Saturday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Akron 54, Miami 50
Buffalo 59, Northern Illinois 54
Ohio 72, Bowling Green 63
Ball State 65, Western Michigan 62
Kent State 87, Central Michigan 72
Toledo 60, Eastern Michigan 52
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Akron 54, Miami 50
OXFORD, Ohio – For the 17th time in the series, an Akron Zips game against Miami (Ohio) saw the victor score 55 points or less as the Zips downed the RedHawks 54-50 on Saturday afternoon in a Mid-American Conference East Division matchup at Millett Hall.
The Zips extended their winning streak to 15 games, the longest active streak in the nation. Akron's 10-0 start in league play is the first in the MAC since Miami won 10-straight to open the 1983-84 league schedule.
Akron (19-4, 10-0 MAC) closed the game shooting 39.6 percent from the floor (19-of-48) and 31.3 percent from long range (5-of-16). The Zips had 14 turnovers to just eight assists, but forced Miami (8-14, 3-7 MAC) into 18 turnovers.
Brian Walsh and Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell led all scorers with 13 points each. Treadwell added six boards. Zeke Marshall finished with nine points, five boards and four blocked shots.
Allen Roberts led Miami with 11 points.
Akron opened the second half on a 6-0 run to force Miami into a timeout as the RedHawk's lead dwindled to 25-22 with 16:53 remaining. MU would push its advantage back to eight points by the under-12 media timeout (34-26).
The Zips continued to chip away at the RedHawk advantage until Alex Abreu's steal and layup gave Akron a 35-34 lead with 7:53 remaining. It was Akron's first lead since a 9-8 lead with 11:12 left in the first half.
UA opened up a six-point advantage 41-35 with 6:18 left thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Reggie McAdams and Jake Kretzer. Defense also played a big part as the Zips held the RedHawks without a field goal for nearly seven minutes.
The RedHawks would answer, grabbing a brief 43-42 advantage but a Walsh 3-pointer put the Zips back on top 45-43.
With Akron leading by two, Quinten Rollins had a chance to tie the game at 48-48, but missed the layup. Akron would capitalize on the other end on a Marshall lay-up for a four-point lead and 1:09 remaining. That would be the closest the RedHawks would get.
Both teams started the game off a little sluggish, combining to go 2-of-12 from the field with five turnovers heading into the first media timeout. However, the Zips would lead 4-0.
By the under-eight media timeout, Miami had opened a 15-10 advantage, holding Akron to just 26.7 percent shooting from the floor (4-of-15). Seven of Akron's 10 points came courtesy of Walsh's 3-of-4 shooting to open the half.
Akron would go 10:20 without a field goal before Treadwell ended the drought with back-to-back buckets to cut the Miami lead to 17-15 with 2:53 remaining. Those two buckets would be the last for the Zips in the half as the RedHawks took a 25-16 advantage into the locker room.
UA closed the half shooting 24.0 percent from the floor (6-of-24) and 50.0 percent from 3-point range (3-of-6). MU connected on 46.2 percent from the floor (12-of-26) and connected on just one 3-point attempt (1s-of-4).
The Zips will close out this short two-game road swing on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when they travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., to face Eastern Michigan. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Buffalo 59, Northern Illinois 54
BUFFALO, NY – The University at Buffalo men's basketball team grinded out a 59-54 win over Northern Illinois at Alumni Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Bulls had three players score in double-figures, led by 16 from Javon McCrea.
Tony Watson scored 14 points and continued to shoot it well from long range as the senior guard nailed three three-pointers. Auraum Nuiriankh notched his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
A three-pointer by Jarryn Skeete broke a 12-all tie with 12:41 left in the first half to give the Bulls the lead for good. However, a gutty performance by the Huskies prevented UB from pulling away.
Watson hit an acrobatic layup while being fouled with just one second remaining in the half. His free throw gave the Bulls a 31-27 lead at the break. The Bulls held a halftime advantage despite Northern Illinois shooting 61 percent from the field in the first half.
It was a steady dose of McCrea to start the second half as the UB big man scored the first six points to extend the Bulls' lead to 37-27. The UB lead would hover around eight for much of the second half before the Huskies made a run.
With UB leading, 52-41, with 4:27 left, Northern Illinois went on a 7-0 scoring run to cut the Buffalo advantage to 52-48 with 1:59 on the clock. A pair of Nuiriankh free throws and a Will Regan layup extended the UB lead to 56-48 with 49 seconds left.
