Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/28/2012

Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Bowling Green 70, Detroit 65
Illinois-Chicago 58, Northern Illinois 46

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Bowling Green 70, Detroit 65
Bowling Green, Ohio – Detroit’s Ray McCallum is the point guard who garners all the national headlines. But Bowling Green’s Jordon Crawford was the point guard who scored a career-high 26 points and led his Falcons to a 70-65 win over McCallum’s Detroit Titans’ squad Tuesday night at the Stroh Center.
 
Crawford knocked down a career-best five three-pointers, made a pair of clutch free-throws late, and helped Bowling Green get back to .500 on the season with a victory over one of the favorites to win the Horizon League. But Crawford also got plenty of help as Bowling Green won two in a row for the first time in the early stages of the 2012-13 season.
 
All 10 players who saw action scored for Bowling Green and the Falcon defense was stout, holding Detroit to just 38 percent shooting and only 29 percent in the first half. The Falcons trailed just once in the contest, briefly falling behind by one point in the second half. But Crawford answered with a four-point play on the next possession and Bowling Green never fell behind again.
 
The Falcons jumped out quickly, scoring the first four points on a lay-up from Chauncey Orr and a jumper from Cam Black. Bowling Green continued to build the lead throughout the first half, taking a double-digit lead after an Anthony Henderson three-pointer and a Richaun Holmes dunk made it 24-13 with 9:20 to go. An A’uston Calhoun lay-up with 4:00 left gave the Falcons their largest lead of the contest at 33-19, but Detroit rallied back.
 
The Titans closed the half on an 11-1 run, turning Bowling Green over and getting easy transition dunks. McCallum had seven points during the stretch and Doug Anderson forced a turnover and got a dunk as time expired to bring Detroit within four at the break at 34-30.
 
Detroit opened the second half with a lay-up, but Crawford and Luke Kraus hit back-to-back three-pointers to push the lead back to eight at 40-32. However, Detroit scored the next nine points, capped by a McCallum dunk that put the Titans ahead 41-40. That’s when Crawford answered with a three-pointer at the top of the key 23 seconds later as he was knocked to the ground. The diminutive 5-foot-6 point guard made the free-throw to give the Falcons a three-point lead.
 
The Titans continued to hang close and a Juwan Howard Jr. jumper with 5:27 left brought Detroit back within one. Crawford, though, answered again with a three-pointer to push the lead back to four. From there, Bowling Green went 9-of-10 from the line down the stretch and the Falcons forced Detroit to miss its next six shot attempts to pull away at the end.
 
For the game, Bowling Green shot 46 percent from the floor and made 9-of-22 three-pointers. The Falcons were 17-of-22 at the free-throw line and committed just one second-half turnover after nine in the opening 20 minutes.
 
Calhoun ended with nine points and five rebounds, while Orr had eight points and a team-high seven boards. Black scored just four points, but had three rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals. Jehvon Clarke came off the bench to score seven points and hand out a team-high three assists, while Holmes had five points, five rebounds and two blocks.
 
Detroit falls to 2-3 with the loss and Bowling Green improves to 3-3. The Falcons will play its second home game in a five-game home stretch Saturday against Youngstown State at 2 p.m.
 
Illinois-Chicago 58, Northern Illinois 46
DEKALB, Ill. -- Freshman forward Sam Mader (Appleton, Wis./Appleton East) scored a team-high 15 points but Northern Illinois dropped a 58-46 decision to UIC on Tuesday night at the NIU Convocation Center. The Huskies pulled within five midway through the second half until a 10-2 UIC run helped propel the Flames to the victory. 
 
“UIC got off to a quick start in both halves so we were always playing from behind,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “I thought coming in we had to limit their big four and those four all scored in double figures. I thought that our guys played hard but we need to get the ball to go in the basket to have a little more confidence. Unfortunately we only shot 32 percent and UIC made some plays.” 
 
Led by Mader’s 15, the NIU bench outscored UIC’s 28-4 but the Flames held a 17-6 edge in points off turnovers. 
 
Tied at five in the early going, UIC used a quick 7-0 burst to take a 12-5 advantage with 13:47 to play in the first half, forcing a NIU timeout. The Flames run reached 8-0 before back-to-back baskets by freshman guard Mike Davis (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights) cut the UIC lead to four, 13-9. 
 
UIC answered with a seven-point burst to take a 20-9 lead with just under six minutes to play in the half. Mader scored the next four points for NIU to pull the UIC lead back to seven, 20-13. 
 
NIU pulled within five, 22-17, until five quick points by the Flames doubled the advantage. Freshman wing Darrell Bowie (Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep) hit a 15-foot jumper as time expired in the half to bring NIU within eight, 27-19, at the break. 
 
Mader led NIU with six points in the opening 20 minutes. Daniel Barnes scored eight and grabbed six rebounds to lead UIC. The Huskies shot 30.8 percent (8-of-26) in the first half while the Flames shot 36.7 percent (11-of-30). 
 
The Flames scored the first six points out of the intermission to take a 33-19 lead. Bowie stopped the UIC run and Mader followed with a triple from the top of the key to end the UIC burst. 
 
Bowie finished with a season-high six points and four rebounds.
 
NIU pulled within five, 38-33; on a layup by sophomore forward Kevin Gray (Chicago, Ill./Brooks Academy) with 11:10 to play in the half. Gray’s layup capped an 8-2 run for the Huskies, ignited by triples from junior guard Aksel Bolin (Asker, Norway/Asker) and senior guard Tony Nixon (South Holland, Ill./Seton Academy). 
 
A 10-2 run by the Flames pushed the lead back out to 13 with 6:48 to play. Mader scored four quick points to keep the Huskies within striking distance, but UIC made 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to hold off the Huskies. 
 
Hayden Humes led UIC with a game-high 18 points. Barnes added 11 while Josh Crittle and Gary Talton each chipped in 10 points for the Flames. 
 
The Huskies will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 1, when they travel to Dayton to take on the Flyers. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.