Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/13/2012

Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Miami 80, Grambling 54
Western Michigan 85, Marygrove 40
Temple 80, Kent State 66
IUPUI 80, Bowling Green 66
Valparaiso 69, Northern Illinois 46

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Miami 80, Grambling 54
OXFORD, Ohio - Freshman Reggie Johnson scored a team-high 20 points, leading the Miami University men's basketball team to a 80-54 victory over Grambling State in its home opener Tuesday night at Millett Hall.
The RedHawks (1-1) broke a school-record with 22 steals and scored 47 points off 32 turnovers. Quinten Rollins tallied seven takeaways, tying Damon Frierson, Ron Harber and Chuck Goodyear for the most in program history.
Miami, which led 27-23 at halftime, pulled away after the break, as it finished the game outscoring Grambling State 53-31 in the second half.
The Tigers dropped to 0-3 on the season.
More to follow... 
Western Michigan 85, Marygrove 40
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's basketball team had a dominating night on the glass, as the Broncos won their 2012-13 regular season home opener 85-40 over the Marygrove Mustangs at University Arena on Tuesday.  With the win, the Broncos improve to 1-1 on the season.
Four Broncos reached double-digits in scoring, including Brandon Pokley, who finished with a game-high 16 poings, and Shayne Whittington recorded his second straight double-double with 10 poitns and 10 rebounds.  Nate Hucheson scored 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting, and Darius Paul recorded his first double-digit scoring game with 11 points.
the Broncos controlled the glass from the outset, out-rebounding the Mustangs 47-20 and outscoring them 40-4 in points in the paint.  Also impressive was the Broncos' unselfishness; WMU recorded 16 assists on 29 made baskets, and recorded just eight turnovers for a 2:1 assist-turnover ratio.
Western Michigan opened the second half on a 22-3 run, as the Broncos imposed their will on the Mustangs to put the result out of question early in the evening.  Pokley drained a three-pointer at the 18:11 mark to make it 41-23, and the Broncos built their first 20-point lead of the night when Pokley knocked down another triple at the 16:06 mark, making it 47-25.  Hutcheson scored a pair of free throws with 14:09 remaining, giving the Broncos a 52-26 lead, and the run was capped when Jared Klein swiped the ball from Marygrove's Darryl Foster at the 12:33 mark and threaded a pass to Connar Tava, who notched the fast break lay-up to make it 57-26.
Klein kept the pressure on the Mustangs in the second half, scoring seven of his nine points in the final 20 minutes, including lay-up at the 9:42 mark to give the Broncos a 63-29 lead.  Tava made it a 40-point game with a lay-up at the 2:35 mark, and the Broncos reached their high water mark for the game when Dan Loney made a pair of free throws with under a minute remaining to set the final score.
The Broncos were in charge through the first media timeout, taking a 12-8 lead on the strength of a strong start from Hutcheson.  Hutcheson recorded five of the first eight points in the contest and grabbed three rebounds as WMU took it to Marygrove.  AJ Avery stretched the lead to six points with a pair of free throws at the 12:42 mark, and the Broncos built up a 16-8 lead when Charles Harris recorded a steal and threaded a pass to a streaking Connar Tava, who laid it into the hoop at the 12:13 mark.
The Broncos continued to keep the Mustangs at bay, taking a 28-17 lead at the 5:16 mark when Darius Paul knocked down a jumper from the head of the key.  The Mustangs cut the Broncos' lead to six points, but Pokley pushed Marygrove back with seven straight points, including four free throws and a three-pointer, and Whittington closed the scoring in the half with a thunderous two-handed dunk to make it 35-23 at the break.
Temple 80, Kent State 66
KENT, Ohio - Too many turnovers, poor shooting and an overall uneven effort on both ends of the floor cost Kent State in an 80-66 loss to Temple on Tuesday afternoon during ESPN's 24 Hours of Basketball Marathon.
