Wednesday’s MAC Men’s Basketball Results

Updated 12/18/2013

Wednesday’s MAC Men’s Basketball Results

Akron 79, Detroit 60

Northern Illinois 55, Loyola (Ill.) 49

No. 20/22 UMass 83, Ohio 71

UMKC 69, Miami 55

Drake 71, Western Michigan 68

 

Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

 

Akron 79, Detroit 60

Boxscore

AKRON, Ohio – A 25-6 run to start the second half gave the Akron Zips enough momentum to recover from a slow start and defeat the Detroit Titans 79-60 on Wednesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.
 
The Zips (5-2) trailed by as many as 14 in the first half, but out-scored the Titans 58-30 in the second half while shooting 71.4 percent from the floor and 75.0 percent from 3-point range in the final 20 minutes.
 
Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell led all scorers with a career-high 22 points to go with 13 boards for his second-consecutive double-double and third of the season. Treadwell went 12-of-15 from the charity stripe and 5-of-8 from the field.
 
Nyles Evans posted 17 total points, going 3-of-5 from 3-point range, along with five rebounds and three dimes. Jake Kretzer recorded 11 points while Quincy Diggs dished out seven assists and scored 10 points of his own.
 
Anton Wilson led the Titans (5-7) in scoring with 16 points.
 
Akron shot 26-of-54 from the field (48.1 percent) and 11-of-21 from 3-point range (52.4 percent), while winning the rebounding battle 44-29. Akron had 12 turnovers to just seven by Detroit.
 
A slow start by the Zips allowed the Titans to take an early 9-0 lead. Akron was unable to find the net until the 15:18 mark.
 
UA trailed by as many as 14 points in the first half until an Evans triple followed by two back-to-back trips to the line by Treadwell allowed Akron to close in on the Titans, trailing 22-15 with 4:07 left in the first half.
 
The Zips and Titans traded buckets until the end of the half, as Akron trailed 21-30 at halftime.
 
Akron returned to the floor after the half and was able to double their halftime score just 5:16 into the second half. By the midway point of the final half, the Zips had pushed their lead to double digits, an advantage that would not dip below 13 the rest of the night.
 
The Zips will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the 2013 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, opening the tournament against Oregon State on Sunday, Dec. 22. Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

 

Northern Illinois 55, Loyola (Ill.) 49

Boxscore

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Trailing by 14 at the half, the Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team outscored Loyola-Chicago, 41-21, in the second half to earn a 55-49 victory on Wednesday night at Gentile Arena. 
 
Sophomore guard Travon Baker (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Consortium) scored a team-high 14 points and junior guard Aaron Armstead (Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan/San Jose City College) scored all 12 of his points in the second half in NIU’s comeback victory. 
 
More to come. 

 

No. 20/22 UMass 83, Ohio 71

Boxscore

ATHENS, Ohio- The Ohio University men's basketball team (7-3) ran into a potent UMass offense Wednesday evening during a 83-71 set back to the No. 22/20 Minutemen (10-0) at the Convocation Center.

 
Ohio was within six (53-47) with 16 minutes to play in the game, but UMass put the game out of reach by holding a +14 advantage (27-13) over the next 13 minutes of action
 
Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) and senior guard Nick Kellogg(Westerville, Ohio) both scored in double figures, finishing with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Ndour also added six rebounds and two blocks in 29 minutes on the floor. 
 
The Minutemen posted Ohio opponent season highs in points (83) and field goal percentage (.615) in an impressive all-around offensive effort. UMass dished out 20 assists on 32 made baskets and held a 36-34 edge on the glass.
 
Ohio shot 41.8 percent (28-67) in the game and bolstered its transition offense with nine steals in the contest. But the 'Cats struggled from 3-point territory (5-21, .238) and were outscored 40-32 in the paint.
 
A pair of seniors also played well for the Bobcats, with forward Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) notching eight points and eight rebounds and guard/forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) chipping in eight points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes on the floor. 
 
UMass posted 14 of the first 19 points of the contest and led 20-10 with 10 minutes to play in the opening stanza. A 3-pointer from Johnson cut the Massachusetts lead to six (25-19), but the Minutemen responded with a 7-0 run to extend its advantage to 13 (32-19) with 6:40 to go in the half.
 
Ohio moved back within eight at 40-32 on a strong finish from Hall, but UMass posted five of the final seven points of the stanza to take a 45-34 lead into the break. The Bobcats raced out of the gate in the second half and used an electric 7-1 run to pull within six (53-47) just five minutes into the period. From there, UMass answered with a 9-0 run to go back up by 15 (64-49) with 12:49 to play.
 
Two buckets by Jon Smith and a 3-point play from Treg Settymoved Ohio back within eight (64-56) with 8:53 to play, but that's as close as the Bobcats would get, as UMass put together an 8-1 run to lead by 16 (75-59) with 4:48 to play in the contest.
 
Ohio returns to action on Sunday (Dec. 22) with a 1 p.m. matchup at Richmond. Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Network begins at 12:30 p.m.

 

UMKC 69, Miami 55

Boxscore

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Despite a 10-0 start to open the game, the Miami University men’s basketball team suffered a 69-55 loss at the University of Missouri Kansas City (3-7) on Wednesday night at Municipal Auditorium.
 
