Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/26/2013
Tuesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Ohio 76, Mercer 67
Western Michigan 99, Oakland 88
Buffalo 81, Robert Morris 66
Central Michigan 68, Texas A&M CC 64
Bowling Green 67, Presbyterian 45
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Ohio 76, Mercer 67
Boxscore
ATHENS, Ohio - Junior forward Maurice Ndour scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Ohio University men's basketball team (5-1) to a 76-67 victory Tuesday night at the Convocation Center over visiting Mercer (4-3).
 
The outstanding effort and was Ndour's first double-double of his young Ohio career. The Mbour, Senegal, native made 7-of-12 field goal attempts and 7-of-8 free throws in 33 minutes of action.
 
\The Bobcats fell behind Mercer 18-9 in the early minutes of the game, but out-scored the visitors 67-49 for the remainder of the game to secure victory. The Bobcats used a 30-12 run to close out the first half that featured 14 made free throws.
 
The home team came out of the halftime locker room 18-7 run to build the lead to 20 at 57-37, and the Bears could not move closer than eight points for the remainder of the game.
 
Ohio was outshot from the floor by Mercer (43.1-37.9), but was able to make up the difference by going 27-of-32 (season-best 84.4 percent) from the free throw line. The Bobcats also outrebounded the Bears 42-30, which led to a 20-10 lead in second-chance points. Mercer came into the game holding a +9.8 rebounding margin on the season.
 
Senior Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) nearly matched Ndour's double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds, including an impressive seven offensive boards. The shot blocker also added two swats and now has 13 on the season.
 
The two blocks gave Smith 106 in his career, which moved him past Gary Trent and into seventh on the Ohio all-time blocks list. 
 
Senior Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) contributed 12 points and shot 2-of-3 from beyond arc, while junior Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) added seven points and a team-high four assists. Senior T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) gave the Bobcats 11 points and four rebounds off the bench.
 
The Bobcats wrap up the Ohio Classic with a Saturday (Nov. 30) matchup against Evansville at 2 p.m. inside the Convocation Center.
 
Western Michigan 99, Oakland 88
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's basketball team unleashed its greatest offensive barrage in nearly three full years, and the Broncos defeated the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 99-88 at University Arena on Tuesday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 4-2 on the season, and will conclude a season-long four-game homestand against Cornell on Friday.
 
The Broncos totaled 99 points on 28-of-49 (.571) shooting, including a 9-of-21 (.429) mark from three-point range, as well as a 34-of-42 night from the free throw line. The 99 points represented the highest scoring output for the Broncos since scoring 99 in an overtime loss to Troy on Dec. 21, 2010, a 102-99 defeat at the World Vision Invitational in Logan, Utah. The last time the Broncos scored 99 points or more in a regulation game came on Dec. 4 of that same year, a 109-50 win over Alma, but the last time they did it against a Division I opponent was Dec. 22, 1999, when they scored 101 against Marist in just 40 minutes.
 
David Brown set a career-high with 31 points, including an 8-of-16 (.500) mark from the field and an 11-of-13 (.846) performance from the charity stripe. Also setting career-highs in scoring were Connar Tava, who recorded 20 points on 8-of-8 (1.000) from the field as well as four free throws, and Tucker Haymond, who posted his first career double-digit scoring game with 13 points. Shayne Whittington added 17 points and six rebounds, and Austin Richie scored 13 points.
 
WMU caught fire from the very outset of the game, holding the Grizzlies scoreless through the first 4:01 of the first half and out-scoring them 11-0 in the process. Brown hit a pair of three-pointers in the run, including one to make it 9-0 on a kickout from Haymond, and Tava completed the rally when Haymond swiped the ball from Corey Petros and kicked it ahead for the fast break lay-up. Oakland fired back with a 25-9 run of their own, though, going 8-of-8 from three-point range to start the game and holding a 28-20 lead on a three from Dante Williams. Duke Mondy maintained the advantage with a three to make it 33-25 with 8:17 left in the half, but the Broncos chopped away, closing the half on a 15-2 run. Brown gave the Broncos the lead again with a pair of free throw makes at the 3:59 mark, making it 39-37, and Whittington converted a pass from Tava into a lay-up with 3:14 remaining to make it a four-point edge. Brown drilled a wide-open three from the right corner to give the Broncos 49-37 lead, and WMU entered the locker room leading by a score of 49-39.
 
