Tuesday’s MAC Men’s Basketball Results

Updated 1/1/2014
Tuesday’s MAC Men’s Basketball Results
Akron 77, Coppin State 66
Princeton 73, Kent State 68
Iowa State 99, Northern Illinois 63
Syracuse 70, Eastern Michigan 48
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Akron 77, Coppin State 66
AKRON, Ohio – Four players scored in double-digits, led by Reggie McAdams' 16 points, to lift the Akron Zips to a 77-66 victory over Coppin State on Tuesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.
McAdams' 16 total points came on a 5-of-9 performance from the field, including 4-of-8 from long range, to go with two free throws. Thirteen of his points came in the first half after just 12 minutes of playing time.
Jake Kretzer finished the game with 13 points and one swat. Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell and Deji Ibitayo recorded 11 points a-piece on the night. Treadwell also posted a game-high 9 boards.
The Zips (7-5) closed the game shooting 45.1 percent from the floor (23-of-51) and 37.9 percent from long range (11-of-29). Akron dished out 18 assists on their 23 field goals while winning the battle on the boards, 39-36. Both teams finished with 11 turnovers.
Coppin State's (4-9) Michael Murray led all players in scoring with 19 total points.
The Zips toggled between single and double-digit leads in the second half. A 12-1 run by the Eagles was not enough to catch up to Akron as the Zips led by at least 7 points throughout the last 20 minutes.
With 7:53 left in the first half, Kretzer drained his third triple to break a 19-all tie. Coppin State would find the net once more before McAdams scored 11 uninterrupted points to give Akron a 33-20 lead.
UA would get some breathing room and hold a 42-27 advantage at the intermission.
In the first half, the Zips connected on 13-of-28 attempts from the field for 46.4 percent. Seven of their 13 buckets were launched from 3-point range. Akron ended the half shooting 41.2 percent from behind the arc (7-of-17) and 64.3 percent from the line (9-of-14).
The Eagles closed the half shooting 32.3 percent from the field (10-of-31) and 85.7 percent from the charity stripe (6-of-7). The Zips kept the Eagles to just 9.1 percent from long range (1-of-11).
The Zips will wrap up non-conference play on Jan. 2 when they play host to Marshall at Rhodes Arena. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Princeton 73, Kent State 68
PRINCETON, N.J.—Kent State overcame another tough first half shooting the ball to take a one-point lead with less than a minute to play, but missed four of its final seven free throws to fall on the road to Princeton, 73-68. With the loss, the Golden Flashes finish their non-conference slate at 9-4.
"We competed very hard and had our chances, but didn't make enough plays down the stretch," head coach Rob Senderoff said. "We have good free throw shooters. We just didn't make them tonight for some reason."
Devareaux Manley scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the second half to lead the comeback for the Golden Flashes.
"Dev responded well to how he played against Cleveland State," Senderoff said of his junior guard, who came off the bench for just the second time this season. "We need him to play like that moving forward if we are going to reach the goals we've set for our team."
Trailing 57-54 with fewer than six minutes remaining, Manley scored 11 consecutive points for the Flashes. The last of those points, a pair of free throws, put Kent State ahead 65-64 with 3:34 left in the game, capping a 23-13 run.
"Our guys competed and stuck with it. We guarded well and were able to make some plays to get back in the lead."  
Princeton's Will Barrett tied the game by splitting a pair of free throws a few possessions later. Derek Jackson and Kris Brewer both missed open three-point attempts on the next Kent State possession, but Mark Henniger came up with a rebound and was sent to the charity stripe for the bonus with 53.0 to play. Henniger, who entered as the nation fifth-best free throw shooting at 94-percent, connected on his first shot but was unable to get the second to fall.
T.J. Bray was able to give Princeton the lead with a pair of free throws and then split another pair after a Kent State turnover. Brewer missed the front end of the 1-and-1, but Princeton kept the Flashes in it by splitting another pair and inexplicably fouling Jackson as he went up to grab the missed attempt. Trailing by three with 15.4 left, Jackson split the pair and the Flashes were unable to make it a one-possession game the rest of the way.