Sophomore guard Geovonie McKnight led the RedHawks with 11 points, while senior forward Will Felder tallied 10 rebounds.
 
The RedHawks (2-6) got off to an impressive start, opening the game on a 10-0 surge over the first 4:24 of the game. Freshman forward Joshua Oswald scored six of his eight first-half points during the opening flurry. Miami then went eight minutes without scoring a field goal, collecting three free throws during that stretch.  
 
After a 15-15 tie with 7:26 to go in the first stanza, UMKC closed out the half on a 15-6 run to carry a 30-21 lead into the intermission. Miami’s last points of the half came with seven seconds left McKnight sunk a long jumper to cut the Miami deficit to single digits.
 
McKnight continued scoring points for the RedHawks, collecting the RedHawks’ first seven points of the second half. The Kangaroos, however, continued to extend their lead pushing it to a game-most 26 points with 5:35 to go, 64-38. Miami tried to stage late flurry, cutting the deficit to 12 off a sophomore forward Brian Oddo triple, but it was not enough.
 
Four Kangaroos scored in double figures, led by Nelson Kirksey’s 13 points.
 
Miami concludes a two-game road trip when the RedHawks travel to Tennessee State for a game on Saturday, Dec. 21. The game time has been moved to 5 p.m. (ET).

 

Drake 71, Western Michigan 68

Boxscore

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Western Michigan men's basketball team fell just one possession short in a difficult road contest, as the Broncos dropped a narrow 71-68 decision to the Drake Bulldogs at the Knapp Center on Wednesday. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 5-5 on the season; they will return home to host Prairie View A&M on Saturday, Dec. 21 in University Arena at 2 p.m.
 
David Brown finished the game with a game-high 23 points in 36 minutes of play, shooting 7-of-15 from the floor while also recording two steals and a blocked shot. Connar Tava recorded 16 points and nine rebounds, while Taylor Perry tied a career-high with a game-high 11 rebounds against the Bulldogs. Shayne Whittington also added 15 points.
 
The Broncos had their best shooting night in several weeks of play, going 24-of-53 (.450) from the floor to record their 68 points. WMU finished just one rebound shy of the Bulldogs, though, coming just short at 33-32, and the Broncos shot just 15-of-24 from the free throw line.
 
Drake re-took the lead with a lay-up make from Jacob Enevold at the 4:38 mark to make it 59-57, and Enevold later made a free throw to turn it into a three-point game. However, Brown drew contact on a lay-up with 3:53 remaining to pull the Broncos to within one point, and made the ensuing lay-up to tie it at 60-all. The Broncos took a 64-62 lead with 1:35 remaining on the clock on a hook shot from Whittington, but Richard Carter made a free throw with 1:07 on the clock to pull within one point, and Seth VanDeest picked up an offensive rebound and laid it in to put Drake ahead 65-64. Tava countered with a drive and a make at the 0:44 mark to put WMU ahead 66-65, but the Bulldogs scored five straight to take the 70-66 lead. Brown pulled WMU to within two points with a pair of free throw makes with five seconds remaining, but the Bulldogs held the Broncos off en route to the 71-68 win.
 
The Bulldogs opened the second half on an 8-4 run, taking a 41-40 lead on the Broncos thanks to a lay-up from Daddy Ugbede at the 16:02 mark.  From there, though, the Broncos embarked on a 9-0 run, a rally that began with 15:04 remaining in the half when Austin Richie hit an open three-pointer from the left wing to make it 43-41.  Brown followed it up with coast-to-coast drive and lay-up at the 13:54 mark, ripping the ball from the hands of Jacob Enevold on defense and laying it in through contact.  Brown wrapped up the run with a right-handed lay-up coming in from the wing, soaring over the Drake post players for the score to make it 49-41 with 11:31 remaining.
 
The two teams battled through an extremely even, defense-oriented first half, with neither team building a lead of more than two possessions. Drake struck first when Chris Caird hit a three-pointer less than a minute in, but Whittington made a 15-foot jumper on the next possession and Brown gave WMU a 5-3 lead with a triple from the right corner at the 17:57 mark. Richie closed out the 7-0 run with a jumper from just inside the three-point line with 16:59 left in the first half, but the Bulldogs responded with a 13-4 run of their own, topping it off with a putback tip from Jacob Enevold to make it 16-11.
 
The Broncos fought their way back, though, and from there things were nip-and-tuck as the teams traded the lead five more times before the close of the half. Whittington re-took the lead for the Broncos with a spinning hook shot with 6:17 remaining, making it 21-20, and Tava drove for a lay-up at the 5:19 mark to make it 23-22. Richie banged home a three-pointer from the left wing to give the Broncos a 26-24 lead, and the Broncos never again trailed the Bulldogs in the first half. Tava made it a four-point edge with 3:10 remaining as he watched his lay-up bounce off the iron several times before falling in, and snapped 31-all tie at the 2:10 mark with a free throw. Whittington closed the scoring for the Broncos in the first half with a last-second jumper, pulling down the offensive rebound from Perry's missed three-pointer and pulling the trigger with fractions of a second remaining to put WMU up 36-33 at the half.