However, the Bulls converted just one of their next six free throws and suddenly the Huskies trailed just 57-54 with 22 seconds left. But Abdel Nader's three-point attempt to tie the game with nine seconds left was off the mark and Nuiriankh skied for the rebound to seal the win for the Bulls.
"We knew Northern Illinois was a gritty, grind-it-out team and they were that way today," head coach Reggie Witherspoon said. "They were going to force us to have to grind with them and it's good to be on the winning side. We have a lot of things to work on, but it's good to be on the winning side of it."
Buffalo (9-15, 4-6 MAC) shot just 38 percent from the field, but did pull down 12 offensive rebounds and outscored the Huskies, 13-2, in second chance points.
Regan had nine points, Skeete had six and Cameron Downing finished with four points to round out UB's scoring.
The Bulls will remain at home and host Toledo on Wednesday night at 7 pm at Alumni Arena.
Ohio 72, Bowling Green 63
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men’s basketball team (17-6, 8-1 MAC) earned its sixth-straight home victory with a 72-63 win over Bowling Green (9-14, 4-6 MAC) before 10,846 fans at the Convocation Center.
With the score tied at 37, Ohio put together an 11-0 run that gave the Bobcats a 48-37 lead they would not relinquish. The Falcons never moved closer than six (50-44) for the remainder of the contest.
“When you’re in mid-February, you have to find a lot of ways to win the game, because each game is going to be different,” Ohio head coach Jim Christian said. “We were able to do that today.”
With the win, Ohio improves to 8-1 in the MAC for the first time since 1984-85. The victory also gave the Ohio senior class 87 career wins, which ties the school record set by the 1982-86 class.
Senior forward Reggie Keely led the Bobcats with his first double-double of the season. The University Heights, Ohio, product recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds while making 6-of-9 field goal attempts.
Junior forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) added 12 points and a season-best four steals in his second-straight start, while senior guard Walter Offutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) chipped in 12 points.
“I’m feeling more comfortable over the past few games and I feel good about the way I played today,” Hall said.
Senior guard D.J. Cooper (Chicago, Ill.) added 10 points and a game-high eight assists in his record-breaking 128th career start for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats shot 44.6 percent (25-56) from the field and held the Falcons to 41.4 percent (24-58) shooting for the game. Ohio held a 12-2 edge in fast break points and is now 16-1 this season when it wins the fast break battle.
Ohio jumped out to a 10-4 advantage and held a 14-10 lead after a jumper by senior forward Ivo Baltic (Kansas City, Mo.). With Ohio leading 17-16, the ‘Cats scored six-straight points, highlighted by a Travis Wilkins 3-pointer, and led 25-19 at the 7:58 mark of the half.
The Falcons moved back within one (27-26) on a dunk by Richaun Holmes, but Ohio jumped in front by six (32-26) after a Baltic jumper and a deep 3-pointer from Cooper. Bowling Green responded with eight of the final 11 points of the half and trailed the ‘Cats by one (35-34) at the break.
Ohio shot 46.2 percent (12-26) in the half and held the Falcons to a 43.8 percent (14-32) mark. Bowling Green held a 20-15 edge on the boards and a 20-10 advantage in points in the paint. Cooper led Ohio with seven points and four assists in the stanza.
With the score tied at 37 early in the second half, Ohio erupted for an 11-0 run that gave the ‘Cats a 48-37 edge with 15 minutes to go in the game. A 3-pointer from Jordon Crawford moved Bowling Green back within six (50-44), but nice finishes from Baltic and Offutt built the Ohio lead back to 10 (54-44).
A 3-pointer from the corner from Hall kept the Bobcats ahead by 10 (59-49) with 8:24 to play, and two straight baskets from Keely gave Ohio a 68-55 advantage with 2:59 to go. Bowling Green could not move closer than nine for the remainder of the contest.
A’uston Calhoun led the Falcons with 19 points and eight rebounds, while Crawford added 17 points.
Ohio has now won 35 of its last 37 games at the Convocation Center.
Ohio hits the road for the fifth time in six games Wednesday (Feb. 13) as the Cats take on Central Michigan at 7 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. “Voice of the Bobcats” Russ Eisenstein will call the action live on the Ohio IMG Sports Network powered by Horizon, with pre-game coverage beginning 30 minutes prior to tip.
Ball State 65, Western Michigan 62
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Jauwan Scaife's career-high 30 points helped the Ball State men's basketball team to a 65-62 victory over Mid-American Conference West Division leader Western Michigan Saturday evening at Worthen Arena.
