Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/13/2013
Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Eastern Michigan 95, Concordia 50
Ball State 73, Taylor 53
No. 10 Ohio State 79, Ohio 69
Bradley 80, central Michigan 70
Arizona State 90, Miami 54
Stories Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Eastern Michigan 95, Concordia 50
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — Eastern Michigan University's men's basketball came out victorious in the second contest of the 2013-14 campaign in a cross-county matchup against Concordia University, Nov. 12.  The 95-50 win elevates the Eagles to a 2-0 record while Concordia falls to 1-3.  It also marks the first time the Eagles have scored over 90 points since a matchup against Marygrove College, Nov. 14, 2008, in a 118-48 win for Eastern.
The Eagles were led by junior Karrington Ward (Lockport, Ill.-Lockport Twp. (Moraine Valley C.C.)), who posted 17 points, tying his career-high, after shooting 5-of-10 from the field and five-of-six from the free throw line.  He also pulled down a team and career-high seven rebounds and tied with four other Eagles for the team-high in steals, with two. 
Redshirt-senior Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich.-Oak Hill Academy (Arkansas)) tallied 14 points and two steals in the win, while Darell Combs (South Holland, Ill.-Thornwood (Blinn)) and Ray Lee (Detroit, Mich.-Romulus) netted 12 apiece.  Mike Talley (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale ABT (Duquesne)) added 10 points of his own while dishing out seven assists for the evening.  Senior Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich.-Detroit Country Day (Syracuse)) rejected five Cardinal shots to pace the defense. 
As a team, the Eagles shot 31-of-56 from the field for a 55.4% shooting percentage and went 63.6% from behind the three-point line, nailing 7-of-11 shots.  The squad pulled down 37 rebounds and forced 30 Cardinal turnovers, while holding Concordia to a 28.6 percent shooting rate.  Concordia was led by John Schaefer's 13 points, as he had a game-high in three-point shots after hitting four for the Cardinals.   
The Cardinals were the first to light up the scoreboard, after a putback by Jesse Schienke gave Concordia an early lead.  Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio-St. Vincent-St. Mary (Wyoming)) answered back with a bucket in the paint, after which Talley scored off a fastbreak to transfer leadership to the Eagles, 4-2.  The Green and White would retain command of the matchup throughout the entirety of the evening.
Out of the first media timeout, Combs drained a shot from beyond the arc, but the contest remained scoreless for nearly two minutes before Ward added another three-pointer and then slammed one down off a Talley alley-oop on the fastbreak to bump the lead to a 14-5 advantage. 
Bryant managed to contribute a pair of throw-downs while the relentless Eagle defense kept the Cardinals locked up at five points.  A handful of shots at the charity stripe from Ward and Riley along with a Talley steal and fastbreak layup as well as a three-point shot out of the hands of Lee gave the Green and White a dominant 31-5 lead over Concordia with over six minutes remaining in the first half.
The Cardinals scored their next septet of points solely from free throws, but a deep three from Combs and an over-the-back dunk executed by Bryant inflated the scoring cushion to 30 as the Eagles remained in command with a 42-12 edge. 
Concordia managed to break through the defensive shackles of the Green and White for a brief moment and added an additional five points to their count before the half closed out, but the deficit that was created during the earlier 25-0 run proved to be too detrimental as the Eagles left the hardwood with a 45-17 lead.  During the EMU scoring run, the Eagles grabbed seven steals and forced an additional five turnovers while only relinquishing one turnover to the Cardinals. 
Ward led at the half with 11 points and two steals to go with six rebounds.  He and Combs were both a perfect two-for-two on three-point attempts.  Talley and Bryant also contributed eight points in the first half of action.
Second half action opened up for the Eagles with a Lee drive to the paint and a spin around a Concordia defender for a quick bucket, after which Talley trickled in two off a layup.  Meanwhile, Cardinal sharpshooter Schaeffer nailed three-of-three shots from behind the arc to help keep his squad on pace with the electric Eagle offense highlighted by dunks, dimes, and drained triples as Eastern led 59-31. 
Over the next four minutes of play, the Cardinal defense picked up the pace but resulted in a handful of fouls, which the Green and White used to its advantage to continue scoring.  A fastbreak layup by Bryant got the gears churning again, as the team created another run, scoring 12 points in the paint in a three-minute span.
Defensive efforts by the Eagles continued to subdue the Cardinals, as three blocks within a 90-second window by Riley allowed Eastern to accrue an additional seven points while holding Concordia to just two of its own.
EMU took advantage of its bench depth, as Mo Hughley (Queens Village, N.Y.-Martin Van Buren (CSU Bakersfield)) sunk two free throws, Anthony Strickland (Ypsilanti, Mich.-Dearborn Heights Robichaud (Adrian College)) broke away for an up-and-under, and Ali Farhat (Dearborn, Mich.-Dearborn) tripped up Cardinal players en route to the hoop for an uncontested layup to extend the lead to 93-48. 
