Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/24/2012

 

Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Ohio 73, Richmond 48
Miami 76, James Madison 58
Kent State 74, Nebraska 60
Central Michigan 54, Idaho State 52
Eastern Michigan 75, Madonna 57
Buffalo 76, Mansfield 57
Loyola (Ill.) 53, Northern Illinois 46
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Ohio 73, Richmond 48
ATHENS, Ohio- The Ohio men's basketball team (5-0) outscored Richmond (4-2) 46-18 in the second half to propel the Bobcats to a convincing 73-48 victory over the Spiders Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
 
Senior guard Walter Offutt(Indianapolis, Ind.) led all Ohio players with 16 points, connecting on 5-of-11 shots from the field. Offutt was one of four Ohio players that finished in double figures.
 
Senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.), junior forward Jon Smith (Columbus, Ohio) and junior guard Nick Kellogg(Westerville, Ohio) finished the game with 14, 13 and 12 points, respectively. Smith's 13 points tied a career-high.
 
Senior forward Ivo Baltic(Kansas City, Mo.) also chipped in as he led the team in assists (7) and rebounds (9). His seven assists were a career-high.
 
Defensively, Ohio held the Spiders to a season-low 48 points, limiting Richmond to just 35.1 percent shooting for the game and held six players scoreless. Richmond came into the game, averaging 74.8 points per game.
 
With the win, Ohio improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 1969-70 campaign and captured its 14th straight win at home. Ohio is the only undefeated team remaining in the Mid-American Conference. In addition, the Bobcats' 73-point effort marked the eighth-consecutive time Ohio has scored 70 points-or-more, dating back to last season.
 
Richmond jumped out to a seven-point lead at the 11:03 mark of the first half, leading 16-9, but the Bobcats would respond with a 14-5 run to take a 23-21 lead at the 4:25 mark. Kellogg scored five points during the stretch with junior T.J. Hall(Gainesville, Fla.) capping the run with a 3-pointer to give the Bobcats their first lead since the 15 minute mark of the first half.
 
The Spiders responded by going on a 9-4 run to close out the first half and take a 30-27 lead going into the locker room.
 
Ohio trailed for five and a half minutes in the second half, but the `Cats would take the lead for good at the 14:03 mark thanks to a 3-pointer from Cooper, which made the count 39-38.
 
The Bobcats would go on to connect on four more 3-pointers to make the count 51-41 with 10:53 remaining. Ohio closed the game with a 22-7 run in the final 10 minutes to secure the win.
 
The Ohio University men's basketball team returns to action on Wednesday as it takes on St. Bonaventure at the Convocation Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday's matchup can be seen through a live stream and can be heard for free on OhioBobcats.com. "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the People's Bank Ohio IMG Sports Network.
 
Miami 76, James Madison 58
OXFORD, Ohio - Placing four scorers in double figures, paced by a career-high 21 points from freshman guard Reggie Johnson, the Miami University men's basketball team led from start to finish en route to a 76-58 victory over James Madison Saturday afternoon at Millett Hall. The RedHawks improved to 3-2 on the year with their second straight win, both over Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) foes, while the Dukes fell to 1-4 on the season.
 
Johnson's 21 points marked the most by a RedHawk this year while junior guard Quinten Rollins notched his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 10 assists. Junior forward Jon Harris added 15 points and a career-high eight rebounds for Miami while fellow junior forward Will Felder chipped in 12 points, matching his season high, and seven rebounds, five of which came in the first half.
 
"It kind of came as I went along," Johnson said. "They went into that zone, so there were a lot of gaps and I was able to get a few early open looks that kind of got me going. I just came out and stayed aggressive and my teammates found me."
 
The RedHawks shot a season-best 49 percent for the game, going 25-for-51 from the floor, including hitting a season-high-tying nine 3-pointers on 23 attempts (39.1 percent). Miami held JMU to just 38.3 percent shooting, including only 33 percent in the second half, while outrebounding the Dukes, 35-28. The 'Hawks totaled 19 assists on their 25 field goals.
 
Miami stormed out of the gate to a 9-0 lead just over a minute into the contest, hitting its first three shots, including an old-fashioned three-point play from Harris and triples from Johnson and junior forward Bill Edwards, who left the game soon after with a knee injury. After a pair of Dukes buckets by Rayshawn Goins, the RedHawk lead ballooned to 22-4 with just under 13 minutes left in the first half as Miami went on a 13-0 run with Johnson, Rollins and Felder combining for all 13 points.
 
