Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 1/12/2013

Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Ohio 61, Western Michigan 59
Akron 68, Northern Illinois 53
Toledo 76, Central Michigan 72 (OT)
Miami 58, Buffalo 57
Bowling Green 46, Eastern Michigan 44
Kent State 61, Ball State 47

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Ohio 61, Western Michigan 59

The Ohio University men's basketball team (11-5, 2-0 MAC) put together its best defensive effort of the season during a 61-59 victory over Western Michigan Saturday afternoon at University Arena.

The `Cats led by one (60-59) with less than 10 seconds to play in the game. Senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) connected on one of two free throws to make it a two-point advantage (61-59), and a 3-pointer at the horn by the Broncos' David Brown missed the mark as the `Cats held on for the victory.
Ohio has won three-straight and moves to 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference for the first time since the 2008-09 season. The Green and White handed the Broncos their first loss at home this season (4-1).
Cooper led the `Cats with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds. With 824 career assists, Cooper now ranks 24th all-time on the all-time NCAA Division I assists list.
Senior forward Reggie Keely (University Heights, Ohio) added 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting, while junior T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) tied a season-high with nine points, including two 3-pointers.
Ohio held Western Michigan (8-7, 0-2 MAC) to 28.3 percent shooting (15-53), the lowest mark for a Bobcats opponent since December 14, 2011. The `Cats shot 41.2 percent (21-51) from the floor and overcame a 26-13 edge for the Broncos in free throws.
A 3-pointer by Kellogg gave the `Cats an early 5-2 lead and Ohio held a 10-7 advantage at the 11:48 mark of the first half. After the Broncos battled back to take an 11-10 lead, Cooper nailed a transition 3-pointer and then fed Jon Smith for a dunk on back-to-back possessions to move Ohio back in front, 15-11.
Western Michigan retook the lead at 19-17 on two free throws by Brandon Pokley, and held a 24-23 edge with 2:33 to go in the half. From there, the `Cats finished the half on a 6-1 run, due in large part to a stout Ohio defense forcing two Broncos turnovers in the last 30 seconds which led to three points. The Green and White entered the break ahead, 29-25.
Ohio limited the Broncos to just 24.0 percent shooting - a season low for an Ohio opponent in a half - and turned eight Western Michigan turnovers into seven points. Cooper led the `Cats with eight first-half points.
Western Michigan moved within three at 34-31 at the 15:30 mark of the second half, before Ohio put together a 9-0 run over the next 2:43 to extend its advantage to 12 (43-31). A 3-point play by Keely kept the `Cats in front by nine (48-39) with 8:35 to play, but Western Michigan scored the next five points to move back within four (49-45).
The Broncos cut it to three (58-55) with 2:26 to go, but a clutch jumper by senior forward Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.) silenced the raucous home crowd and kept Ohio up by five.
After empty possessions by both teams, Western Michigan's Jared Klein made two free throws , then stole the ball on the next Ohio possession and laid the ball in to cut the Ohio lead to one (60-59) with seven seconds remaining. Cooper was fouled on the ensuing possession and made one of two free throws. A last second shot by the Broncos came up short, and the `Cats hung on for the two-point victory (61-59).
Ohio returns to action Wednesday (Jan. 16) against MAC West Division foe Northern Illinois at the Convocation Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans can watch and listen to the game through a live audio/video stream on "Voice of the Bobcats" Russ Eisenstein and Rob Cornelius will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon.

Akron 68, Northern Illinois 53

DeKALB, Ill. – A career and game-high 20 points by freshman wing Reggie McAdams helped propel the Akron Zips to a 68-53 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon in a Mid-American Conference crossover contest in DeKalb, Ill.

