Thursday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Toledo 95, Boston College 92
Eastern Michigan 69, Robert Morris 64
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Toledo 95, Boston College 92
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Toledo rallied for an exciting 95-92 victory over Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College on Thursday evening to improve its record to 2-0 on the young season.
Junior guard Julius Brown paced the Rockets with a game-high 23 points and 10 assists, while junior guard Justin Drummond tallied 20 points and a team-best five boards. Joining the duo in double figures were sophomore center Nathan Boothe and junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon with 17 and 13 points, respectively.
UT shot 57.1 percent in the contest, including a sizzling 69.6 percent in the second stanza. The Rockets also outrebounded the Eagles, 31-27, and dominated the glass by a 20-7 margin in the final 20 minutes.
Toledo trailed 48-40 at the half but took its first lead since early in the opening frame on Brown’s fadeaway jumper with 55 seconds left. Drummond then knocked down two free throws to extend the Rockets’ lead to four points, 90-86, and UT hit five of its next six free throws to seal the game.
Toledo returns home on Monday, Nov. 18 to host Florida A&M in Savage Arena. Tip-off time is set for 7:00 p.m.
More details on tonight’s will be provided later this evening.
Eastern Michigan 69, Robert Morris 64
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) -- The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team won its matchup against Robert Morris University, Nov. 14. The Green and White went from trailing throughout the majority of the first half to combining in a stellar defensive and offensive effort to top the Colonials, 69-64. With the win, the Eagles improve to 3-0, while RMU falls to 2-1 after suffering its first setback of the 2013-14 campaign.
Eastern was led offensively by redshirt-freshman Ray Lee (Detroit, Mich.-Romulus), who put up a career-high 21 points and four steals. Karrington Ward (Lockport, Ill.-Lockport Township (Moraine Valley CC)) recorded the first double-double of his EMU career, as he posted 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, both career-highs for the junior transfer, it was also the first double-double by an Eagle since Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich.-Detroit Country Day (Syracuse)) scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Northern Illinois University, March 11, 2013. Olalekan Ajayi (Winston Salem, N.C.-Quality Education Academy) also contributed off the glass, grabbing 10 boards of his own. The squad rejected a total of 13 shots, led by Riley and Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich.-Oak Hill Academy (Arkansas)) with four blocks each, while Ward and Ajayi contributed two of their own.
The Green and White shot 20-of-48 from the field, good for a 41.7 percentage, while holding the Colonials to a 37.1 percent clip. Over one third of the points on the evening came from behind the charity stripe, as the Eagles went 28-of-42 on free throws. The 28 successful singles mark the ninth-most made free throws in Convocation Center history, while the 42 attempts earn their place in EMU laurels as seventh-most in the history of the Eagles' home court. Eastern out-rebounded the Colonials 45-35 and also forced 11 turnovers in the victory.
The Colonials took an early 5-1 lead before Ward was able to light a fire under the Eagle offense, sinking two free throws and a turnaround sideline jumper. The Colonials built a 12-5 lead over the Green and White as a handful of Eastern shots were unable to find their way through the rim before Bryant elevated for a high-release jumper to put the Eagles within five points.
Despite back-to-back Riley blocks in a tussle under the Robert Morris hoop, Jeremiah Worthem was able to find his way through the wall of Bryant and Riley to put up an additional two points for the Colonials. A pair of free throws from Lee sent the Eagles into double digits, still trailing 16-10.
A steal under the basket by Bryant increased the opportunities to score, as the senior forward drilled another jumper. Bryant kept up his aggressive play as he blocked an outside shot, which was recovered by Ajayi as he leapt off court to keep the ball in play.
Robert Morris quickly accumulated seven points in 20 seconds to increase the lead to 23-12, but Mike Talley (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale ABT (Duquesne)) drove to the basket and drew a foul off a made layup, which he used to convert the play into a three-point contribution and start off a 9-4 run for the Green and White.
Lee traveled down the court for a fastbreak score, and as the Colonials moved the ball up the court to Mike McFadden under the basket, Ajayi kept the player at bay while Bryant came sprinting down court to bound over McFadden and reject his shot. Bryant would deny McFadden once more, placing the ball in Jalen Ross (Greensboro, N.C.-Greensboro Day School) hands, who found Lee on a path to the basket to throw down a dunk and bring the contest within one point at 28-27. Lee was the next to score again for the Eagles, as a layup tied up the contest at 29 points apiece.
Hot on a scoring streak, Lee ran the clock down before pulling back to drain a three-pointer with four seconds remaining in the half, giving the Eagles their first lead of the evening as the team ran off the court in high spirits to reconvene in the locker room.
EMU was led by Lee at the half with 12 points after scoring nine of his winners in the last three minutes of the period. Ward added 10 of his own, thanks in large part to going a perfect 8-of-8 from behind the charity stripe, and pulled down a team-high five rebounds. Riley and Bryant held down the defensive front, as each rejected three Colonial shots while Bryant grabbed two steals.
The Eagles were the first to score in the second half of the matchup, as Ward recovered a missed Colonial dunk and found Lee for a fastbreak layup. Lee quickly switched into a defensive mode, snatching the rock from RMU's Anthony Myers-Pate to score another quick double, increasing the lead to 36-29 in the opening minutes.
McFadden was able to score the first pair of points for the Colonials with a quick shot under the basket, but Bryan retaliated on the Eagles' side by breaking through the RMU defense to score one off the glass. Lee continued to be a dominant scoring option, as another fastbreak layup gave the Eagles a nine-point advantage, leading 40-31.
A dish from J.R. Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind.-Snider) to Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio-St. Vincent-St. Mary (Wyoming)) pushed the scoring margin to 11 points, but Robert Morris continued to chip away at its deficit by looking to its players in the paint to score its next eight points. Talley sunk a pair of free throws, after which Ward pulled down a rebound under the RMU basket and handed off to Talley while bounding down the hardwood to draw the defenders and leave a lane open for a Talley fastbreak layup to keep the Green and White in the lead with a 50-41 advantage.
Despite the Colonial offense finding ways to score, the Eagles retained their lead over the evening's opponent. After forcing a RMU turnover, Talley stepped left, then curled around the right elbow to open up a quick path to Bryant for an easy two. Bryant continued to pace the offense in the second half by directing an offensive board through the net to extend the Eagle lead to 57-48.
Robert Morris continued to battle and was able to score an additional seven points within one minute, but a series of fouls conceded six successful Eagle free throws. Still in the lead, 65-58, with one minute left in regulation time, Ajayi landed an additional free throw to turn the contest into a three-possession game. Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones hit a three-pointer apiece within 10 seconds of each other, cutting the lead to 66-64, but Ward hit a crucial pair of free throws to ward off the prospect of a lead change.
Anderson attempted another triple that rolled out into the hands of Ward, who drew a foul and added one more point to bring the Green and White up, 69-64. The Colonials threw up another two three-point attempts, but to no avail as the clock ran down with the Eagles secure in their victory.
The Eagles will remain in the Convocation Center for their next two contests. EMU will play host to Cleveland State, Monday, Nov. 18, and Texas-Arlington Saturday, Nov. 23. Both contests are slated for a 7 p.m. tip-off and are a part of the 2013 Keightley Classic.