A jumper by Felder with 9:07 remaining gave Miami its largest lead of the half at 26-7, but JMU then started to chip away. The Dukes went on a 13-2 run over the next 3:07, with Devon Moore scoring 11 of the points for James Madison, to cut the deficit to eight at 28-20. A Harris trey ended the spurt and restored the RedHawks' lead back in double digits. He added a free throw and another trifecta as part of a 9-1 outburst that give Miami a 37-21 lead with two minutes to play in the period.
 
JMU scored the final five points of the half capped by a fastbreak floater by Moore at the buzzer to make it a 37-26 ballgame at halftime. Harris led the 'Hawks with 10 points at the break on 3-of-4 shooting while Miami was 12-for-25 from the floor over the first 20 minutes as a team, including hitting five 3-pointers. Moore had 15 points at the break to lead the Dukes, shooting a perfect 5-for-5 in the half, however JMU committed 10 turnovers in the opening period and finished with 15 in the game, which Miami converted into 20 points.
 
The second half opened with end-to-end action as the teams traded baskets. Johnson scored 10 of Miami's first 14 points to start the second stanza, including two triples, the second of which boosted the RedHawk lead to 16 at 51-35 with less than 15 minutes left in the game. A free throw by Andre Nation capped a 9-3 spurt by the Dukes to get JMU within 10 but again Harris came up with a clutch triple to end the draught.
 
James Madison once more closed within 10 with 7:29 remaining on a 3-pointer by Ron Curry but a Johnson trey and four points from Felder bumped the lead back to 17 at 66-49 with 6:15 left in the contest. The Dukes would get no closer than 14 the remainder of the game with junior guard Allen Roberts adding five points down the stretch as Miami closed out the 76-58 victory.
 
"Every home game brings confidence and you start to understand how important they are and how you have to protect home court," said Miami head coach John Cooper. "You can't win championships without learning that."
 
Moore finished with 17 points to lead JMU while Goins had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Dukes, who went 17-for-28 from the free throw line. The 'Hawks were 17-of-22 from the charity stripe.
 
The RedHawks return to the court Saturday, Dec. 1 with a road contest at IPFW at 7 p.m. which begins a four-game road trip for Miami. The 'Hawks are back in Millett Hall on Dec. 22 against Illinois-Chicago.
 
Kent State 74, Nebraska 60
LINCOLN, Neb. – A historic season for Kent State Athletics continued on Saturday night as the Kent State men’s basketball team record a 74-60 win at Nebraska.  For the Golden Flashes’ storied program, the win is the first on the road against a Big Ten school since 1970. 
 
Senior forward Chris Evans (Chesapeake, Va.) lead Kent State (4-2) with 19 points and six rebounds to help hand Nebraska (4-1) its first loss of the season. 
 
Leading the majority of the game, the Golden Flashes fell behind 33-32 at halftime after the Cornhuskers closed the period with an 8-2 stretch over the last 5:30 capped off by a Dylan Talley lay-up in the closing seconds.  Talley would go into the half with 17 points and finish with a game high 27.  
 
The Nebraska lead was short lived however as Evans fueled a 10-2 spurt by scoring five points in the first three minutes of the second half to give Kent State the lead for good.  The senior forward was there again scoring on a jumper with 10 minutes left to extend the lead to 52-49 after the Cornhuskers had pulled to within one.  The basket by Evans jump started a 16-4 run over the next five minutes that put the game.  
 
Junior forward Darren Goodson (Cincinnati, Ohio) shook off his early season struggles scoring a Kent State career high 16 points on 8-10 shooting in just 17 minutes of action.  Senior guard Randal Holt (Cleveland, Ohio) added 15 points and four assists.  
 
The Golden Flashes return to action on Wednesday, November 28 at Youngstown State.   
 
Central Michigan 54, Idaho State 52
SALT LAKE CITY - Senior Kyle Randall knocked down an 18-foot jumper with a half-second left to give Central Michigan a 54-52 win over Idaho State and send the Chippewas away with a 2-1 record in the Utah Thanksgiving Tournament.
 
Head coach Keno Davis called his last timeout with 2:56 remaining and the Chippewas (3-2) down one, 50-49. Randall missed a lay-in coming out of the timeout but a bucket by Derrick Richardson on the next possession put the Chippewas up one. The Bengals (0-4) returned the favor just 12 seconds later to take a 52-51 lead with 1:31 left, but couldn't muster another shot.
 
Two offensive rebounds by the Chippewas kept the ball in front of their bench until Zach Saylor converted a free throw to knot the game at 52 with 1:09 left.
 
