Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 12/4/2012

Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Bucknell 76, Kent State 60
Michigan 73, Western Michigan 41

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Bucknell 76, Kent State 60
LEWISBURG, Pa. – Kent State had no answer for Mike Muscala in a 76-60 loss to Bucknell on Tuesday night at Sojka Pavilion.
 
The 6-foot-11 senior scored 27 points on 12-for-17 shooting in a dominating 34 minutes. 
 
Muscala was at his best in the second half as the Bison turned a one-point game at the break into a runaway.
 
"We played an extremely good team, and Muscala is a great player," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff. "Obviously we didn't play a full 40 minutes the way we needed to. We played well for 20 minutes. But we need to play better. We need to defend better. We need to rebound better. And we need to do a better of sharing the basketball."
 
While Muscala enjoyed a big night for Bucknell, Kent State's seniors struggled through a rough night. Chris Evans made just 2-of-14 from the field on his way to just 5 points – 13 below his season average.
 
Randal Holt scored six on 1-for-4 shooting, but with the Bison defense keeping him from clean looks at the basket, the senior guard set up his teammates for six assists.
 
"Chris and Randal were a combined 3-for-16, and when we lost to Princeton the other night they were 9-for-27," said Senderoff. "Those two seniors had been playing at a really high level, and that's why we had won some games."
 
After back to back road wins at Nebraska and Youngstown State, the Golden Flashes have now dropped two in a row to fall to 5-4.
 
Kent State did get some production from its bench, led by Devareaux Manley's 15 points and another 10 from Kris Brewer. The Kent State bench outscored Bucknell's 29-15.
 
"I'm glad Dev made some shots and Kris is starting to come around," said Senderoff. "That was a bright spot."
 
After trailing Bucknell 32-31 at the half, the Golden Flashes were out-scored 44-29 in the final 20 minutes.
 
Kent State was out-rebounded 34-22 and out-scored both on second-chance points, 13-9 and in the paint, 34-20.
 
Bucknell improved to 8-1 with the win.
 
Kent State next plays at Xavier on Sunday in a 4 p.m. start.
 
Michigan 73, Western Michigan 41
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Freshman Darius Paul recorded his first career double-double, but the Western Michigan men's basketball team couldn't keep pace with #3 Michigan as the Wolverines defeated the Broncos 73-41 at Crisler Arena on Tuesday.  The win snaps the Broncos' six-game win streak, giving them an overall record of 6-2.
 
Paul extended his streak of games with double-digit scoring output to seven, contributing 10 points and 10 rebounds to the cause.  The streak remains the longest by a Broncos freshman since Ben Reed scored in double-digits in 13 straight games in the 2001-02 campaign.  Shayne Whittington excelled despite struggling with early foul trouble, finishing with four points, six rebounds, and an assist.  Connar Tava had a solid showing off the bench with four points, three rebounds, and an assist.
 
The Broncos were plagued by a cold shooting night, finishing just 13-of-45  from the field for a 28.9 shooting percentage.  Conversely, their opponents were sharp from the field, shooting 50.0 percent from the field and making 8-of-21 three-pointers to build their lead.  WMU was solid on the glass against the Wolverines in the first half, out-rebounding them 16-12 and holding even through the greater portion of the first period.
 
The Broncos kept even pace with the Wolverines through the first media timeout, taking control of the glass and denying Michigan the opportunity for second chance points.  Brandon Pokley pulled the Broncos to within one score when he drilled a long three-pointer from the right corner to make it 6-4 at the 15:35 mark, and Paul would tie the score with an old-fashioned three-point play at the 13:46 mark.  The Wolverines would counter and re-take the lead, but Nate Hutcheson  cut the deficit to one point by hitting a turnaround jumper to make it 12-11 with just under 12 minutes to play.
 
Michigan would heat up from that point, though, out-scoring the Broncos 23-10 for the remainder of the period to build a double-digit halftime lead.  Paul would slash into that late Wolverine run, though, scoring on a lay-up at the 1:14 mark on a smart feed in the paint from Jared Klein.  Connar Tava would cut Michigan's lead to 35-21 entering the break with lay-up at the 14-second mark to close the scoring in the half.
 
Austin Richie started things off for the Broncos in the second half, draining an NBA-range three at the outset to cut the Wolverines' lead to 35-24. That would be as close as the game would be for the duration, however, as the Wolverines shot 5-of-11 from three-point range in the second half to cruise to the final margin.