Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Exhibition Results

Updated 11/4/2012

 

Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Exhibition Results
Kent State 77, Rochester 71
Bowling Green 73, Central State 60

Kent State 77, Rochester 71
KENT, Ohio - Devareaux Manley drilled a 30-foot jumper with 33 seconds remaining as Kent State put together a late run and escape with a 77-71 exhibition victory over Rochester College on Sunday.
 
The deep three by Manley highlighted a 13-1 spurt by the Golden Flashes in the final 1:40. Rochester led by seven points in the closing minutes before the scoring flurry that included a driving layup by Kellon Thomas, a corner three by Kris Brewer, and a flying steal and layup by Manley that put Kent State back into the lead at 72-70 with 1:12 to play.
 
"If there is a silver lining to (the win), it would be that we did not fold tent at the end when we certainly could have," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff. "I'm proud of the way we responded in the last two minutes."
 
Kent State teams have traditionally found ways to steal wins over years on nights when, "we had no right to win," according to Senderoff. 
 
"I've talked a lot to our guys about that," he said. "And I'm happy this group was able to do it. But I didn't want (the win) to be that way, obviously. I was hoping we would play better.
 
"I was disappointed with how we played. I have much higher expectations of our guys, but there is a reason it's an exhibition game. There's a reason to play to get those jitters out. I expect a much better performance from our guys on Friday night."
 
Kent State opens the regular season at 7 p.m. on Friday when Drexel visits the M.A.C. Center.
 
Senior Chris Evans was one of the few Kent State players to offer a consistent effort from the exhibition's opening tip to its final buzzer. He finished with a game-high 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the three-point arc. Evans also pulled down six rebounds in 34 minutes and came up with two of his three steals in the closing minutes.
 
"Chris has played well all (preseason)," said Senderoff. "I didn't want to play him as much as I did, but I didn't have a choice. I couldn't take him out in the second half. He was important for us tonight and he'll be important for us the rest of the year."
 
Brewer added 18 points on his own 7-for-11 shooting night. He also converted 3-of-5 threes. 
 
Randal Holt did not play for Kent State. The senior guard had surgery on his knee in the offseason and only returned to practice on Thursday.
 
"Randal would have played tonight if it was a regular-season game," said Senderoff. "He will be in there against Drexel on Friday."
 
Rochester trailed 40-30 at halftime, but came back to build a seven point lead with 4:20 remaining in the game. The Warriors were led by Darnell Hogan with 23 points, Drew Maynard with 20 and Brad Norman with 19.
 
Bowling Green 73, Central State 60
Bowling Green, Ohio – Senior point guard Jordon Crawford scored 30 points and senior forward A’uston Calhoun added 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Bowling Green men’s basketball team beat Central State 73-60 in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon in the Stroh Center.
 
“Jordon Crawford was terrific scoring the ball,” BGSU Head Coach Louis Orr said. “For us, he’s got to both score and run the team.”
 
Crawford scored 20 in the second half, making 7-of-9 shots and all three of his three-point attempts, as the Falcons outscored the Marauders 44-35 over the final 20 minutes and never trailed after the break.
 
His biggest shot may have come with 14 minutes to play. Bowling Green had missed its first 12 attempts from three-point range and Central State’s Ledonte Body had just made a long range shot to cut the deficit to one. Following a Calhoun steal, Crawford knocked down a three-pointer with 14:07 to go that sparked a Falcon offensive burst.
 
Calhoun followed up the three-pointer with a lay-up and Crawford found sophomore transfer Richaun Holmes all alone in the lane for a dunk to make it 43-36. After Central State’s Phillip Gates scored inside, Crawford hit another three-pointer and added a jumper to make it 48-38. From there, Central State never got closer than six the rest of the way.
 
Bowling Green dominated in most statistical categories, generating 17 more shot attempts than Central State. The Falcons outrebounded the Marauders 41-28, including 17-4 on the offensive glass (seven each from Calhoun and Craig Sealey). Bowling Green also forced 24 turnovers, picking up 15 steals. Luke Kraus led the way with five, but eight players garnered at least one theft.
 
“Luke gave us some really good minutes on the defensive end,” Orr said. “A’uston got some tough rebounds in traffic and our young guys had some good, solid minutes.”
 
Despite the 17 extra shot attempts, the Falcons failed to run away with the game because the team shot only 33 percent in the first half and missed all nine three-point attempts, although it did improve to 53 percent in the second half and 4-of-9 from long range. Central State shot 46 percent from the floor, including 50 percent in the second half.
 
Demarkus Isom Jones led Central State with 19 points and point guard Phillip Gates had eight assists, but the Falcon guards pestered him into eight turnovers as well.
 
Bowling Green will open the season Friday in the Stroh Center by hosting Lake Erie at 7 p.m.