Kris Brewer scored a career-high 19 points, Chris Evans added 17 points and Randal Holt finished with 11, but those numbers couldn't offset the Golden Flashes' inconsistent performance.
After trailing by as many as 15 points during a slow start, Kent State battled back to tie the game at 46-46 on a steal and breakaway dunk by Brewer with 15:58 remaining in the game. 
"We tied it up … and if some things go differently maybe we have a chance to compete and win the game," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff. "We didn't get the stops we needed. We turned the ball over too many times. We weren't about winning. We were a little bit too into ourselves. There was too much frustration and too much individual stuff. We can't win that way, period."
The same trio that led Kent State in scoring also combined for 16 of the team's 21 turnovers and four of its 10 assists on 25 made baskets. 
As a team, the Golden Flashes struggled to just 37.3-percent shooting from the field and 21.7-percent from the three-point line. And in the all-important final 16 minutes of the second half, they made just half of their 10 free throws.
The defense wasn't much better, allowing Temple to shoot 52.9-percent from the field.
"It was everything," said Brewer. "Us being together. Talking on defense … It was a struggle."
Scootie Randall led Temple (1-0) with 31 points on 10-for-19 shooting, including 5-of-12 from beyond the arc. Anthony Lee added 16 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
"We didn't do a good job guarding Scootie Randall in any aspect," said Senderoff. "Not in transition. Even when we were guarding him (in the half court) we were standing there with our hands down. He scored 31 points. That's a lot of points."
Adding to Tuesday's disappointment was the fact that it came on the heals of a gritty combined performance by Kent State's young roster during a 66-62 overtime win over Drexel in last week's season opener. 
"There are going to be growing pains," said Senderoff. "As well as we played on Friday, we played equally as poor today … We didn't play the way we needed to play to win. We didn't play together enough on either end of the floor. Their 53-percent (shooting from the field) was too high. Our 21 turnovers, that's too many. You look at the stat sheet, and there isn't much we did well other than offensive rebound."
Kent State out-rebounded Temple 44-30, including a 20-5 advantage off of the offensive glass. That led to the Golden Flashes outscoring the Owls 20-4 in second-chance points.
Melvin Tabb led Kent State with eight rebounds off the bench.
Kent State (1-1) continues its season-opening homestand with games against Chicago State on Friday at 7 p.m. and then against Valparaiso on Sunday at 2 p.m.
IUPUI 80, Bowling Green 66
Ann Arbor, Mich. – IUPUI shot 71 percent from the field in the second half and the Jaguars closed the game on a 16-4 run to hand the Bowling Green men’s basketball team is second loss in as many days, 80-66 Tuesday evening. The contest was the consolation game of the North Regional of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Jordon Crawford and A’uston Calhoun combined for 43 points for the Falcons but no other player scored more than seven. By contrast, IUPUI had four players score in double-figures, led by Mitchell Patton with 27 and 13 rebounds.
The Falcons actually took control early and looked like they might run away from IUPUI. Calhoun knocked down a three-pointer and followed with a lay-up to spark a 12-2 run that gave BGSU a 24-13 lead midway through the first. The Jaguars used the rest of the half to chip away at the lead, holding Bowling Green scoreless for the final 3:38 to get within one at the break, 37-36.
The two teams traded the lead back-and-forth throughout the first 10 minutes of the second half but Bowling Green’s final lead came on a Calhoun basket with 9:08 to play to make it 58-56. With 4:39 to play, Chauncey Orr made a pair of free-throws that got the Falcons within two at 64-62 and Bowling Green got a stop on the next possession. Calhoun’s attempt to tie the game on a lay-up rolled out though, and IUPUI knocked down a three-pointer, leaving the Falcons to chase from behind the rest of the way.
Crawford made two lay-ups in the final three minutes but that was the only scoring for the Falcons and IUPUI put the game on ice with its strong shooting performance.
The Jaguars shot 60 percent for the game after making 15-of-21 shots in the second half. IUPUI also knocked down 7-of-15 three-pointers and the Jaguars went to the free-throw line 26 times, 19 more than Bowling Green.