If the first half was about building the lead, then the second was about holding on to it, and the Broncos did that exceptionally well. Richie made a rhythm three-pointer off a scream to give WMU a 54-41 edge, and on the next possession hit Tava on a fast break for a lay-up to up the lead to 15 points with 17:39 remaining, the Broncos' largest lead of the game. The Golden Grizzlies got as close as they were going to get for the remainder of the game with 12:07 remaining, when Dante Williams hit a jumper in the paint to make it 62-55, but Brown scored five of the next seven points for the Broncos in helping them re-build the lead to 69-55. WMU's advantage dipped below double-digits just a handful of times the rest of the game, and the Broncos went 10-of-10 from the free throw line down the stretch to ice the 99-89 win.
 
Buffalo 81, Robert Morris 66
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BUFFALO, NY -  For the second straight game, the University at Buffalo men's basketball team placed five players in double figures as the Bulls defeated the visiting Robert Morris Colonials, 81-66, at Alumni Arena.  The Bulls outscored RMU, 43-28 in the second half.  The victory improves UB to 2-2 on the season.
 
Robert Morris took the early lead in the contest as four straight free throws 10 minutes into the game gave the Colonials a 25-16 lead.  However, the Bulls quickly erased the deficit by going on a 10-0 run.  Included in the run was a Jarod Oldham three pointer, a fast-break dunk from senior Joshua Freelove and five free throws.  The visiting Colonials retook a two-point advantage, 34-32, but the Bulls answered with six straight points before the teams entered the half tied at 38-38.
 
UB turned up its defensive intensity in the second half as Robert Morris shot just 34.6% over the final 20 minutes of action.  The Bulls led by just one at 53-52 with 11 minutes left when a three pointer from freshman Shannon Evans sparked a 16-2 run, putting UB up 69-54 with 6:18 remaining.  UB extended its lead  to a game-high 20 points as a three-pointer from Jarryn Skeete gave the Bulls a 78-58 lead with 3:34 left.  The Colonials were able to pull no closer than 15 through out the rest of the night.
 
"I thought it was a great team win," said head coach Bobby Hurley.  "Having 10 days of practice gave us gave us an opportunity to work on some of the deficiencies that we had early in the season and we made a stronger commitment to rebounding and defending at a higher level and I think that showed tonight."
 
The Bulls placed five players in double figures led by senior Javon McCrea, who recorded his third straight double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes.  McCrea added five blocks and a steal.  Skeete finished with a season-high 15 points as he went 4-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. 
 
Oldham had a tremendous night running the point as he finished with 13 points, a season-high seven assists, four rebounds and three steals.  Freelove added 12 points, while junior Will Regan finished with 10 points and six boards.  Regan did most of his damage from the free throw line, where he was 8-of-12.
 
The Bulls got all of their bench points from two players as Evans finished with a career-best seven points, adding four rebounds, three assists and a steal.  Sophomore Justin Moss added six points and six rebounds.
 
For the first time since 2007, the Bulls have scored 80 points in three straight games.  They also set early season highs for rebounds (45) and assists (15), as well as tying a season-low in turnovers with 12, including just four in the second half.
 
Robert Morris (3-4) placed four players in double figures, led by a game-high 19 points from Lucky Jones, who added eight rebounds.  Jeremiah Worthem scored 13 points off the bench for the Colonials.
 
The Bulls remain home this Saturday afternoon when they host Delaware State at 2:00 pm.  The first 500 people who show their football tickets from Friday afternoon will receive a $10 basketball ticket for Saturday's game.
 
Central Michigan 68, Texas A&M CC 64
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Sophomore forward Blake Hibbitts and junior guard Austin Keel made key plays down the stretch, helping Central Michigan secure a big 68-64 road win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday night. 
 
With CMU down 64-62, Hibbitts drained a three-pointer, his fifth of the game, with 13 seconds remaining, retaking the lead for the Chippewas. Keel stole the ball on the ensuing Islanders possession and drew an intentional foul. He made both free throws and Rayshawn Simmons followed with one more, providing Central with the winning four-point margin.
 
“I would characterize this game by saying, ‘we found a way,’” said CMU head coach Keno Davis. “Going on the road with a young team, that’s how you have to describe it. You have to be able to make enough plays. We got a stop when we needed it. We got a made shot when we needed it. And we were able to execute getting the ball and made some free throws late.”
 
Hibbitts lead three Chippewas who scored in double figures, tallying 15 points, all on three-point buckets. Sophomore point guard Chris Fowler added 13 and dished out five assists. Sophomore forward John Simons finished the game just shy of a double-double, scoring 11 points while pulling down nine rebounds.
 
