Friday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 12/29/2012

Friday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Eastern Michigan 87, Siena Heights 49
Buffalo 84, Notre Dame College 64
North Dakota 56, Bowling Green 53

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Eastern Michigan 87, Siena Heights 49

YPSILANTI, Mich. ( — The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team snapped its three-game losing skid with a convincing 87-49 victory over Siena Heights University Friday, Dec. 28, at the Convocation Center.

The Eagles (7-5) started the game on a 14-0 run and did not look back. EMU shot 55.0 percent (33-of-60) from the floor and 6-of-14 (42.9 percent) from beyond the arc en route to their largest offensive output of the 2012-13 campaign. In addition to moving to 7-1 inside the Convocation Center, the Green and White held an opponent to less than 50 points for the fourth time this season.
Senior Derek Thompson (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale) notched a game-high 17 points and was one-of-four EMU players to hit double figures. Thompson was dangerous from outside, going 5-of-9 from three-point land and 6-of-10 overall.
Setting a career-high in the scoring column was junior Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich.-Detroit Country Day), whose 5-for-6 effort gave him 10 points on the afternoon. Riley also chipped in on the defensive side of the ball with five blocks and five boards.
Redshirt juniors Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio-St. Vincent St. Mary) and Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich,-Oak Hill Academy) tallied 15 and 13 points, respectively.  
The Saints (4-11) struggled offensively particularly in the first half, when they amassed just 16 points. In the second stanza, Siena Heights scored 33 points to finish the game 17-of-53 (32.1 percent) with an 8-of-24 (33.3 percent) showing from three-point range. Ryan Hopson led all SHU scorers with 11 points.
Eastern Michigan poured in the first 14 points of the game, with the Saints scoring their first bucket with 14:45 showing on the first-half clock. Harrison led the early charge with six points on 3-of-3 shooting, while Riley added a pair of jumpers for four points.
With Siena Heights struggling to hit shots at a 20-percent (2-of-10) clip after nine minutes of play, Thompson was busy draining back-to-back three-pointers to increase the EMU lead to 20-5. 
As the first half wore on, the Eagles continued to convert field goals at rate of better than 50 percent while holding the Saints under 25 percent. A Thompson make at the 2:27 mark grew the Green and White's lead to 30, 44-14.
Jamison Webster ended a span of 6:30 in which the Saints did not register a point when he filled a fast-break layup with 28 ticks on the clock. What appeared to be a buzzer-beating trey from Corey Hungerford was overturned to send EMU to the locker room with a 47-16 advantage.
EMU's offense showed no mercy on the Saints in the first half, shooting a blistering 58.1 percent (18-of-31) overall and 42.9 percent (3-of-7) from long distance. The Eagles capitalized on 11 Saints' turnovers to the tune of 26 points. Thompson led all scorers at the break with 11 points.
Hopson paced the Saints' offense in the first half with 10 points. As a team, Siena Heights was just 6-of-26 (23.1 percent) from the floor with three of those buckets coming from downtown.
The Eagles increased their lead to 40, 72-32, with 8:14 left in the game when Bryant walked in all alone for the slam. Harrison and Thompson continued to be efficient for EMU, with Thompson tossing in his fourth and fifth three-pointers of the game in back-to-back possessions.
Siena Heights outscored the Eagles, 17-15, over the final eight minutes of play, but it would not be enough to put a dent in EMU's large lead.
EMU kicks off the 2013 calendar year with a road game Wednesday, Jan. 2, against the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.


Buffalo 84, Notre Dame College 64

BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo men's basketball team opened Friday night's contest on a 17-2 run and never looked back as the Bulls defeated visiting Notre Dame College, 84-64, at Alumni Arena.  Nine different UB players entered the scoring column, including four in double figures.