Crawford ended with a team-high 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 4-of-9 three-pointers. He also handed out four assists and had just one turnover. Calhoun finished with 19 points, six rebounds and a blocked shot. Richaun Holmes battled foul trouble to finish with seven points and a team-best seven rebounds, while Chauncey Orr added seven points. Luke Kraus picked up four steals to go with his five points, three rebounds and two assists.
As a team, Bowling Green shot just 41 percent from the floor and made 7-of-21 three-pointers after making four of its first five.
IUPUI improves to 2-1 with the win and Bowling Green falls to 1-2. The Falcons are expected to find out their next two opponents and the location of those games in the NIT Season Tip-Off Wednesday afternoon.
Valparaiso 69, Northern Illinois 46
ALPARAISO, Ind. -- Northern Illinois trailed Horizon League preseason favorite Valparaiso by just six at the half, but the Crusaders shot 68 percent from the field in the second half to take a 69-46 victory on Tuesday morning in the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon at the Athletics-Recreation Center. Junior forward Aksel Bolin (Asker, Norway/Asker) paced NIU with 10 points and nine rebounds. 
“Give Valpo credit, they came out at halftime and stepped it up offensively,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “They are a good ballclub, a very good shooting team. Their defense, from when we played them last year, was a lot better. They are going to have a good year, they are well coached and (Ryan) Broekhoff was a handful for us today.
“What I liked about our club was we didn't let our poor offense take away from good defense. We held them to 34 percent shooting in the first half; problem was we shot 18 percent. So, we didn't let our offense affect our defense, we just wish some of those shots would go down early."
With the Huskies leading by a pair early, Valparaiso used an 8-0 burst to take a 10-4 lead with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half. Following a timeout, freshman guard Akeem Springs (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan Township) ended the Valparaiso (2-0) run with a triple to cut the lead back to just three, but the Crusaders responded with the next five to push the lead back to 15-7.
The second triple of the morning by Springs cut the Valparaiso lead back to five, but Ryan Broekhoff answered with a triple for the Crusaders to give Valparaiso an 18-10 advantage with just under six minutes to play in the half. 
Broekhoff connected on four 3-pointers in the first half and made five of Valpo’s eight field goals in the opening 20 minutes. 
A pair of free throws by freshman guard Mike Davis (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights) and a pull-up jumper by Springs helped the Huskies stay within striking distance at the break, 23-17. Springs led NIU (0-2) with eight points in the first half; Broekhoff paced Valparaiso with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. 
The Huskies shot just 18.8 percent (6-of-32) from the field in the first half, but held Valparaiso to just 34.8 percent (8-of-23). NIU outrebounded Valparaiso 23-17 in the opening 20 minutes and did not allow an offensive rebound. 
Valparaiso’s Ben Boggs hit a pair of triples in the opening minute of the second half to push the Crusaders to a 29-17 lead. 
The Crusader lead reached 14 but a triple from Bolin ended the 8-0 Valparaiso run to start the half and cut the lead back to 31-20 with 17:52 to play.
Another 10-0 burst by the Crusaders gave them a 44-22 lead with 13:32 left. Sophomore forward Keith Gray (Chicago, Ill./Brooks Academy) ended the run with a jumper and the Huskies played even with Valparaiso for the next six minutes until back-to-back 3-pointers gave the Crusaders a 60-35 lead with just under six minutes to play. 
Valparaiso went 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) from behind the 3-point arc in the second half. 
The Huskies shot 39.4 percent (13-of-33) in the final 20 minutes but were unable to slow the red-hot Crusaders who shot 68 percent (17-of-25). 
Broekhoff finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the way for Valparaiso. Matt Kenney added 16 points off the bench and Boggs chipped in 11 for the Crusaders. 
The Huskies will return home on Sunday, Nov. 18, for the regular season home opener against Judson University. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.