Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/10/2013
Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Ohio 75, Northern Iowa 64
Bowling Green 102, Earlham 49
Toledo 102, Northwestern Ohio 55
Indiana State 82, Ball State 73
Hawaii 78, Western Michigan 68
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Ohio 75, Northern Iowa 64
ATHENS, Ohio- Junior forward Maurice Ndour scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Ohio University men's basketball team to a 75-64 win over Northern Iowa in front of 11,162 fans inside the Convocation Center.
Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) went 8-of-12 from the field in his Ohio debut and connected on a pair of 3-pointers in the contest. He also tallied a pair of blocks and had five rebounds.
"It feels great. I wasn't nervous at all," Ndour said. "I was really excited for my first college basketball game and as I said, I would've done anything for today."
Ohio put together a strong offensive effort in game and shot 47.8 percent (11-23) from beyond the arc. The `Cats shot 51.9 percent overall and dished out 16 assists on 27 field goals.
The Bobcat defense was solid throughout the contest and held UNI to 38.8 percent shooting from the floor, including a paltry 27.3 percent (6-22) from 3-point territory. The `Cats forced 12 UNI turnovers while committing just six and held an 18-6 edge in points off turnovers.
After posting two points in the opening half, senior Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) scored 14 of the team's last 16 points over the final seven minutes of action and tied Ndour for a team-high five rebounds in the contest.
Junior point guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) tallied a career-high eight assists to go along with 10 points and two steals, while senior guard/forward Ricardo Johnson (Covington, Ky.) also hit a career high with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
After trading baskets in the early moments of the first half, the Bobcats strung together a 12-0 run to take a 15-4 lead at the 14:38 mark of the first half. The run was sparked by the defense forcing three turnovers and was capped off with back-to-back 3-pointers from Ricardo Johnson (Covington, Ky.) and Javarez Willis (Homer, La.).
Northern Iowa cut Ohio's lead to one at 28-27 with 4:03 remaining in the first half, but a strong 11-5 finish - keyed by eight points from Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) -helped the Bobcats enter the break up 39-32.
A 3-pointer from Ndour extended Ohio's lead to 10 (43-33), but the Panthers quickly closed within four (43-39) on a pair of free throws. UNI got within three (55-52) after a Deon Mitchell lay-up, but two-straight buckets from Johnson put Ohio back up six (59-53) with eight minutes to play in the game.
The Panthers closed to within four at 67-63 with 3:26 remaining, but could not move any closer, as an impressive up-and-under layup from and free throws from Kellogg helped Ohio go back up by seven (71-64) and put the game out of reach for UNI.
With the victory, Ohio has now won its last 10 openers and is 72-35 all-time in season debuts. The `Cats improved to 2-0 all-time against UNI and 25-19 against teams from the Missouri Valley Conference.
Ohio will be in action again Tuesday night when the Bobcats travel to Columbus, Ohio to play No. 11/10 Ohio State at 8 p.m. The Bobcats and Buckeyes have not met on the hardwood since the 1994-95 season.
Bowling Green 102, Earlham 49
Bowling Green, Ohio – The Bowling Green men's basketball team used a total team effort on both ends of the floor on Saturday afternoon to post its 22nd straight season opening victory in a 102-49 rout of Earlham College at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio.
With the lopsided win, Bowling Green improves to 1-0 for the 22nd straight season and 8-0 versus non-Division I opponents under head coach Louis Orr.
The Falcons had six players score in double figures for the first time since Nov. 2009, which included all five starters, while on the defensive end BGSU totaled a school record 22 steals for the contest.
BGSU also reached the 100-point mark for the first time since defeating Urbana 103-78 back on Nov. 21, 2003, while the 53-point win was the largest margin of victory for a Falcons' team since BGSU defeated Urbana 114-52 back on Dec. 22, 1999.
Making his first intercollegiate start, junior guard Jehvon Clarke led the Falcons with 17 points, eight assists and six steals, all career-highs, while sophomore forward Spencer Parker and redshirt-junior guard Anthony Henderson both tallied career-highs in points with 16 and 15, respectively.
Forward Chauncey Orr and center Cameron Black each chipped in with 14 and 12 points apiece, while forward Richaun Holmes recorded 12 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals.
Earlham was led by Michael Parker who had a team-high 16 points on 4-of-9 shooting from behind the three-point line, while point guard Jack O'Flaherty added nine points and five rebounds in the loss.