Central Michigan (4-3) fell behind early, 8-4, after Corpus Christi guard Hameed Ali hit a three-pointer, but the Chippewas responded with an 11-0 run, which was fueled threes from Keel, Austin Stewart and Nick Carlos, to build a 15-8 lead. 
 
CMU maintained that advantage throughout the remainder of the first half, stretching it to a game-high 10 points at 30-20 at the 3:15 mark off another Hibbitts’ trey. The Islanders managed to cut into that lead in the final minutes of the half, moving to within three at 36-33 with a jumper by Brandon Pye at the buzzer.
 
The Chippewas remained on top for most of the second half, increasing its lead to as much as nine twice. After Fowler made a three throw to provide CMU with a 47-38 lead at the 14:53 mark, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-5) went on a 12-3 run, tying the game at 50-50 on a dunk by Zane Knowles. Knowles led the Islanders with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
 
The game was a back-and-forth affair over the final 10 minutes with CMU regaining and then holding its lead until Jeff Beverly made two free throws to move Corpus Christi ahead for the first time since early in the first half. After Fowler made two clutch free throws to place CMU back on top at 62-61, Jelani Currie buried a long distance three-pointer to put the Chippewas back in the hole, setting the stage for Hibbitts’ heroics.
 
CMU will return home on Saturday, Nov. 30, hosting Jacksonville State (2-5) in a 7 p.m. contest in McGuirk Arena.
 
Bowling Green 67, Presbyterian 45
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Cancun, Mexico – Bowling Green State University tipped-off the 2013 Cancun Challenge on Tuesday morning with a 67-45  win over the Presbyterian College Blue Hose in which the Falcons held the Blue Hose to just 15 made baskets on 30.6 percent shooting, while five players scored in double figures for BGSU in the first round win from the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Cancun, Mexico.
 
The win snaps a three game skid for the Falcons and pushes BGSU to 2-3 on the season, while the loss drops Presbyterian to 1-6 on the season.
 
BGSU was led offensively by five players in double digits, as Anthony Henderson had a career-high 17 points, while Cameron Black posted a double-double of 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Forward Spencer Parker also had 12 points, while Richaun Holmes had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting. Point guard Jehvon Clarke just missed a double-double as he had 10 points and nine assists in the win.
 
Presbyterian was led by Jordan Downing's 14 points, while forward William Truss added 12 points and eight rebounds in the loss.
 
BG outscored Presbyterian 48-14 in points in the paint, 18-6 in points off turnovers and 8-2 in fast break points. The Falcons also forced Presbyterian into 14 miscues, one shy of the number of field goals it made for the game.
 
Bowling Green forced the Blue Hose into nine first half turnovers and held Presbyterian to just five made field goals over the first 20 minutes of play to build an early lead that the Falcons refused to relinquish over the 40 minute contest.
 
The Falcons flew out to an early 7-0 lead to start the contest on a jump shot from Clarke just three minutes into the contest.
 
Bowling Green pushed its lead out to nine at 10-1 on a free throw by Henderson before the Falcons' defense surrendered its first field goal of the game to Presbyterian, a jump shot from Downing with 12:09 to go on the game clock.
 
The defense continued to clamp down on the Blue Hose over the next five minutes of play, as the Falcons used its defense to propel its offense, doubling up Presbyterian 12-6 in points to take a double digit lead at 22-7 on a jump hook in the lane from Black with just over eight minutes to play before the half.
 
The Falcons held the Blue Hose to only three made field goals over the final eight minutes of the opening half, with all three of the baskets coming from long range. However, BGSU continued to pound the paint and hit the mid-range jump shot to keep its lead at double digits and take a 33-19 lead into the halftime break.
 
The Blue Hose refused to quit, as the visitors in blue scored five straight points out of the break to cut the Bowling Green lead back to single digits at 33-24 and force an early timeout from the Falcons.
 
Out of the timeout, the Falcons answered with four straight points which kick-started a 13-9 run and pushed the lead back out to 13 at 46-33 on an old-fashion three-point play by Parker with 12:57 to go in regulation.
 
Baskets from Henderson, Black and Holmes over a one minute stretch started a 19-5 surge by the Falcons who took a 24 lead at 65-41 on a dunk from the right baseline by Holmes with 3:46 to play in the game.
 
The two teams traded points down the stretch as BGSU led from start to finish in the 67-45 win.
 
It marks the second time this season in which all five of the BGSU starters have scored in double figures (Earlham) in the same game.
 
Bowling Green (2-3) will play in the championship game of the Mayan Division of the 2013 Cancun Challenge tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. ET. The Falcons will play the winner of today's contest between Georgia Southern and Oral Roberts.