Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 11/24/2013
Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Toledo 94, Florida Atlantic 74
Northern Illinois 111, St. Joseph's 61
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Toledo 94, Florida Atlantic 74
DETROIT, MI – Toledo capped off an exciting weekend in the Motor City and improved to 6-0 on the season on Sunday afternoon with a 94-74 victory over Florida Atlantic at the 2K Sports Classic Subregional. The Rockets' unbeaten start is their best in 15 years when UT opened the 1998-99 campaign with ten straight victories.
 
Junior guard Justin Drummond led the Rockets with a season-high 23 points. Also scoring in double figures were senior guard Rian Pearson with 17 points and junior guard Julius Brown and sophomore center Nathan Boothe with 12 points apiece. Freshman guard Jonathan Williams came off the bench to contribute nine points.
 
Senior guard Pablo Bertone topped the Owl attack with 29 points, while sophomore guard Jackson Trapp contributed 14 points.
 
Toledo outshot Florida Atlantic by a 51.8- 47.6 margin, but the biggest key for the Rockets was a 34-of-36 (94.4 percent) performance at the charity stripe. The Owls meanwhile converted just eight of their 18 free-throw attempts.
 
UT also took care of the ball significantly better than FAU, committing just nine turnovers compared to the Owls’ 15 miscues leading to a 21-6 advantage in points off turnovers.
 
The rebounding department was even for the Rockets for a second-straight contest as both squads grabbed 32 caroms. Junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon paced UT on the glass with a game-high eight boards.
 
The Rockets trailed for just a 20-second stretch in the contest and took the lead for good, 16-15, on a Drummond layup with 12:21 to play in the first half.  Toledo then put together a 12-2 spurt later in the stanza to extend its advantage to 38-23 just over four minutes before the halftime break.
 
UT led by as many as 18 points in the opening stanza, but Bertone nailed a trey just before the half ended to cut the Rockets’ lead to 44-29.
 
Toledo pushed its lead to 50-31 just over a minute into the second half on a Drummond steal and lay-in. Bertone then went on a scoring spree, notching the Owls’ next 15 points for the Owls to cut UT’s lead to eight, 56-48, with 14:07 to play..
 
UT finally put away FAU with 7-0 burst for an 83-63 cushion with 4:46 left.
 
Toledo will now have nine days off until returning to action with a home game vs. Detroit. Tip-off time in Savage Arena is 7:00 p.m.
 
Northern Illinois 111, St. Joseph's 61
DEKALB, Ill. -- Sophomore wing Darrell Bowie (Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep) recorded his first career double-double, scoring a career-high 23 points and grabbing a career-best 12 rebounds, as the Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team defeated Saint Joseph’s (Ind.), 111-61, on Sunday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center. 
 
Four Huskies scored in double figures, with sophomore guard J.J. Cravatta (Streator, Ill./Streator Township) adding a career-best 20 points, junior guard Aaron Armstead (Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan/San Jose City College) chipping in 13 points, and freshman center Marin Maric (Split, Croatia/La Lumiere School) recording a career-best 12 to go along with Bowie’s 23.
 
The 111 points scored by the Huskies marked the first time since Nov. 26, 2005 that NIU reached the century mark (102 vs. Aurora) and the most points scored by the Huskies since recording 121 against Rockford on Dec. 6, 2000.
 
“I thought we did a great job of getting consecutive stops, and that gave us the opportunity to get out and run,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “Our team played very unselfish, we had six guys with eight-or-more points, I thought our defense was solid and good defense led to easy offense which got us going in the first half.”
 
NIU (2-3) led by just three, 22-19, with 13:30 to play in the first half before a quick 10-3 spurt gave NIU a double-digit lead, 32-22, just over two minutes later. Cravatta opened the burst with a triple, senior forward Aksel Bolin (Asker, Norway/Asker) added a layup, Cravatta hit another three and redshirt junior Jordan Threloff (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb/Illinois State) finished the run with a layup to open the Huskie advantage. 
 
Saint Joseph’s (1-4) cut the lead back to a half-dozen, 36-30, with seven-and-a-half minutes to play in the half before NIU close the half on a 23-7 run to take a 59-37 lead into the intermission. 
 
The Huskies scored 10 of the first 12 points out of the break to open up a 30-point lead, 69-39. 
 
Sophomore guard Daveon Balls (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North) scored four points, dished out a career-best eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds for the Huskies. Freshman guard Aaric Armstead (Chicago, Ill./La Jolla Prep) scored a career-high nine points and recorded a game-high three steals. 
 
NIU outrebounded Saint Joseph’s 67-22 in the contest; the Huskies outscored the Pumas 60-20 in the paint, 41-9 on second chance points and 62-19 from the bench. NIU made just six three-point field goals in the game, four coming from Cravatta. 
 
Cameron Vines led Saint Joseph’s with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the three-point arc. 
 
NIU will return to action next Saturday, Nov. 30, when it makes its first road trip of the season. The Huskies will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to meet the Cornhuskers; game time is scheduled for 12 noon.