The Falcons got off to a slow start to start the contest, as the home team held a slight 6-5 lead at the 15:27 mark off the first half. However, out of the first media timeout, BGSU increased its intensity on the defensive side which fed the offensive surge as the Falcons exploded with a 24-3 run, highlighted by nine points from Orr, over the next eight minutes to take a demanding 30-8 lead.
During that span, the Falcons' defense held Earlham without a made field goal for over seven minutes, as the home team pulled out to a double digit lead on its way to a 50-30 lead at the halftime break.
The intermission did nothing to slow down the Falcons, as BGSU started the second half on a 13-0 run, highlighted by two dunks from Black, to extend its lead to 33 points at 63-30 with just over 16 minutes to go in the game.
After a steal and breakaway tomahawk dunk by Holmes put BGSU up 35 at 67-32, the Falcons added to its lead with buckets from Parker, Black and Tisdale en route to pushing its lead out to 40 with just over four minutes to play.
A three-pointer from the left corner with just over a minute remaining in the contest gave the home team 100 points on the night, as the Falcons outscored Earlham 52-19 over the final 20 minutes of play to fly away with the 102-49 non-conference win.
BGSU outscored Earlham 58-14 in points in the paint, 29-8 in fast break points, and 30-0 in points off turnovers.
The game was Coach Orr's 800th at the intercollegiate level as a player, assistant coach and head coach, while the victory was his 500th overall at the intercollegiate level in any of the three previously mentioned roles.
Bowling Green (1-0) will return to the Stroh Center to host the Bulls of South Florida on Friday night at 8:30 p.m.
Toledo 102, Northwestern Ohio 55
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo opened its 2013-14 campaign by cruising to a 102-55 victory over Northwestern Ohio on Saturday evening in Savage Arena. 
The Rockets featured a balanced attack with two-time all-conference guard, senior Rian Pearson, leading the way with 19 points.  Joining Pearson in double figures were freshman guard Jonathan Williams (15 pts.), junior guard Justin Drummond (14 pts.), junior guard Julius Brown (13 pts.), junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon (12 pts.) and freshman center Zach Garber (11 pts.).
Senior guard Johnny Elliott topped the Racers with a game-high 21 points and also notched a team-high seven rebounds.
UT held a convincing 46-30 advantage on the boards with sophomore center Nathan Boothe hauling in a team-best eight rebounds.
In addition to his double-figure point output, Brown produced a solid floor game by distributing eight assists with just one turnover and grabbing three steals. Pearson topped the Rockets with five thefts with freshman guard Jordan Lauf adding two more.
Toledo shot 62.7 percent (37-of-59) from the field and was four-of-13 (30.8 percent) from behind the three-point arc. UT made 40 trips to the charity stripe, converting 24 for a 60.0 percent success rate.
The Rockets limited Northwestern Ohio to a 33.3 shooting mark (22-of-66) and forced the Racers into 21 miscues.
Toledo was also to provide some electrifying moments for its fans with seven dunks in the contest. Pearson and Weatherspoon each registered three slams with senior F Matt Smith providing one more.
UT jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead only to see its visitors recover and take a 19-13 advantage with 10:42 remaining in the first. The Rockets quickly responded following a timeout though with layups from Drummond and Brown as well as a Brown trey to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Pearson followed that quick seven-point burst with back-to-back breakaway dunks and Toledo held a 43-24 cushion at the half.
The Rockets were never challenged in the second half and expanded their lead to as many as 52 points with a 102-50 margin with 1:10 remaining.
Toledo returns to action with a trip to the East Coast on Thursday, Nov. 14 to face Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m. with the contest being televised on ESPN3.
Indiana State 82, Ball State 73
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Ball State’s starting backcourt of Jesse Berry and Zavier Turner combined for 40 points Saturday, but the Cardinals dropped an 82-73 decision at Indiana State in the 2013-14 men’s basketball season opener.
The Cardinals, playing their first regular-season game under head coach James Whitford, rallied from a 15-point deficit early in the second half to draw within six inside the 10-minute mark, but the Sycamores held Ball State off down the stretch.
The game featured quality shooting numbers for both teams. Ball State (0-1) shot 53 percent from the floor and knocked down 7 of 15 3-point attempts. Indiana State (1-0) connected on 56 percent from the floor and hit 9 of 16 from beyond the arc.