Brewer and Jackson carried the Flashes' offense for the first 30 minutes of the game. Brewer finished with 15 points and six rebounds, while Jackson added 12 points and five rebounds. Henniger grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, but Kent State lost the battle on the glass 39-37.
The Flashes received a boost from its bench, outscoring the Tigers 29-15. Khaliq Spicer and Darren Goodson contributed six points each. Spicer also had five rebounds, a block and a steal in 17 minutes of action.
Four Princeton players scored in double-figures with Barrett's game-high 19 points leading the way. Hans Brase finished just short of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
"Princeton is a very good team and I'm proud of the effort. It was a heck of a game. Unfortunately they made a couple of more plays than we did."
Kent State will have a week off before opening Mid-American Conference play on Wednesday, January 8 against Ohio at the M.A.C. Center.
Iowa State 99, Northern Illinois 63
AMES, Iowa -- No. 13-ranked Iowa State shot 58.7 percent (37-of-63) from the field and made 11 three-pointers en route to a 99-63 victory over the Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team on Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum. Freshman guard Dontel Highsmith (Dowagiac, Mich./Dowagiac) scored a game-high 19 points and also grabbed six rebounds. 
Sophomore guard Travon Baker (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Consortium) scored in double figures for the third-straight game with 12 points and sophomore wing Darrell Bowie (Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep) just missed a double-double with eight points and a career-high 13 rebounds. 
“Iowa State came out very aggressive, made some shots and that got them going,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “Our early turnovers didn’t help and the way you start is so important on the road, especially against a very, very good team.”
“They made some threes and we probably started to press a little trying to make something happen. I thought we had some good shots, we had some offensive rebounds, but we just couldn’t seem to make the put-backs.”
NIU (5-6) grabbed 24 offensive rebounds, outrebounding Iowa State 46-36, but converted those second chances into just 14 points. The Cyclones collected 22 second chance points on 10 offensive rebounds. 
Iowa State (12-0) raced out to an early 14-5 lead before a layup by Bowie in transition brought the Huskies back within seven in the early going. The Cyclones answered with the next seven however, taking a 21-7 lead with 13 minutes to play in the opening half. Iowa State shot 60 percent in the opening seven minutes while holding the Huskies to just 20 percent shooting and five turnovers. 
The Cyclone advantage reached 18, 28-10, before NIU found some rhythm on the offensive end. A jumper in the lane to beat the shot clock by Baker, a short corner jumper from redshirt junior Pete Rakocevic (Chicago, Ill./Wilbraham & Monson/Sacramento State) and a layup by Highsmith helped NIU cut the lead to 36-23 with 7:47 to play in the half.
Iowa State took a 55-34 lead into the intermission. Melvin Ejim led the Cyclones with 15 points in the first half; Highsmith had 13 to pace the Huskies in the opening 20 minutes. Iowa State shot 61.8 percent (21-of-34) in the opening half while holding NIU to just 33.3 percent (11-of-33) shooting. 
The Huskies scored seven of the first 12 points out of the intermission, with Highsmith collecting four, but Iowa State continued it’s hot-shooting after the break, shooting 55.2 percent (16-of-29) in the second half on its way to the 36-point victory. 
Ejim and Naz Long each scored 17 points to pace the Cyclones, who came into the contest ranked sixth in the nation in scoring at 87.2 points per game. DeAndre Kane added 16 points and dished out 12 assists for Iowa State, Kane also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. 
The Huskies will return to action on Friday, Jan. 3, when they open the 2014 calendar year against Bethune-Cookman at the NIU Convocation Center. Game time against the Wildcats is scheduled for 7 p.m. 
Syracuse 70, Eastern Michigan 48
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (EMUEagles.com) – Closing out the 2013 calendar year, the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team dropped a 70-48 decision to No. 2-ranked Syracuse University Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 31, in the Carrier Dome. For the third straight season, the Eagles scored exactly 48 points against the Orange.
It was a homecoming of sorts for EMU Head Coach Rob Murphy, who coached under Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim for seven seasons. In the third matchup between the two, the legendary coach's team held his former assistant's team to a season-low 48 points.
Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich.-Oak Hill Academy) recorded a season-high 19 points to lead Eastern in scoring, also grabbing a team-best eight rebounds. The redshirt senior was on the receiving end of four alley-oops while shooting 8-of-11 throughout the contest. Raven Lee (Detroit, Mich.-Romulus) converted 4-of-5 from beyond the arc as the only other Eagle in double digits. As a team, EMU struggled shooting, making 17-of-54 for a 31.5 percent clip overall, including 7-of-28 from long range.
Jerami  Grant and Rakeem Christmas paced Syracuse with 15 points apiece as they were two-of-four Orange in double figures. C.J. Fair chipped in with 13 points while Trevor Cooney also scored 10. While starting point guard Travis Ennis did not score, he did tally a team-high nine assists. SU shot extremely well from the floor, sinking 51 percent of its shots (26-of-51). While the Orange struggled from long range (3-of-14), they found success in the paint, racking up 40 points in that area.
Although the Eagles secured the opening tip, they could not score first as Christmas opened up the scoring for SU with a jumper. However, EMU responded with a wing three from Lee to give Eastern its first lead of the game. The Orange answered right back with a 9-0 run to lead, 11-3, heading into the first media timeout.
Coming out of the break in the action, Darell Combs (Chicago, Ill.-Thornwood) ended the Orange run with a jumper from long range. Once again, Syracuse countered with seven straight points to increase its advantage to 12, prompting Coach Murphy to take a timeout with 13:28 remaining in the first half.
The first half continued with runs by the Orange as they scored eight straight before Mike Talley (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale ABT) broke a four-minute scoreless spell with a jumper in the paint. The EMU defense stepped up its 2-3 zone to hold Syracuse without a basket for three straight possessions. After the third stop, Bryant picked up a loose ball rebound and sank the easy bunny as he was fouled. The redshirt senior converted at the line for the old fashioned three point play. After an alley-oop on the other end, Bryant countered with another three-point play to cut into the deficit, 32-21, with 4:18 left in the first half. The Detroit, Mich. native continued his strong play with an offensive board in the corner that led to a two-handed slam by Ward, increasing the EMU run to 13-4.
Bryant scored eight of his team's final 15 points as two Talley free throws brought the deficit into single digits, 36-27, at halftime. After trailing by as many as 20, the Eagles held Syracuse to just six points in the final 7:33 of the first half while scoring 17 points over that time frame. Bryant's 10 points and seven boards paced the Eagles in the opening half as EMU shot just 31 percent (9-of-29) from the floor, including 3-of-14 from beyond the arc. The Green and White was successful from the free throw line in the opening 20 minutes, making all six attempts from the charity stripe.
Syracuse was led by Grant in the first half as the sophomore scored 12 points for the Orange.  SU was red hot from the field, shooting 15-of-28 for a 53.6 percent clip in large part to scoring 26 points in the paint. The No. 2 ranked team in the country also out-scored Eastern in fastbreak points, 12-2, forcing 10 EMU turnovers.
Lee started the second half just as he did the first with a three pointer to make it a six-point game, 36-30. Following a Syracuse free throw, Karrington Ward (Lockport, Ill.-Lockport Township) found Bryant flying through the air to complete a thunderous alley-oop and get the Eagles within five. The Orange answered with seven quick points to build the lead into double digits before another Lee-to-Bryant connection for the slam decreased the margin to 10, 44-34, with 16:34 to go in the contest.
After another EMU timeout, Lee brought the game back to single digits with a three that would make an NBA-range three look like a jumper from the elbow. Nonetheless, Syracuse tallied seven points in-a-row before Bryant found himself on another end of an alley-oop, receiving the perfect lob from Combs. That would be the only EMU bucket in a 14-2 run by the Orange that brought the game to a 19-point differential. Another Lee jumper from NBA range, his third three of the half, ended the run as the scoreboard read 58-42 in favor of SU at the 7:03 mark of the second half.
Syracuse increased the lead in the closing minutes, holding the Eagles to just six points in the final seven minutes and keeping its undefeated record in-tact to win by a final count, 70-48.
The Eagles will lift the lid on 2014 while also closing out the non-conference portion of their schedule, hosting Rochester College, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. The matchup at the Convocation is the lone home contest in EMU's current six-game stretch.