Thursday’s MAC Men’s Basketball Results

Updated 1/2/2014
Thursday’s MAC Men’s Basketball Results
Akron 59, Marshall 58
Western Michigan 83, Siena Heights 47
IPFW 65, Bowling Green 60
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Akron 59, Marshall 58
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AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zips closed out their non-conference on Thursday as they held on to down the Marshall Thundering Herd 59-58 at James A. Rhodes Arena.
 
Leading 59-52 with 2:18 reaming in the game, the Zips saw Marshall's half-court heave for the win bounce off the rim to enter Mid-American Conference play next week with an 8-5 mark. Akron was held scoreless down the stretch while Marshall (5-9) scored on three of its last five possessions.
 
Freshman Isaiah Johnson was the lone Zip in double figures, scoring 12 points to go along with seven boards 9six offensive) and two steals in 16 minutes. Pat Forsythe added nine points and six boards.
 
The Akron bench proved to be the catalyst as they scored 37 of the Zips' 59 points and held a 37-12 advantage over Marshall's reserves.
 
Marshall's Ryan Taylor led all players with 16 points.
 
Akron netted 21-of-59 attempts from the field for 35.6 percent and ended the game going just 3-of-13 from behind the arc for 23.1 percent. UA won rebounding battle 42-29 and recorded 12 second-chance points.
 
UA held a seven point advantage over Marshall with 2:25 left to play after a Quincy Diggs layup made the score 59-52. The Thundering Herd would then score three buckets in the paint to make it a one-point game with 49 seconds left.
 
Marshall had two chances to take the lead in the final seconds, first on a missed lay-up in which Carmelo Betancourt emerged from the pile with the defensive rebounder. The second opportunity came on the half-court heave at the buzzer.
 
The Zips trailed by as many as eight points in the first half. A Betancourt triple with 8:32 left in the first would bring the score to 19-17 in Marshall's favor and spark the Zips to an 18-6 run to end the half. Akron would take a 31-25 advantage into the locker room.
 
After struggling to find the net to open the game (1-of-11), Akron would close the first half connecting on 9-of-19 from the field in the first 20 minutes.
 
The Zips return to action and begin MAC play on Wednesday, Jan. 8, when they travel to Muncie, Ind., to take on Ball State. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
 
Western Michigan 83, Siena Heights 47
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's basketball team posted its second straight blowout victory, closing out non-conference play at home with an 83-47 win over Siena Heights on Thursday. With the win, the Broncos will enter next week's Mid-American Conference opener against Toledo with a 7-5 record.
The bench once again played a key role in the Broncos' victory, contributing 43 points and doing their part in pouring it on the Saints. Hayden Hoerdemann led the bench effort with 12 points, his highest single-game scoring output since notching 18 points against Northern Illinois during the 2011-12 season. Shayne Whittington led the Broncos with 16 points of his own, going 5-of-7 from the field, and David Brown scored 10 points in just 19 minutes of play.
 
The Broncos shared the ball well in the win, recording 20 assists on 27 made baskets; the 20-assist performance is one of just 13 games in Western Michigan basketball history in which 20 assists have been recorded. The Broncos were on fire from three-point range in the first half, finishing 7-of-13 from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes, including a stretch where six of their seven made field goals were three-pointers. WMU was dynamite from the free throw line as well, going 20-of-21 for a 95.2 shooting percentage, a number that is tied for the fifth-best single-game performance in team history.
 
The game was close halfway through the first half, as Siena Heights' Jamison Webster completed a four-point play by drawing a foul on a three-point make, cutting the Broncos' lead to just 13-10 with 13:41 remaining in the period. WMU started its offensive barrage from that point, though, out-scoring the Saints 22-3 over the next minutes to leave no question about which team would lead at the half. Brown sparked the run with a three-pointer from the left corner to up the lead to 16-10, and on the very next possession Austin Richie drained one from the corner to make it a three-possession game.
 
Kellen McCormick made three-pointers on back-to-back offensive possessions to give the Broncos a 25-12 lead at the 8:16 mark, and Brown scored five straight points with a three at the 7:19 mark and a pair of free throws less than 30 seconds later to make it 30-12. Whittington closed out the heater with a three-pointer of his own, letting one go from the head of the key to make it 35-13. Whittington added a long-range dunk with 4:16 remaining in the first half, taking off from well away from the rim and posterizing a Saint player; Whittington went on to make the ensuing free throw to make it 40-16. Hoerdemann made a pair of free throws at the end of the half to set the final deficit, as the Broncos entered the break leading 47-20.
 
Western Michigan opened the second half on a 13-2 run that was bolstered by a defense that allowed no Siena Heights field goals from the 19:31 mark until Latwan Wesley made a three-pointer with 13:16 to play in the half. Jared Klein made a three from the left wing to make it 58-22 at the 15:09 mark, and Whittington closed out the run with a pair of free throws less than two minutes later. The advantage reached its zenith with less than eight minutes to play, when Hoerdemann pulled down an offensive rebound and put it back in to make it 70-27 with 7:53 remaining.
 
The lead stuck at better than 40 points when Richie made a lay-up with five minutes remaining, and Von Washington drilled a three from the deep right corner with 4:47 left to make it 75-34. The Bronco reserved wrapped things up tidily with a good defensive effort, and Tim Brennan netted his first bucket of the season with less than a minute remaining to seal the deal against the Saints.
 
IPFW 65, Bowling Green 60
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