Wednesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/21/2013
Wednesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Ohio 65, Morgan State 62 
Xavier 77, Miami 51 
North Dakota State 83, Western Michigan 74
Story courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Ohio 65, Morgan State 62 
BALTIMORE – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (3-1) overcame a late second half deficit to grind out a 65-62 victory over Morgan State (0-4) Wednesday evening at Hill Field House.
The Bobcats trailed for most of the contest and were behind by four points (56-52) with eight minutes to go. But Ohio rallied to take a 60-58 lead with three minutes to play and broke a 60-60 tie on a three-point play from junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) with two seconds remaining. The game-clinching bucket sent Ohio home with its first road victory of the season.
After shooting just 34.6 percent (9-26) in the first half, Ohio put together a much-improved 52.2 percent clip (12-23) in the second half to surge ahead for the win. The Bobcats held Morgan State to a 37.3 percent (22-59) mark from the floor and a 23.5 percent clip (4-17) from 3-point territory.
Ohio has now held all four opponents under 30 percent shooting from beyond the arc this season.
Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal led the Bobcats with 13 points and eight rebounds, including two big buckets down the stretch to help Ohio take the lead. Fellow junior Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) put together his best game in a Bobcat uniform, with 11 points off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting.
Taylor added nine points in 23 minutes of action, while senior forward Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) posted all nine of his points in the second half to go along with a team-high three blocks on the night.
Morgan State posted nine of the first 13 points of the contest, before Ohio answered with an 8-1 run to take a 12-10 lead with 9:24 to go in the first half. From there, Morgan State put together an 11-1 surge to build an eight point lead (21-13), and Ohio played catch up for much of the final minutes of the stanza.
The Bobcats cut the lead to three (22-19) on two free throws from senior guard/forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) with 3:47 to play in the half. The Green & White closed to within one (31-30) entering the break after Ndour found sophomore Treg Setty (Maysville, Ky.) for a lay-in as time expired in the frame.
Ohio took its first lead of the second half (40-39) on a 3-pointer from senior Travis Wilkins (Springfield, Mo.), but Morgan State rallied to take a four-point lead (50-46) at the 10:47 mark of the stanza. With the Bears up 56-52, the Bobcats began to mount their comeback.
A lay-in from Smith and free throws from senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) gave Ohio a 57-56 lead with 4:30 to play. The Bears re-took the lead at 58-56, before Ndour drained a three from the top of the key 3:09 to give Ohio a lead (60-58) it would never relinquish.
The Bears’ Anthony Hubbard tied the score at 62-62 with 38 seconds to play, but the clutch 3-point play from Taylor with time winding down clinched the game for Ohio. After not winning a non-conference road game last season, the Green & White are now 1-1 on the road this season.
The Bobcats now return to Athens for a three-game homestand inside the Convocation Center. Ohio starts it off Saturday (Nov, 23) with a match-up against Heidelberg at 2 p.m.
Xavier 77, Miami 51 
CINCINNATI--The Miami University men’s basketball team dropped a 77-51 decision on Wednesday night to Xavier University. The contest was the 100th meeting between the two teams and was played inside the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Miami (0-3) and the Musketeers traded baskets for much of the first half and following a jumper by sophomore center John Hawkins the game was tied at 15-15 with 12:34 left in the opening frame. XU concluded the first half on a 21-9 run to take a 36-24 advantage into the locker room.
In the first half XU made 5-of-10 three-pointers while the RedHawks connected on just 2-of-12 buckets from behind the arc. For the game, Xavier was 9-of-21 from three, while Miami was 5-of-23 on three-pointers.
Xavier (4-0) outscored the Red and White 41-27 in the second half.
Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight led Miami in scoring with 10 points. Senior forward Will Felder and freshman forward Joshua Oswald each finished with eight points. Oswald, who established a new career-high in scoring, was a perfect 2-for-2 from behind the arc.
Senior guard Quinten Rollins led Miami with five rebounds and freshman guard Jaryd Eustace finished with four boards and tied for a team-high with three assists. Senior center Blake McLimans finished the contest with five blocks, tied for the fifth-most in school history.
Xavier finished the game 30-of-59 shooting compared to Miami’s 20-of-53 and out-rebounded the RedHawks 42-25.
Up next for the Red & White will be a home contest versus Wilmington College Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. inside Millett Hall.
North Dakota State 83, Western Michigan 74
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan men's basketball team had their 14-game non-conference home win streak snapped on Wednesday, as the Broncos fell behind early against the North Dakota State Bison and were unable to entirely catch up, losing by a score of 83-74. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 3-2 overall on the season.
David Brown caught fire in the second half of the game, pouring in 19 of his career- and game-high 27 points in the final 20 minutes of play. He shot 9-of-21 from the field and drew contact as well, finishing 8-of-10 from the free throw line to pad his total. Connar Tava and Shayne Whittington each added 16 points, while Whittington finished just one rebound shy of his third straight double-double performance.
The difference in the game came in shooting from the field; the Bison went 31-of-53 for a 58.5 percent mark from the floor, while the Broncos shot just 23-of-53 (.434) from the field. The difference more even more pronounced in the first half, as the Bison shot 68.2 percent from the field and limited the Broncos to just a 36.0 percent mark.
The Broncos' best chance to come back in the game came late in the second half, when they erased what was a one point a 15-point deficit to pull within two possessions in the final minutes. Tucker Haymond scored on a fast break lay-up after Austin Richie grabbed a defensive rebound and advanced the ball to Haymond on the fast break, making it 69-58 with 5:05 to play; Haymond swiped the ball from Lawrence Alexander on the next play and advanced it to Brown, who laid it in to make it just a nine-point game.
The Bison lead dipped into single digits for good at the 2:35 mark on a lay-up from Brown, and a technical foul from NDSU's Taylor Braun at the 1:31 mark afforded Brown the opportunity to shoot four free throws. He made three of the four, cutting the Bison lead to 75-69. The closest the Broncos got came less than a minute later, when a pair of free throws from Tava slashed the lead to 77-72. North Dakota State was able to break the Broncos' press just enough to continue attacking, however, sinking their free throws to close out the nine-point win.
The Broncos took the lead early in the game by opening on a 5-2 run, with Brown capping the rally at the 17:44 mark with a fast break lay-up. Whittington tipped a ball back in at the 14:42 mark to briefly give WMU a 7-6 lead, but the Bison used an 11-0 run to take a 17-7 lead with 11:42 left in the half. Kellen McCormick drained a three from the corner to cut the lead to seven points, but the Bison continued to advance, taking a 10-point lead on a jumper by Kory Brown at the 6:04 mark and reached a high-water mark of a 12-point edge at the 1:34 mark of the half.