Berry hit three 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 23 points, while Turner also hit three -- all in the second half -- and finished with 17 points. For Whitford, the game was a positive step as the Cardinals work to develop in his up-tempo system.
“We are still going to get way better,” Whitford said. “We just have to have the same mentality every week that we did this week and focus in on our own style of play and our own system. I thought we made great progress, and I was proud of our guys’ effort today.”
Dawon Cummings hit six 3s for Indiana State and led his team with 21 points. Four players scored double figures for a veteran Sycamore team coming off four straight postseason appearances and picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference. Cousy Award candidate Jake Odum finished with 17 points and seven assists, followed by Manny Arop with 14 points and Justin Gant with 11.
Cummings knocked down five of his 3-pointers in the first half. The Sycamores built an early 10-point lead, but the Cardinals kept it close the rest of the half. Odum was fouled shooting a 3 right before the break and hit all three free throws to send the Sycamores to the locker room up 43-34.
A layup from Arop at the 16:19 mark gave Indiana State its biggest lead at 53-38, but Ball State did not go away. The Cardinals rallied and trimmed the lead to 64-58 with 9:52 left on a Berry 3-pointer, but that was as close as they could get. A 3-point attempt from Franko House would have cut the lead to five inside of two minutes, but it rimmed out and Indiana State finished off the game at the free throw line.
“The thing I’ll give our guys credit for is there are a lot of teams that would have laid down when they got down 14 or 15,” Whitford said. “But I feel like the personality of our team is starting to come out, and it’s a team that really competes.”
Eight Ball State players scored in the game. Preseason All-Mid-American Conference center Majok Majok finished with eight points. House led the Cardinals on the boards with six rebounds in a game without many missed shots.
Ball State will return to Muncie to play three straight games at home. The Cardinals play their home opener at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Taylor. Southeast Missouri and Butler will also visit Worthen Arena in the next two weeks.

Hawaii 78, Western Michigan 68

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Hawaii used a run late in the second half to separate themselves from the Western Michigan basketball team, and the Broncos fell 78-68 to the Rainbow Warriors at the Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 1-1 on the season; they will conclude their stay at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic on Monday when they face Tennessee State.
The Broncos trailed the Rainbow Warriors 50-46 with 14:11 remaining in regulation, but Austin Richie knocked down an NBA-range three-pointer from the right wing to cut the lead to one point, and a jumper from the head of the key by Jared Klein put Western Michigan up 51-50. The Broncos led as late as the 10:22 mark, when David Brown made a pair of free throw to make it 53-52, but Hawaii outscored the Broncos 15-5 over the next six minutes to take an 11-point edge, leading 68-57 with 6:12 remaining.
From there the Broncos battled back, pulling to within six points with 4:34 remaining on two more free throws from Brown. The Rainbow Warriors pulled away, though, settling on the final score with 25 seconds left on the clock.
Brown and Kellen McCormick each led the Broncos with 14 points, with McCormick going 4-of-6 from three-point range and Brown 7-of-10 from the free throw line. Jared Klein came off the bench to provide more spark to the Bronco backcourt, adding 13 points, an assist, and a steal, while Connar Tava hd 10 points and two rebounds. Freshman Tucker Haymond led the Broncos with five rebounds and also contributed five points.
Much like the game against New Mexico State one day before, the Broncos opened on a 5-2 run against Hawaii, with Tava making a pair of free throws and McCormick draining a three-pointer to open the game against the Rainbow Warriors. McCormick again gave the Broncos a lead with a triple from the left wing that made it 10-7 with 11:25 remaining, but Hawaii answered back with a short 7-1 run to take the 14-11 lead. Brown went for a bookend play at the 8:30 mark to re-take the lead, stealing the ball from Christian Standhardinger and laying it in to make it 15-14, and McCormick banked a jumper off the glass from inside the arc to extend WMU's advantage to 17-14.
Klein went about pushing that lead further in the half, hitting a rhythm three-pointer from the right wing to make it 20-14 in favor of the Broncos, and McCormick helped maintain that advantage with a three-pointer with 4:02 remaining to make it 27-21. The Rainbow Warriors responded with an 11-2 to take a 32-29 lead, though, and the Broncos would not lead for the rest of the half, entering the break trailing 39-36 after Keith Shamburger drilled a three-pointer with four seconds remaining in the first half.