The final minute resulted in four extra points being put up between the two teams, as the Eagles solidified a 45-point margin of victory over the Cardinals, wrapping up the evening with a 95-50 win.
The Eagles will stay within the friendly confines of the Convocation Center for their next game, a 7:30 p.m. tilt against Robert Morris on Nov. 14.  The game will be broadcast on Eagle All-Access and WEMU (FM 89.1).
Ball State 73, Taylor 53
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State men’s basketball team rode a strong defensive effort and a dominating rebounding performance to a 73-53 victory Tuesday over Taylor at Worthen Arena.
The Cardinals (1-1) were balanced on offense in their home opener, earning first-year head coach James Whitford his first career victory.
Freshman point guard Zavier Turner was the only Ball State player in double figures with 17 points, but 10 different Cardinals scored in the game. Senior center Majok Majok finished with 16 rebounds, one shy of his career high, as Ball State piled up a 53-25 advantage on the boards.
Ball State did not shoot the ball as well as it did in Saturday’s season opener at Indiana State, connecting on 41 percent for the game, but its defense frustrated the Taylor shooters. The Trojans, which entered the game 2-1 on the year, shot 38 percent for the night, which was 13 points lower than their average. Taylor also hit just two of its 13 attempts from 3-point range.
“They have two guys who can really shoot it, and with about four or five minutes to go in the game they had just two or three attempts from beyond the arc,” Whitford said. “We really did a great job chasing them off the line. We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well tonight, but those are the things you can’t control on any given night. The fact that we were as detailed as we were on their shooters, I thought that was a step forward.”
Two defensive plays by Ball State capped a 9-0 run to end the first half that put the Cardinals in complete control heading to the locker room. Turner and Payne turned steals into a lay-up and a dunk on back-to-back possessions to give the Cardinals a 37-20 lead at the break.
Though Ball State’s shooting cooled in the second half, the Cardinals extended their lead to as many as 23 points in the closing minutes.
Ball State continued to move the ball better Tuesday, recording 17 assists on 25 made baskets. Twelve of those assists came from the freshman class, led by Quinten Payne with five and Turner with four. Mark Alstork also had a pair of assists to go along with eight points.
“I thought Quinten and Mark both took a step in the right direction tonight,” Whitford said. “It was really encouraging for me that I trusted them on the floor for as long as I did. Quinten had five assists and one turnover … Mark let the offense come to him more than he ever has. And those two guys were really responsible for a lot of our defensive success.”
A total of 13 players saw time on the floor for Ball State, including three -- center Mading Thok and guards Kindon Crowder and Kaleb Mallory -- who played for the first time. Thok scored his first collegiate points, while Crowder had an assist and a blocked shot on a breakaway lay-up.
Turner’s performance was his second straight with 17 points and three 3-pointers. The product of Pike High School in Indianapolis, is now 6 for 9 from beyond the arc in his first two college games. Jesse Berry was next for the Cardinals with nine points, while Chris Bond joined Alstork with eight.
Kyle Stidom led Taylor with 14 points and six rebounds, while Ben Raichel and Jesse Coffey added eight points each for the Trojans.
Tuesday’s game was the first of three straight at home for Ball State, which returns to action Monday at 7 p.m. against Southeast Missouri. The Cardinals will then close the homestand Feb. 23 against Butler.
No. 10 Ohio State 79, Ohio 69
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (1-1) outscored the No. 10/9 Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) in the second half Tuesday night but came up just short, falling by a score of 79-69 at Value City Arena.
After being down by as many as 17 in the first half, Ohio pulled to within five (65-60) with four minutes to play. But the Buckeyes responded with four-straight points from there, and Ohio could not move any closer than seven (74-67) for the remainder of the contest.
A duo of Columbus-area natives put together outstanding offensive performances, as junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) led the Bobcats with a career-high 21 points, while senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) matched him with 21 points and added five rebounds.
With his third 3-pointer of the night, Kellogg moved past Steve Esterkamp and into fourth place on the Ohio all-time 3-pointers made list with 208 in his career.
Junior Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) led the Bobcats with nine rebounds and posted eight of his 10 points in the second half, while senior guard Ricardo Johnson (Covington, Ky.) added nine points and chipped in four rebounds in 26 minutes on the floor.
The Bobcats out-scored OSU 41-39 in the second half and shot 53.6 percent (15-28) from the floor in the stanza. Ohio’s defense also held the Buckeyes to just 40.9 percent shooting (18-44) for the game, including a 27.8 mark (5-18) from beyond the arc.
Ohio also held a 34-24 edge in points in the paint for the contest, but could not overcome a 51-21 edge in free throw attempts by Ohio State.
