcats shot 44.6 percent from the field and out-rebounded Bowling Green 43-26 (17-7 on the offensive glass). On the defensive end, Ohio held the Falcons to just 22 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Ohio opened the game by taking an 18-8 lead at the 12:05 mark of the first half. The Bobcats were led by freshman point guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) and freshman forward TyQuane Goard (Charleston, W. Va.), who each scored four points during the run. Bowling Green answered going on an 18-10 run to end the first half cutting the Bobcats lead to just 28-26 at half.
Baltic led the Bobcats in scoring at half time recording six points. Cooper added five points and Smith contributed five points and five rebounds. Ohio shot 42.3 percent from the field in the first half and out-rebounded Bowling Green 20-14.
Ohio also benefited from a 14-3 edge in bench scoring. On the defensive end, the Bobcats held the Falcons to just 14.3 percent shooting from 3-point range.
Thomas led all scorers at halftime, recording 12 points for the Falcons. Thomas also led the team in rebounding at the half with four. Crawford contributed six points in the first 20 minutes for Bowling Green.
The Bobcats opened up the second half on a 10-0 run, pushing its lead to 38-26 with 14:45 remaining in the game which was their largest lead of the game at the time. Key contributors for the Bobcats during the run were junior guard Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) who scored four points and sophomore guard Ricardo Johnson (Covington, Ky.) who added three.
The Falcons answered going on a 20-10 run of its own cutting the Bobcats lead to just 48-46. The charge was lead by Crawford, Brown and Craig Sealey, with each scoring five points. Bowling Green continued its run and re-claimed the lead 53-52 with just over six minutes remaining in the game (first lead since the 16:08 mark in the first half).
Ohio answered going on a 19-7 run to finish the game. Cooper led the charge scoring 12 points to close out the game.
Cooper led the Bobcats in scoring in the second half, scoring 17 of his 22 points (12 in the final six minutes of the game). Offutt chipped in seven points and Johnson contributed six points. Ohio shot 46.7 percent from the field in the second half.
Brown led the Falcons in scoring in the final 20 minutes with 12 points. Bowling Green shot 38.5 percent from the field in the second half.
Akron 74, Miami 59
AKRON, Ohio – Chauncey Gilliam finished with 14 points to help Akron to a 74-59 win over Miami (Ohio) in a matchup between Mid-American Conference East Division foes on Wednesday night at Rhodes Arena.
Gilliam, who went 5-of-8 from the field for the game and scored of his 10 points in the first half, was one of two Akron (19-7, 11-1 MAC) players to finish with double-figure points. Demetrius Treadwell tallied 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with a game-high eight rebounds for the Zips, while Zeke Marshall had nine points, seven rebounds and one blocked shot for UA.
Brian Sullivan paced four Miami (8-16, 4-8 MAC) players in double-digit points with 19 in 40 minutes of work.
Akron came out of the locker room on fire, hitting 4-of-6 shots to open the half. The quick start gave the Zips a 46-35 lead by the 15:26 mark. The 13-2 run was sparked by five Miami turnovers.
The Zips kept the pressure on the visiting RedHawks, not allowing the lead to dip below six points before pushing it back to 13 (53-40) with 9:29 left in the game. MU was able to cut the lead to eight (55-47) with 7:23 to go, but the Zips’ defense held strong. Akron regained a double-digit advantage 59-47 with 5:08 left on the clock.
With Akron trailing 6-3 (16:21), the Zips used an 8-0 run to open up an 11-6 advantage. Entering the game off the bench, Treadwell gave the UA offense some energy by scoring six-straight points over a two-minute span to push Akron’s lead to 17-10 (11:58).
Miami was able to hang around, hitting four of its first seven 3-pointers to remain two-back (20-18) of Akron with 10:06 remaining in the half. Nick Harney gave the Zips a 24-18 lead with 8:48 left before the intermission before the RedHawks rattled off 10-straight points to take a 28-24 lead (5:19).
Quincy Diggs regained the lead for the Zips with a steal and layup with 3:36 left thanks to a nifty wrap-around move at the rim to open up some space. The lead would be short-lived but Gilliam would tie the game with 1:34 to go to send the teams to the locker room knotted at 33-all.
Treadwell pitched in nine points and four boards in the opening stanza.
The Zips will take the weekend off from conference play to head to Tulsa, Okla., to face Oral Roberts in the 2012 Sears BracketBusters event. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET and the contest will air live on ESPN2.
Toledo 63, Ball State 55
MUNCIE, IN – Red-hot three-point shooting for a second-straight game propelled Toledo to a 63-55 road triumph over Ball State on Wednesday evening. The victory came in a building the Rockets haven’t had much success as it was only their fourth in 22 contests inside Worthen Arena.
More importantly, the victory put UT (12-14, 4-8 MAC) into a third-place tie in the West Division with the Cardinals (12-12, 4-8 MAC), who have now lost seven-straight games. Toledo, which will play three of its final four conference contests at home, trails first-place Eastern Michigan (11-15, 6-6 MAC) by two games and Western Michigan (11-15, 5-7 MAC) by one game.