With the Bengals coming out of a timeout with 44 seconds remaining, Chris Fowler forced a turnover near the midcourt line with 35 seconds left.
 
Holding the ball for the last shot, Randall came around the left side of a screen set by Richardson at the top of the key and drained just his second field goal of the game.
 
Offensive rebounding was the difference for the Chippewas, who had an 18-2 edge and out-rebounded Idaho State 38-23, leading to 14 second-chance points and nine more attempts in the field.
 
"I like our team's effort," said Davis. "It shows you can be under-sized and still be a good rebounding team. It's about focus and effort and intensity to get after it."
 
Midway through the first half a 12-0 run by the Chippewas turned a seven-point deficit into their first lead of the game, 19-14 at the 9:02 mark. Back-to-back threes by Austin Keel and Blake Hibbitts extended the run to a 19-5 edge that created their largest lead of the half, 26-19, with 7:11 left. The shot by Hibbitts proved to be the final points of the half for Central, which was able to hang on to a 26-25 lead at the break.
 
Starting aggressively out of the locker room, a three-pointer by John Simons and two trips to the hole by Randall sparked a 7-0 run that eventually stretched to 11-2 in the first four minutes of the second half.
 
Idaho State was held to just two field goals in the first eight minutes of the second half but clawed its way back from a 10-point deficit by holding CMU without a field goal from 17:34 to 11:22. The Bengals came within one, 42-41, at 8:29, tied the game at the 4:34 mark at 48 all, and took a 50-49 lead at 3:16 for their first lead since 11:00 in the first half.
 
The Chippewas got 32 points from their bench, led by Hibbitts' 12 points and Mbaigoto's 11. Simons also reached double figures with 10 points. Stewart gave the Chippewas eight rebounds, including six on the offensive glass.
 
"This is a team you can be proud of," said Davis. "Although we haven't executed the way we would like to, haven't shot free throws the way we would like to, we certainly do play hard. Very rarely do I look at this team and say they're not giving it 100 percent. Good luck before a game picking the leading scorer or the guy who will make the clutch shots."
 
Eastern Michigan 75, Madonna 57
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team scored 28 points off of 21 turnovers as the Eagles defeated Madonna University, 75-57, Saturday night, Nov. 24 at the Convocation Center.
 
Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio-St. Vincent St. Mary) scored 17 points to lead the Eagles, who shot 44.9 percent from the floor. Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich.-Oak Hill Academy) and Ray Lee (Detroit, Mich.-Romulus) notched career-highs in points, scoring 16 and 14, respectively. Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich.-Detroit Country Day) added a team-best and career-high 13 rebounds.
 
Travis Schuba scored 23 points to lead the Crusaders in the loss, going 7-of-22 from three-point land. As a team, Madonna shot 35.2 percent (19-of-54) from the floor.
 
EMU improves to 5-1 on the 2012-13 campaign, its best start to a season since going 6-1 to start the 2004-05 season. Madonna drops to 5-2 on the year.
 
Two contrasting offenses took the floor as Eastern Michigan controlled the paint while Madonna dominated from beyond the arc. EMU outscored MU, 38-12, in the paint, but Madonna shot 12-of-33 from three-point range while Eastern only managed to go 4-of-17 from deep.
 
Unlike in recent games, both teams got off to fast starts as Madonna took a 12-8 lead into the first media timeout. The Crusaders shot 4-of-8 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from three-point land, while the Eagles shot 4-of-9 to start.
 
Coming out of the timeout, Madonna increased its lead with its fourth three-pointer of the game. A put-back dunk and a layup followed as EMU Head Coach Rob Murphy was forced to take a timeout with his team down, 19-8, with 12:22 remaining in the first half.
 
The timeout seemed to work as the Eagles went on a 7-0 run over the next four minutes to cut the lead to four points. While the Green and White found success on the inside, Madonna continued to hit from the outside, making three more long balls to maintain a 30-21 lead with 6:18 to go in the opening half.
 
However, the Eastern defense stepped up, holding Madonna scoreless for the rest of the half and going on a 12-0 run to take a 33-30 lead into the locker room.
 
The Eagles opened up the second half scoring the first four points to take a 37-30 lead. Schuba finally ended his team's 10-minute scoring drought with his fourth three of the game, to cut the EMU lead to only four points. The Crusaders would not get any closer the rest of the game as Eastern responded with a 10-0 run that included back-to-back three-pointers by Derek Thompson (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale) to make it 47-33 with 13:22 remaining in the game.
 
The lead increased as Jamell Harris (Euclid, Ohio-Euclid), Bryant, and Lee all added dunks along with a three from Austin Harper (Grand Haven, Mich.-Grand Haven) to make it a 75-52 game with under two minutes to go.
 