Ohio State opened the game on a 9-0 run and the Bobcats trailed by as many as 17 at 24-7, but Ohio slowly chipped away at the OSU lead and moved within 10 (36-26) on a lay-up by Taylor with 1:27 to play in the half. The Buckeyes took a 12-point lead (40-28) into the break.
The Buckeyes stretched the lead back out to 15 with 16:21 to play, but Ohio got back into the game with a critical 13-4 run beginning with a 3-pointer from Taylor at the 6:46 mark of the second half. A lay-in by Ndour moved Ohio within five (65-60) and a 3-pointer from Kellogg kept Ohio down just seven (74-67) with just 1:41 to go. The ‘Cats could not get any closer for the rest of the night.
The Bobcats will be in action again on Sunday when they host Valparaiso (2-0) in the Convocation Center at 2 p.m.
Bradley 80, central Michigan 70
PEORIA, Ill. – Central Michigan men’s basketball came up short at Bradley on Tuesday night as the Braves had four players in double figures to lead them to a 80-70 victory.
The Chippewas (1-1) were led by sophomore guard Chris Fowler with 20 points and five assists, going 8-for-10 from the field. Fellow sophomore John Simons added 14 points and six rebounds while Austin Keel finished with 15 points, going 7-for-9 from the free throw line.
Walt Lemon Jr. led Bradley (3-0) with 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists. A pair of BU players tallied double-doubles – Tyshon Pickett with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Auston Barnes with 13 points and 10 boards. Omari Grier added 12 points for the Braves.
Bradley used an early 12-0 run to jump out to a 10-point lead six minutes into the game. A jumper by John Simons ended BU’s run with the teams trading buckets over the next few minutes. A quick 4-0 by Bradley boosted its lead to 12, 20-8, at the 9:11 mark of the first frame. 
CMU answered with a 7-2 run to cut the Braves advantage to seven but Bradley again answered back with five straight points to give it a 27-15 lead. The BU lead would bounce between 8-and-13 points the rest of the half with Bradley holding a 39-28 advantage at the break.
A quick 6-0 run to start the second half pushed the Braves’ advantage up to 17 points, 45-28, but the Chippewas would come battling back, using a 10-2 run to get within nine points. Unfortunately for CMU, that was as close as it would get in the second stanza, as every time the Chippewas would get within single digits, Bradley would make a run to lengthen its lead. One final CMU run got the squad within 10 but time ran out with Bradley holding a 80-70 advantage. CMU actually outscored the Braves in the second half, 42-41.
The Braves used strong rebounding and solid shooting to get the victory. Bradley outrebounded CMU, 50-28, and was better from the field, shooting 50.8 percent for the game to CMU’s mark of 35.3 percent. Both teams were solid at the free throw strip with Bradley hitting 14-of-17 (.824) and CMU making 16-of-20 (.800). The Chippewas struggled from beyond the arc, making just 6-of-30 (.200) three-pointers while BU wasn’t much better at 4-of-16 (.250).
CMU committed just six turnovers while forcing Bradley into 19 miscues. Both teams had 12 assists with CMU winning the steals battle, 6-2, and the Braves finishing with more blocks, 4-0.
Central Michigan returns to action when it hosts Pepperdine on Saturday, Nov. 16. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m.
Arizona State 90, Miami 54
TEMPE, Ariz.—Sophomore guard Reggie Johnson scored a career high 24 points to lead all scorers, but the Miami University men’s basketball team (0-2) suffered a 90-54 loss at Arizona State (2-0) on Tuesday evening.
It was the second straight game Johnson eclipsed the 20-point mark and the second consecutive game he set a career high in scoring. Johnson also tied a career high with five steals against the Sun Devils.
The RedHawks took a quick 9-5 lead by the 15:51 mark, spurred by five points from senior center Blake McLimans and four points Johnson. The Sun Devils rattled off six straight points to come back and take an 11-9 lead at 13:51. A pair of senior forward Will Felder free throws at 13:38 knotted the game 11-11,  but ASU went on a 20-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 31-13 lead. The Sun Devils outscored the RedHawks 10-5 over the remaining minutes of the opening half to carry a 41-18 lead into the intermission. 
Two free throws by freshman guard Jaryd Eustace and seven straight points from Johnson to open the second half helped Miami cut its deficit to 17 points with 16:19 to play, 44-27. Ten straight Sun Devil points, however, extended ASU’s lead to 27 points with 13:03 to play and they never looked back.
In addition to Johnson’s 24 points, McLimans added 15 points and three blocked shots.
ASU had four players score in double figures, led by Jahii Carson and Jermaine Marshall, who scored 18 points apiece.
Miami returns to action next week when the RedHawks conclude a three-game road stretch to start the season at local foe Xavier on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.