The Buffalo big men had their way down in the post as Will Regan, Javon McCrea and Cameron Downing combined for 49 points, missing just seven shots combined between the three.  McCrea, who was held to just five points over his last two games, scored 17 this evening in 20 minutes of action.  The Newark, NY native added five rebounds, three assists, five blocks and two steals.  Regan finished with his fourth double figure scoring performance in his last five games, with 15 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.
The highlight of the evening though was Downing, who finished with a new career high 16 points in 17 minutes, continuing his effectiveness on offense.  Downing went 6-for-8 from the floor and is now shooting 74.2 percent from the field on the year.
Not to be forgotten is the play of the Buffalo backcourt, who navigated their way through a full court press that existed nearly the entire game.  Freshman Jarryn Skeete, making his second straight start at point guard, finished with a career-high 10 points, adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals, while turning the ball over just once.  Senior Tony Watson added six points, but it was his passing that stood out as he finished with a career-best eight assists.  Fellow classmate Richie Sebuharara made his first career start and finished with five points and three assists.
Junior Auraum Nuiriankh added nine points, four assists, three rebounds and a career-best two blocked shots.
As a team, the Bulls moved the ball well all evening, recording 26 assists on 31 made baskets.  Buffalo recorded assists on each of its first 14 baskets on the evening.  The 10 blocked shots by the Bulls are tied for sixth in school history for blocks in a game.  The Bulls hit 12 three-pointers, one off their season high.
"I thought ball movement was a little better after we got into a rhythm today," said head coach Reggie Witherspoon. "We passed it well and for most of the game we got pretty good shot selections off that movement."
The Bulls will now head back on the road and open up 2013 on Wednesday night at Tulsa.  Tip off is scheduled for 8:05 pm EST.  The game is a homecoming for Downing, whose high school is just seven miles from the Tulsa campus.

North Dakota 56, Bowling Green 53
Grand Forks, N.D. – The Bowling Green men’s basketball team overcame an 11-point first half deficit to take a late lead Friday night, but North Dakota scored the final five points of the game to defeat the Falcons 56-53.

Richaun Holmes capped off a terrific second half by rebounding a missed jumper by teammate A’uston Calhoun and scoring a tough basket inside, while being fouled, with one minute remaining. Holmes’ free-throws gave the Falcons a 53-51 lead, the first time the team had been ahead since early in the game.
North Dakota, though, answered by getting an offensive rebound on its next possession and throwing it out for a Jamal Webb three-pointer with 43 seconds left to put UND back on top. Bowling Green came up empty on its final three possessions, including an attempted three-pointer with nine seconds left and North Dakota escaped with the win.
After playing just two minutes in the first half with foul trouble, Holmes had eight points and four blocks in the final eight minutes, finishing with a career-best six blocks on the evening. Jordon Crawford had a game-high 14 points, 12 in the second half, and Calhoun finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Bowling Green scored the first four points of the contest but North Dakota answered with a 13-3 run and eventually took an 11-point lead at 23-12. An Anthony Henderson three-pointer started a 9-0 run for the Falcons and North Dakota took a six-point lead into the break at 29-23.
North Dakota led by as many as nine points in the second half, getting a Jordan Allard lay-up with 15:52 to play for a 40-31 lead. Henderson again sparked a 9-0 run with a three-pointer and Bowling Green tied the game with a Crawford lay-up with 9:43 to go.
The two teams traded baskets until an Allard free-throw with 3:52 left put UND ahead 51-47. Crawford knocked down a three-pointer with 2:44 to go before Holmes’ three-point play with one minute left gave the Falcons the lead.
North Dakota shot just 37.5 percent from the field and Bowling Green made 41.7 percent of its shots. But UND held a 42-25 rebounding edge, including 17 offensive boards. The Falcons also made only 8-of-15 free-throws. BGSU did force 17 North Dakota turnovers, garnering 10 steals, but the Falcons committed 13 turnovers.
North Dakota improves to 3-8 with the win and Bowling Green falls to 5-7. The Falcons will quickly return to action, playing at Temple Monday at 7 p.m. The Owls enter the contest with a record of 9-2 overall and are coming off of a victory over then-unbeaten Syracuse. Temple is receiving votes in each of the major top 25 polls.