Marcus Posley scored 15 points and Matt Kamieniecki added 10 as Ball State snapped Western Michigan's seven-game winning streak.
The Cardinals improved to 9-13 on the season and 3-7 in MAC play with the win, while the Broncos fell to 15-8 on the year and 7-3 in league action.
Scaife's career high entering the night was 24. He managed that in the second half alone Saturday. The senior guard from Muncie knocked down 7 of 11 shots after the break and scored 24 of Ball State's 37 points in the second half.
Scaife even threw down a monster dunk through two Western Michigan defenders early in the second half to electrify the crowd and keep the momentum on the Cardinals' side.
He teamed with Posley in the backcourt to score 45 of the Cardinals' 65 points on the night as Ball State played without Jesse Berry, its second-leading scorer on the season, because of injury. Posley made his first career start in Berry's abscence.
Western Michigan whittled away an eight-point Ball State lead midway through the second half to tie the score at 54-54 on two David Brown free throws with 3:43 to play. Scaife answered with two free throws on the other end, and the Cardinals managed to hang on to a slim lead the rest of the way.
The Broncos had the ball down 58-57 and looking to take the lead with two minutes left when Kamieniecki stepped in to take a charge in the lane. A Scaife 3-pointer extended the lead to four and then Kamieniecki drew another charge on the next possession.
Western Michigan drew within one point again at 63-62 on an Austin Richie 3-pointer with 8.3 seconds to play. But the Broncos had to foul, Scaife knocked down both free throws, and the Cardinals held on for the win.
Darius Paul led Western Michigan with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Brown also scored 13 points, while Nate Hutcheson added 12 for the Broncos.
The Cardinals shot 51.1 percent from the field (23-of-45), while the Broncos managed a 43.8 field goal percentage (21-of-48). Ball State, which turned the ball over only 12 times, scored 23 points off Western Michigan's 20 turnovers.
The turnover differential and good shooting numbers made up for Ball State being out-rebounded (37-25) for just the second time in MAC play.
Ball State is back in action Wednesday when it travels to Northern Illinois for a 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET matchup.
Kent State 87, Central Michigan 72
KENT, Ohio – Chris Evans, Darren Goodson, Kris Brewer, Randal Holt and Mark Henniger all scored in double figures as Kent State cruised to an 87-72 win over Central Michigan on Saturday night at the M.A.C. Center.
Evans finished with 19 points before leaving the game with an apparent right-ankle sprain in the closing minutes. Add in another 18 from Goodson, 16 from Brewer, 15 from Holt and 10 from Henniger and the Golden Flashes finished with five double-digit scorers for the second time this season.
The Golden Flashes connected on nine of their first 12 shots from three-point range while building a 44-40 halftime, but took control in the second half as their defensive effort improved.
Central Michigan shot just under 50 percent (17-for-35) in the first half while committing just two turnovers. In the second half, the Chippewas were forced into eight turnovers while shooting just 38 percent (8-for-21) from the field.
"It was nice to get another win at home," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff, whose team improved to 13-11 overall and 4-6 in Mid-American Conference play. "I thought we did a great job offensively all night. It was probably our best offensive performance in league play. We moved the ball, we didn't turn it over, we were getting good shots and we were shooting at a high percentage.
"The difference, though, was that we played much better defensively in the second half. We did a much better job of pressuring the ball and forcing turnovers. I was a little concerned at halftime when we made nine threes and were only up four because I knew we couldn't keep up that pace. But we also didn't guard at all in the first half."
Evans appeared to injure his right ankle when he came down awkwardly on the foot of teammate Bryson Pope with just 3:19 to play. He spent several minutes lying face down and pounding the M.A.C. Center's parquet floor before being helped to the bench. It was a scary moment, but according to Senderoff the injury does not to be as serious as it first appeared.
"(Chris) will be back tomorrow and get some treatment and we'll see how he responds to that," said Senderoff. "I don't think it is something that will prohibit him from playing, but I don't want to speak out of turn. I am not certain."
Evans was one of several stat-stuffers for Kent State. In addition to his 19 points, he grabbed eight rebounds, dished out three assists, came up with two steals and blocked a shot in 31 minutes of work.
Brewer enjoyed arguably his best night running the Golden Flashes' offense, finishing with seven assists and just one assist. Goodson added six rebounds and five assists in his 28 minutes.
"We are just now starting to find ourselves as a team," said Goodson, who is averaging 15 points per game and shooting 56 percent in the last five games. "When we don't share the ball, we lose. When we have 13 or 14 assists, we win and we shoot it at a good percentage."