Junior G Curtis Dennis came off the bench to spark the Rockets with a team-high 17 points, knocking down 4-of-6 treys. Junior G Dominique Buckley joined him as part of UT’s three-point arsenal, hitting 3-of-4 threes en route to 11 points. Freshman G Julius Brown also was in double figures with 10 points and also dished out a game-high five assists.
Toledo posted a scorching 70.6 three-point field-goal percentage (12-of-17), marking the first time since Dec. 14, 2002 that UT has topped 70 percent from downtown. UT also had 12 three-pointers (in 19 attempts) in Saturday’s loss at Bowling Green.
Toledo shot 52.8 percent overall for the game and held Ball State to a 30.8 FG%. The Cardinals were able to stay in the game primarily due to a 46-30 rebounding advantage that included 24 boards on the offensive glass.
“It was a complete team effort for us tonight,” Toledo Head Coach Tod Kowalczyk said. “We guarded well and limited a good offensive team to 30 percent shooting. We have a fun team to coach that’s buying in and gaining confidence. We’re getting better and that’s what you want to happen at this time of year.”
The Rockets held a 22-21 halftime lead and grabbed control of the contest midway through the second stanza when Dennis knocked down three straight bombs for a 39-31 lead with 12:19 remaining.
“I started feeling it after I hit my second one,” Dennis said. “We spaced out a little more in the second half, and Reese (Holliday) did a good job of finding our shooters on the perimeter.”
Buckley then got into the act by hitting back-to-back threes to give the Rockets their first double-digit advantage, 45-34, at the 9:34 mark.
UT was able to maintain control the rest of the way, and the closest the Cardinals came down the stretch was within five points on two occasions in the final two minutes.
Toledo will conclude its three-game road stretch with a trip to Huntsville, TX to face Sam Houston State. Tip-off time is set for 2:00 p.m. CT.
Western Michigan 78, Northern Illinois 53
DeKALB, Ill. - The Western Michigan men's basketball team was absolutely on fire from beyond the three-point arc, and the Broncos ran away with it in a 78-53 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies at the NIU Convocation Center. With the win, the Broncos improve to 11-15 on the season, 5-7 in the Mid-American Conference. It is the Broncos' largest margin of victory since February 27, 2011, when the Broncos defeated Eastern Michigan 87-60.
The Broncos did most of their damage beyond the three-point line, going 13-of-22 from the land of plenty; those 13 triples rank as the fourth-most for a single game in school history. Demetrius Ward was the primary damage-dealer for the Broncos, going 5-of-10 from three to record a game-high 18 points. Flenard Whitfield added 17 points and a game-high eight rebounds, Nate Hutcheson had 15, and Brandon Pokley buried a trio of three-pointers to score 11 points.
The Broncos and Huskies each started out slow on offense in the first half, but the Broncos were the first ones shake the malaise and get down to business. The score was tied at just 10-10 for nearly the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Broncos would take the lead for good at the 10:03 mark when Ward made a three from the left wing. Nate Hutcheson would add the next points with a short jumper, and Ward would expand the lead to six points at the 8:14 mark when he dropped a lay-up and drew a foul.
The basket made it 18-12, but the Broncos wouldn't be done yet. Ward and Hutcheson would strike again, this time with back-to-back three pointers from the right corner to give the Broncos a 25-14 lead with 6:08 remaining in the half, prompting NIU head coach Mark Montgomery to burn a timeout. The Broncos' lead would become as large as 12 points, when Whitfield drew a foul under the hoop and hit a pair of free throws to make it 29-17. Ward would help the Broncos post that lead again with yet another three-pointer, making it 32-20 with 2:04 remaining. The Huskies would narrow the lead as the half wound down, but Whitfield would hit a jumper in the paint to keep the lead at double-digits at the half.
The Broncos picked up where they left off after a hot first half; they quelled a modest 5-0 run by the Huskies when Ward drained his third three-pointer of the night, and Mike Douglas would make a pair of free throws to even the ledger at the 18:02 mark. Ward would continue his hot night from beyond the arc at the 16:09 mark, burying his fourth triple to make it 44-31. NIU would cut the lead to eight points on a three-point play from Tyler Storm, but the Broncos pushed back when Whitfield hit a turnaround lay-up to make it 48-38. Loney would make it a 12-point lead on the ensuing offensive possession for the Broncos, rushing in on the fast break and tipping in a missed lay-up to make it 50-38 with 13:41 remaining.
Austin Richie would stretch the Broncos' lead at the 12:02 mark, burying a wide-open three from the right wing to give WMU a 55-38 lead. Overall, the Broncos would not allow a Huskies point from the 14:33 mark until the 9:26 mark, as WMU would also continue its torrid pace from the three-point arc. Pokley would make a three at the 4:33 mark to give the Broncos their biggest lead of the night, a 75-49 advantage.
The Broncos will be back in action on Saturday, February 18 when they take on the North Dakota State Bison in Fargo. The game will be part of the Sears Bracketbusters promotion. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.