McAdams finished the game shooting 6-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from behind the arc to lead four Akron (11-4, 2-0 MAC) players in double figures. Nick Harney (12), Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell (11) and Deji Ibitayo (11) also reached double digits. The win was the seventh-straight overall for the Zips.
For the game, Akron shot 47.8 percent from the floor (22-of-46) and 31.3 percent from long range (5-of-16). The Zips won the rebounding battle 38-33 in a game that saw a combined 46 fouls and 59 free throw attempts.
Darrell Bowie led Northern Illinois (3-11, 1-1 MAC) with 13 points.
NIU cut the Akron advantage to nine points on several occasions to open the second half, but the Zips answered every time on their next possession. However, an Aksel Bolin 3-pointer with 11:29 remaining cut the Akron lead to 47-41.
Four-straight free throws by the Zips – two by Forsythe and two by Abreu – put Akron back on top by 10 (51-41) with 9:55 to go in the game.
From that point, the Zips put together a 15-6 run over the next 5:46 to take control of the game at 66-47 by the final media timeout (3:20). Akron would hold a lead no smaller than 15 down the stretch to defeat NIU 68-53.
Both teams struggled out of the gate, both shooting and with fouls. By the under-12 media timeout, the teams had combined for 15 total fouls and would shoot the bonus for the rest of the half.
NIU took an early 4-0 lead and UA slowly took the lead. The Zips would hold a slim 10-9 advantage with 11:48 left in the half. At that point, Akron was shooting 33.3 percent from the floor (4-of-12) and 0-of-3 from long range.
Akron would open up a 22-11 advantage by the 8:35 mark thanks to a 12-2 run. McAdams helped spark the run with six points in a one-minute stretch. The lead would grow to 14 points (27-13) with 6:57 to go before halftime. The Zips went 8-of-12 from the field during their run.
The Zips would maintain a lead no smaller than 10 points and would hold a 36-24 advantage at the half. UA closed the first 20 minutes shooting 48.1 percent from the floor (13-of-27) and 30.0 percent from 3-point land (3-of-10).
The two stories of the first half were McAdams' 12 points of 4-of-4 shooting and the 25 total fouls in 20 minutes. Akron committed 13 fouls in the opening half and both teams combined for 35 free throw attempts.
Akron returns to Rhodes Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 16, when it plays host to Ball State. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Toledo 76, Central Michigan 72 (OT)

TOLEDO, OH - Sole possession of first place in the MAC's West Division was at stake on Saturday evening in Savage Arena, and Toledo responded by grinding out a 76-72 (OT) triumph over Central Michigan.

The victory moved the Rockets to 2-0 in league play and 6-7 overall, while the Chippewas fell to 1-1 in the MAC and 8-7 overall. CMU is now tied for second place in the West with Ball State (7-7, 1-1) and Northern Illinois (3-11, 1-1) with Western Michigan ( 8-7, 0-2) and Eastern Michigan (7-8, 0-2) tied for fifth place.
Sophomore G Julius Brown led UT with 21 points, nine assists and a career-best seven rebounds and committed just one turnover in a career-high 41 minutes. It was the second straight superb floor game for the Rockets' floor general after he tallied nine assists, seven points and six rebounds with just one miscue in UT's league opener at Kent State on Wednesday.
Brown's backcourt mates also excelled for the Rockets with junior G Rian Pearson and senior G Dominique Buckley tallying 20 and 13 points, respectively.
Senior G Kyle Randall topped the Chippewas with 24 points and was the lone CMU player to score in double figures.
Central Michigan held a slight advantage in the shooting (46.4-45.3 FG%) and rebounding (37-32) department, but Toledo made up for it by matching its season low with seven turnovers.
The Rockets took the lead for good in the extra session when Brown buried a jumper with 1:03 remaining to give UT a 71-70 advantage. Following a Randall miss, Brown knocked down two free throws with 31.1 ticks left for a 73-70 cushion. After a pair of free throws from freshman F John Simons, Buckley converted one -of-two free throws to make it a two-point game. Randall couldn't get the equalizer for the visitors, and Brown hit two more free throws with one second left for the final margin of victory.
The Rockets will now hit the road for their next two games on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Western Michigan (6:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Jan. 19 at defending MAC Tournament champion Ohio (6:00 p.m.).