As a team, Kent State totaled 18 assists on 29 baskets while shooting 55.8 percent from the field (29-for-52) and 50 percent from three-point range (11-for-22).
Central Michigan (9-14, 2-8) was led by Kyle Randall's 20 points. The senior guard connected on 4-for-10 from the field, but did most of his damage from the foul line where he connected on 11-of-13.
Kent State returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Miami University.
Toledo 60, Eastern Michigan 52
TOLEDO, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) – Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio – St. Vincent St. Mary) recorded a double-double, registering a career-high 19 points along with ten rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team fell on the road to the University of Toledo, 60-52, at John F. Savage Arena, Feb. 9.
Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich. – Oak Hill Academy) scored 9 to follow Harrison. Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich. – Detroit Country Day) added six points and four blocks to go along with 13 rebounds, tying his career-high.
The Eagles (11-12, 4-5 MAC) could only muster 33.9 percent from the floor, making 20-of-59 attempts including 4-of-17 from beyond the arc. EMU outrebounded Toledo 43-36 while also converting 19 second chance points. However, 19 EMU turnovers turned into 19 points for the Rockets.
Rian Pearson tallied a double-double to lead Toledo (11-10, 7-3 MAC), scoring 29 points and grabbed 14 boards, going 13-of-19 from the foul line, making his final 10 free throw attempts. As a team, the Rockets went to the line 31 times, sinking 20 of their attempts while EMU made 8-of-11 from the stripe. UT shot 18-of-52 from the field for a 34.6 shooting percentage while registering the same mark of 4-of-17 from three point land.
The Rockets started off the game with a pair of threes from Dominique Buckley to take an early 6-0 lead. A Riley offensive put-back got Eastern on the board, but the Eagles started out 1-of-8 from the floor and found themselves trailing 8-3 at the first media timeout. However, the Eagles would hit three of their next five shots as a Derek Thompson (Detroit, Mich. – Melvindale) 3-pointer tied the game at 11 with 10:58 to go in the first half.
The Green and White would take its first lead of the game after Bryant took a steal to the rim for a one-handed slam. Nonetheless, the Eagles' 7-0 run ended following a pair of free throws from Toledo's Matt Smith. Making 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, Eastern would take a 16-13 lead.
A nearly five-minute scoring drought would haunt the Eastern as the Rockets scored the next six points to take a three-point lead of their own. Harrison finally stopped it with a jumper, and Jamell Harris (Euclid, Ohio – Euclid) added a basket to regain the lead for the Eagles, 20-19, at the 4:09 mark of the first half. Toledo would later regain the lead, taking a 24-22 lead into the break.
Both teams struggled shooting-wise in the first half, making only eight buckets. While Eastern shot 27.6 percent from the floor (8-of-29), UT made one-third of its shots, going 8-of-24 from the field. The Eagles controlled the boards, 23-16, but the Rockets were able to convert eight points off of eight turnovers.
Thompson led the way with six points for the Eagles in the first half while Harrison put together a very statistical first half. The junior from Akron, Ohio recorded five points, six rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist. Riley also added four points and seven first half boards for the Green and White.
For the hometown Rockets, Pearson recorded nine points and seven caroms off the bench in the first half. Toledo struggled from the charity stripe making only 6-of-12 attempts.
Bryant would knot the game up at 24 with the first bucket of the second half, but Toledo would answer to grab the lead as Pearson scored six of his team's first eight points of the second half, giving the Rockets a 32-26 lead. Harrison would answer with old-fashioned three-point play to make it 32-29 with 15:58 left in the contest.
Eastern would get into foul trouble with nine team fouls at the 8:58 mark of the second half, and Toledo would make free throws to increase its lead to six. A Bryant jumper would cut the lead to four, 41-37, with 8:11 to go. After nearly three minutes of no scoring, Toledo would tally four straight points, doubling its lead to eight. However, the Eagles would not go away as back-to-back threes by Harrison and Jalen Ross (Greensboro, N.C. – Greensboro Day) made it 45-43 with 3:59 left.
Ross would add another jumper in between a pair of Buckley threes, and EMU would find itself trailing, 51-45, with just 1:45 remaining in the game. Toledo would not let the Eagles get within five for the rest of the game as Pearson made six free throws to put it away, 60-52
The Green and White return to the friendly confines of the Convocation Center for a MAC cross-divisional tip against the University of Akron, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.