Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 12/23/2012

Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Akron 87, Cleveland State 57
Central Michigan 62, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 45
IUPUI 77, Ball State 68

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Akron 87, Cleveland State 57
AKRON, Ohio – Akron shot a blistering 53.2 percent from the field and fielded five scorers in double figures in the Zips' 87-57 rout of Cleveland State Sunday afternoon at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Out-sized and overmatched, CSU (7-5) had no answer for Akron's balanced attack. Nick Harney poured in 19 points in just 17 minutes off the bench to lead the way offensively, all but two of those points coming in the second half.
Big men Zeke Marshall and Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell were close behind putting up 18 and 15 points, respectively, and combining for 12 rebounds. UA (6-4) came together as a team to out-rebound the Vikings, 43-23.
Treadwell started the Zips off on the right foot, hitting his first two shots on soft floaters in the key just a minute into the action. Akron continued to work its inside out game, building a double-digit lead midway through the first on a three from Jake Kretzer.
The Zips set the tone early, pushing the ball up the floor and getting two big transition 3-pointers from Alex Abreu and Jake Kretzer within the first 5:30 of the game.
UA's stifling full court defense had Cleveland State stymied for almost the entire first half. The Zips forced the Vikings into 10 turnovers in the opening period and held them to a single field goal for over four minutes.
Akron had its run of the paint for most of the day, thanks in large part to the dominating performance of Treadwell and Marshall. Treadwell picked up nine of his 15 points and five rebounds in the first half. The Euclid, Ohio, product has produced a combined 30 points in his last two games against Cleveland State.
CSU threatened to make a run before the break, finding eight points in 2:09, but was squashed by another Abreu triple with 18 seconds left on the clock, which was enough to give Akron a 42-25 advantage at the half.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Nick Harney and Abreu five minutes into the second half maintained the Zips' 17-point cushion and ensured the rest of the game would see much of the same. Harney, Abreu and Kretzer connected on 8-of-9 from long range as Akron drained nine treys in all.
Cleveland State was led by Junior Lomomba's 16 points.
The Zips will continue their homestand Thursday, Dec. 27, when they play host to Texas Southern at 7 p.m.
Central Michigan 62, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 45
EL PASO, Texas – Two Central Michigan players grabbed double-digit rebounding totals as the Chippewas out-rebounded Arkansas-Pine Bluff 50-34 to run away with a 62-45 victory in the third-place game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.
Not wanting to see a repeat of last night's slow start against Nebraska, the Chippewas (7-5) didn't waste any time jumping out to a 17-5 lead on a Golden Lions (1-11) team that gave host UTEP a scare for about 30 minutes yesterday.
Three-pointers by three different Chippewas gave CMU a 9-2 after their first three possessions, and their first six field goals were all from long range. Up eight with just under five minutes to go, the Chippewas held the Lions scoreless the rest of the half while going on an 8-0 run that included three-pointers by Spencer Krannitz and Blake Hibbits.
The Chippewas' hot shooting of 41 percent cooled off after halftime as they converted only 9-of-34 (26.5%) from the field after the break but they were able to extend their lead to as many as 30 by winning the battle on the boards.
The Lions were held to just one field goal for more than 10 minutes of the second half as the Chippewas went on a 21-2 run between the 15-minute mark and the 6-minute mark.
Olivier Mbaigoto and John Simons fueled the rebounding advantage, grabbing 13 and 10, respectively, while Hibbitts and Kyle Randall paced the scoring with 12 points apiece. Hibbitts knocked down 4-of-6 from long range and tallied seven rebounds in a team-high 28 minutes off the bench. Krannitz hit 3-of-7 from behind the arc and Randall was kept from the free throw line for the first time this season, keeping his streak of 26 made free throws intact.
IUPUI 77, Ball State 68
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Jauwan Scaife scored a game-high 21 points Sunday, but the Ball State men's basketball team could not put the clamps on hot-shooting IUPUI in a 77-68 loss at Worthen Arena.
The Cardinals' 3-point defense had been a strength recently with Ball State (5-6) holding its previous six opponents to a combined 25 percent from beyond the arc. But IUPUI (5-10) knocked down 11-of-22 from deep Sunday, including six 3-pointers from Sean Esposito.
Esposito, who entered the game shooting just 20 percent from long range, led four Jaguars in double-figure scoring with 20 points.
Ball State's Chris Bond scored 10 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Tyler Koch added 10 points and grabbed seven boards in his most extensive action since returning to the lineup from injury.
Scaife finished 8-of-14 from the floor and Ball State shot 48 percent as a team. The Cardinals out-scored IUPUI by a 40-20 margin in the paint and held a 33-24 advantage on the boards. But the Cardinals turned the ball over 17 times and struggled to defend the Jaguars on the other end.
"We did some good things in transition and we attacked the paint, which was part of our gameplan," Ball State coach Billy Taylor said. "But with 17 turnovers, we just weren't unselfish enough on dribble penetration to make the extra pass. We held onto the ball too long and made some poor decisions."
IUPUI was hot from the beginning, knocking down seven of its first eight shots from the floor and seven of its first 10 attempts from 3-point range. Jordan Shanklin's 3-pointer with 8:28 to play in the first half gave the Jaguars a 30-17 lead. The Cardinals closed the half strong and whittled the margin down to 38-32 at the break.
The Jaguars opened their lead back up before Ball State rallied midway through the second half. With the Cardinals trailing 57-44, Marcus Posley nailed a 3-pointer to start a 12-2 run. Tyler Koch's lay-in with 8:16 to play capped the run and trimmed IUPUI's lead to 59-56, forcing a Jaguar timeout.
The Cardinals could not pick up any more ground. Minutes later Esposito's fifth trey of the day extended the IUPUI lead back to 64-57, and his sixth 3-pointer moments later pushed the Jaguars' advantage to 67-59 with three minutes left. From there, the Cardinals could pull no closer than six points.
"We just weren't strong enough guarding the ball and contesting shooters today," Taylor said. "We gave up too many comfortable looks at the basket."
John Hart scored 14 points and led IUPUI with seven rebounds. Lyonell Gaines finished with 13 points, and Marcellus Barksdale added 11 for the Jaguars.
Ball State is now off for nine days before hosting Norfolk State at Worthen Arena on Jan. 2. That game will be the Cardinals' final tuneup for Mid-American Conference play, which begins a week later with a trip to Eastern Michigan.