Miami 58, Buffalo 57

AMHERST, N.Y.-Junior guard Allen Roberts hit a pair of free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining, lifting Miami University's men's basketball team to a 58-57 victory over Buffalo Saturday night at Alumni Arena. The junior led the way with 22 points, while junior forward Will Felder chipped in 12 points.

The RedHawks (6-8; 1-1 Mid-American Conference) had built a 20-point lead with 11:34 remaining after a torrid scoring flurry to open the second half. Miami went on an 18-4 surge to extend its six-point halftime lead. A thunderous Felder dunk at 10:20 pushed the Miami lead to a game-most 21 points.
That, however, was the last RedHawk field goal of the game. Buffalo (5-11; 0-2 MAC) used a 19-0 run over 7:06 to pull within two, 54-52, before Roberts sunk a pair of free throws at 2:24 to give the RedHawks a 56-52 edge.
The Bulls scored five unanswered points, capped by two Javon McCrea free throws, to capture a 57-56 lead with 1:01 to play. With the offensive possession late in the game, Miami missed on two field goals attempts, but a critical offensive rebound by sophomore guard Will Sullivan with 10 seconds left allowed Miami to retain possession.
Roberts was fouled and went to the line to shoot one and the bonus with seven seconds left. He nailed both free throws to lift the RedHawks to a 58-57 lead.
Buffalo got the ball across halfcourt and took a quick timeout with four second left. The Bulls inbounded the ball, but freshman guard Geovonie McKnight deflected a pass with two seconds remaining and dribbled out of traffic to preserve the RedHawk win.
In the first half, Miami opened up a five-point lead off a Roberts 3-pointer at the 12:32 mark, 14-9. The Bulls chiseled away at the RedHawk advantage and led 19-16 with 8:15 to play in the opening half. Buffalo held a 21-19 lead at 5:53 in the first half, but Miami used an 8-0 run sparked by four points from junior center Drew McGhee to take a 27-21 lead at 2:38. Miami carried a six-point edge into the half, 31-25.
It was the first time this season Miami has won a game scoring less than 70 points. It also was the RedHawks' first win in Buffalo since Feb. 16 2008.
Miami had a solid shooting effort from the field, connecting on 47.7 percent of its field goals, and was strong from the charity stripe, sinking 11-of-13 attempts (.846).
Roberts posted his third 20-point effort of the season and fifth of his career. His 22 points were one off his career high.
Miami returns home to host Bowling Green at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Fan-favorite the Kings Firecrackers will be the halftime entertainment for Wednesday's game.

Bowling Green 46, Eastern Michigan 44

Bowling Green, Ohio – BGSU senior Jordon Crawford missed 12 shots and committed nine turnovers Saturday evening. But with the game on the line, the 5-foot-6 point guard buried a game-winning three-pointer with 6.1 seconds left to give the Falcons a 46-44 victory over Eastern Michigan in front of 2,180 fans at the Stroh Center.