EMU now heads into its longest stretch between games as the Eagles will not be in action again until Dec. 3 at Syracuse University, the former stomping grounds of Coach Murphy. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the Carrier Dome.
 
Buffalo 76, Mansfield 57
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team outscored Mansfield, 50-29, in the first half before cruising to a 76-57 win at Alumni Arena on Saturday night. All 11 UB players scored in the game as the Bulls snapped their three-game losing streak.
 
Will Regan scored a game-high 15 points, including seven of the Bulls' first nine points. Javon McCrea added 14 points and seven rebounds in just 17 minutes. Regan and McCrea combined to shoot 12-of-17 from the field. Xavier Ford and Auraum Nuiriankh each added nine points for the Bulls.
 
Mansfield made its first seven shots from the field and led 25-23 with 9:13 left in the first half. But back-to-back buckets by McCrea and a corner three from Richie Sebuharara sparked a 27-4 scoring run to end the half. It was Sebuharara's first career basket. The senior finished with five points and two assists in the game.
 
The Bulls were able to empty the bench in the second half and give every player some significant minutes. Jarryn Skeete had a game-high nine rebounds to go along with three points and four assists. Raphell Thomas-Edwards added five points and three rebounds. Andre McPhail scored the first points of his career with a conventional three-point play. The freshman forward had three points and a rebound in eight minutes.
 
Corey Raley-Ross had five of the Bulls' 21 assists in the game. Buffalo outrebounded Mansfield, 37-26.
 
"We had pretty good energy come off the bench. It got us going and we were able to separate ourselves," head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "I thought we moved the ball well and that's certainly an area we are working on really hard to learn the lesson of not beating ourselves. I think tonight we were decent in that area."
 
Buffalo (2-5) will remain at home and host Temple on Wednesday night at Alumni Arena.
 
Loyola (Ill.) 53, Northern Illinois 46
DEKALB, Ill. -- Freshman guard Akeem Springs (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan Township) led Northern Illinois with 15 points but it wasn’t enough as Loyola Chicago escaped with a 53-46 victory on Saturday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center. The Ramblers led by one at the half and used 56.3 percent shooting in the second half to claim the seven-point victory. 
 
“I thought it was a defensive grinder type of game, especially when you see a 16-15 halftime score,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “I thought both teams came out playing hard, playing physical. It went back-and-forth early in the second then they pulled away before we made a surge at the end, but you have to give it up to (Ben) Averkamp, their senior, he set the tone. He had 10 points at halftime and made the plays to put them ahead.”
 
Neither team was able to find much rhythm offensively in the first half; Loyola shot just 26.3 percent (5-of-19) in the opening half while Northern Illinois shot just 22.2 percent (6-of-27) in the first 20 minutes. After the half, Loyola shot 56.3 percent from the field (9-of-16) and made 15 free throws to earn the road win.  
 
Freshman guard Daveon Balls (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored six points and dished out a career-best four assists in his first career start. Junior forward Aksel Bolin (Asker, Norway/Asker) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds but as a team Northern Illinois was outrebounded, 34-31, for the first time this season. 
 
Trailing by just one, 16-15, at the intermission, NIU took its first lead of the game on a triple by Springs to start the second stanza. 
 
The lead swung back to Loyola, 22-20, until an old-fashioned 3-point play by freshman wing Darrell Bowie (Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep) gave NIU the lead with 17:27 to play. 
 
An 11-2 run by the Ramblers gave Loyola a 33-25 lead with just over 13 minutes left. The Loyola advantage grew to 12, 46-34, until an 8-2 burst pulled the Huskies to within a half-dozen, 48-42, with just over a minute to play. 
 
Sophomore forward Keith Gray (Chicago, Ill./Brooks Academy) opened the run with a basket and Bolin capped the burst with a three from the top of the key to cut the Loyola lead to just six, but that was as close as NIU would come. 
 
In the first half, with the game tied at eight, Loyola used an 8-2 run to take a 16-10 lead with just under eight minutes to play in the opening 20 minutes. NIU then held Loyola scoreless for the final eight minutes of the first half and pulled within one, 16-15, with a 3-point play by Springs and a layup by Bolin. 
 
Ben Averkamp scored a team-high 15 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for Loyola. Cully Payne added 10 points for the Ramblers. 
 
The Huskies will conclude their three-game homestand on Tuesday, Nov. 27, when they host UIC at the NIU Convocation Center. Game time against the Flames is scheduled for 7 p.m.