Crawford’s shot helped the Falcons end a five-game losing streak and move Bowling Green to .500 in Mid-American Conference play at 1-1. But it was the defense that carried the team for most of the day as the Falcons scored their lowest point total in a victory since a 45-43 win at Kent State on March 3, 1976.
Bowling Green held Eastern Michigan to just 29 percent shooting and the Eagles connected on just five field goals in the second half as the Falcons overcame a 25-20 deficit at the break. BGSU forced 17 turnovers and grabbed nine steals, three from Crawford. Eastern Michigan scored just one point after a Da’Shonte Riley jumper with 4:36 to play put the Eagles on top 43-41.
Derek Thompson made a free-throw with 2:32 to play to put Eastern Michigan on top 44-41. A’uston Calhoun missed a three-pointer with 2:04 to play but Crawford stole an outlet pass and fired up a three-pointer. He missed but Calhoun cleaned up the loose ball and scored inside to get Bowling Green back within one.
With 28 seconds to play, Eastern Michigan’s Jalen Ross missed a jumper and Richaun Holmes corralled the rebound. Crawford tried to put the Falcons ahead on a three-pointer with 17 seconds left but his shot rimmed out. Chauncey Orr hustled to the floor to tie up a loose ball and the Falcons retained possession with 12 seconds remaining.
After a timeout, Crawford got a second chance and he did not fail again, burying the three-pointer from the top of the key. Eastern Michigan still had an opportunity to win the game but Orr forced Derek Thompson into a long, contested three-point look that never got to the rim as the horn sounded.
Crawford finished the game with 11 points, but added four assists, four rebounds and three steals. Calhoun had a game-high 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting and finished with seven rebounds. Anthony Henderson added nine points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals, knocking down a pair of three-pointers in key situations. Holmes came off the bench to grab six rebounds and block three shots.
Bowling Green shot 35 percent from the floor but grabbed 15 offensive rebounds and held a 39-34 edge on the boards. The Falcons also committed a season-high 20 turnovers, but just six in the second half.
Eastern Michigan jumped out to a 9-2 lead but the Falcons battled back to lead 20-18 after a Holmes dunk with 3:17 to play in the first half. The Eagles, though, ended the session on a 7-0 run to take a five-point lead into the locker room.
Bowling Green answered with a 9-0 run to start the second half and Eastern Michigan did not make a field goal until a Thompson three-pointer with 13:33 to play put the Eagles ahead 30-29. Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the way.
Eastern Michigan falls to 7-9 on the season and 0-2 in MAC play with the loss. Bowling Green improves to 6-9 on the season and moves to 1-1 in conference. The Falcons head on the road for their next two games, beginning with a contest at Miami Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Kent State 61, Ball State 47
MUNCIE, Ind. – Kent State showed its resilience in a 61-47 road victory over Ball State at Worthen Arena on Saturday.

More than just holding off a Ball State run that cut a big second-half lead from 18 points all the way down to just one, the Golden Flashes recovered from a frustrating league-opening loss to Toledo at home on Wednesday.
"In this league it is tough to get road wins," said Kent State coach Rob Senderoff. "We obviously came off a disappointing home loss earlier this week. But I'm proud of how our guys responded winning on the road against a good team in the league, which isn't easy to do.
"When it got tight, there were a lot of chances for us to not get over the hump and let them back in the game. But our kids hung together and gutted out a win."
Chris Evans (Chesapeake, Va.) drilled a key three and a turnaround jumper in the closing minutes to help the Golden Flashes' hold off the Ball State comeback. Fellow senior Randal Holt (Cleveland, Ohio) added some late free throws and mid-range baskets on his way to a team-high 16 points.
"I wasn't nervous," said Evans, who finished with 14 points. "I don't ever get nervous. I know what our team is capable of doing. In the clutch, we've provben we can come out and get wins. We turned our defense up in the clutch and got the win."
Kent State held Ball State to just 27.9-percent shooting for the game (17-for-61). The defense was at its best late in the first half when a closing 17-0 run allowed the Golden Flashes to take a 35-20 lead into the break. 
"In the first half, we sort of got on a little bit of a roll," said Senderoff. "We got stops and got out in transition. In the second half, it was a matter of gutting it out, scrapping to get a couple of loose balls, and Chris Evans and Randal Holt hitting some big shots … That's the difference in the game."
In a rare non-starting assignment for both players, Evans and Holt helped Kent State outscore Ball State 45-9 off the bench.
Bryson Pope (Jenks, Okla.) scored just three points on an 0-for-5 shooting night, but his hustle was a big factor in the Kent State win. He led the team with 10 rebounds while adding a steal and a blocked shot in 23 minutes. Mark Henniger (Massillon, Ohio) added five points and eight rebounds off the bench.
Devareaux Manley (Oakland, Calif.) played a role in Kent State's early run with eight points all in the first half. 
Ball State was led by Majok Majok, who finished with a double-double on 13 points and 12 rebounds. He struggled from the foul line, however, converting just 7-of-17 free throws. Ball State as a team shot just 33.3-percent from the line (8-for-24).
Chris Bond added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals, who fell to 7-7 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Kent State (10-6, 1-1) travels to Buffalo on Wednesday before returning home to host arch-rival Akron at 3 p.m. on Jan. 19.