Saturday’s MAC Men’s Basketball Results

Updated 1/19/2014
Saturday’s MAC Men’s Basketball Results
Toledo 75, Akron 61
Miami 64, Ball State 52
Buffalo 71, Kent State 60
Eastern Michigan 72, Central Michigan 59
Ohio 65, Northern Illinois 46
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Toledo 75, Akron 61
Boxscore
AKRON, OH - Junior guard Julius Brown scored a season-high 25 points and junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon tallied a career-best 20 points and 14 boards to propel Toledo to a convincing 75-61 victory at Mid-American Conference East Division leader Akron. The victory improved the Rockets’ record to 15-2 overall and 3-1 in league play, while the Zips fell to 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the MAC.
 
The Rockets, who dominated the glass at both ends with 16 offensive and 26 defensive boards, outrebounded the Zips by a 42-28 margin to end a seven-game losing streak vs. Akron. Toledo’s victory also snapped the Zips’ 18-game win streak against the MAC’s West Division. 
 
Sophomore center Nathan Boothe also was in double figures for UT, scoring 10 points while grabbing seven rebounds and a career-high three steals and tying for the team lead with three assists. Weatherspoon, who notched his second double-double in his last three games, also slammed home four dunks and now has a team-high 29 flushes this season.
 
Senior forward Demetrius Treadwell topped Akron with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
 
Toledo held a slim advantage in the shooting department, posting a 44.4 FG% and limiting the Zips to a 41.7 shooting mark. UT also shot 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from three point range with a 73.7 FT% (14-of-19) compared to Akron’s 26.3 3PTFG% (5-of-19) and 59.3 FT% (16-of-27).
 
The Rockets registered 12 assists with 11 turnovers, while the Zips notched 11 assists and 13 miscues..
 
UT opened the game strong by scoring the first six points and led until the Zips scored 10 unanswered points to take a 15-11 advantage with 11:12 remaining in the first half.
 
The Rockets quickly responded and Brown’s three-point play put UT ahead to stay, 18-16, just over eight minutes before the half. Toledo proceeded to increase its lead to 25-17 with a pair of Weatherspoon free throws, a three-point field goal from freshman guard Jonathan Williams and a Weatherspoon layup.
 
After the Zips cut the Rockets’ lead to 30-28, UT scored the half’s final seven points to hold a 37-28 cushion at intermission.
 
 Akron went to Treadwell at the start of the second half and the all-conference performer responded by scoring his team’s first 10 points. But Toledo answered each time and a 7-0 spurt capped off by freshman guard Jordan Lauf’s layup put the Rockets up, 53-39, with 12:34 to play. Lauf then hit two free throws three minutes later to give UT its largest lead, 60-42, as it coasted to the win.
 
The closest the Zips came the rest of the way was 11 points, 60-49 with six minutes remaining.
 
Toledo returns home for a pair of home games next week, hosting Northern Illinois on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. and Kent State on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 6:00 p.m.
 
Miami 64, Ball State 52
Boxscore
MUNCIE, Ind.—Senior forward Will Felder led three RedHawks in double figures with 19 points as the Miami University men’s basketball team collected a 64-52 win at Ball State University on Saturday afternoon.
 
The win evened the RedHawks’ Mid-American Conference record at 2-2 and improved their overall record to 6-9.
 
Freshman forward Jaryd Eustace tied a career high with 13 points, while sophomore guard Willie Moore chipped in 12 points and a career-high five steals, which led all players.
 
Eustace scored 11 first-half points to lead the RedHawks to a 35-17 halftime advantage. Miami used a 13-0 run from the 11:02 mark on a Eustace layup to the 8:30 mark on a Felder layup to push its lead to 14, 21-7. During its run until the Cardinals (3-12; 0-4 MAC) scored a basket with 7:39 to go in the half, Miami caused eight straight BSU turnovers. Ball State cut the gap to 10 with a 4-0 spurt, but Miami extended its lead to 18, 29-11, with an 8-0 surge that included a pair of buckets from Eustace.
 
The Cardinals rattled off five straight points, but Miami closed the half on a 6-1 flurry to carry an 18-point lead into the intermission. BSU committed 14 turnovers in the opening half, which Miami converted into 18 points. Miami knocked down 15 field goals to Ball State’s five in the first frame.
 
Miami pushed its lead to 23 early in the second half as the RedHawks got a 3-point play from Felder and a layup from junior guard Will Sullivan with 18:39 to go to make the score 40-17. The Cardinals closed within 18 points, but at 9-1 Miami run that included a trio of buckets and a pair of steals from Moore extended the RedHawk lead to 26 with 10:26 to play, 54-28. The Cardinals chiseled away at the RedHawk lead over the remainder of the game and cut the gap to 12 with 33 seconds to go to make that the final margin.
 
Zavier Turner paced the Cardinals with 24 points to lead all players.
 
Miami shot 57 percent from the field in the second half to push the RedHawks’ shooting percentage to 51.9 percent for the game. The Cardinals committed 22 turnovers, which Miami converted into 28 points, and the RedHawks amassed 13 steals.
 
The RedHawks return home to host Central Michigan at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22. With the CMU as the other MAC program Charlie Coles guided, Miami will honor the memory of Coach Coles at halftime of the game.
 
Buffalo 71, Kent State 60
Boxscore
BUFFALO, NY - A season-high 25 points from junior Will Regan helped lead the University at Buffalo men's basketball team to a 71-60 victory over Kent State, Saturday evening at Alumni Arena.  Regan had 19 points in the second half as the Bulls outscored the Golden Flashes, 44-31, over the final 20 minutes of play.  The victory improves UB to 9-5 on the year and 3-1 in the league, while the Bulls remain a perfect 8-0 at Alumni Arena.
 
UB quickly erased a five-point deficit in the second half as Regan knocked down a triple for the first three of his 19 second-half points.  The Golden Flashes continued to lead 36-34 when the Bulls went on an 18-4 run in just over five minutes to take the lead 52-40 with 10:25 left.  The final three points came from the free throw line as freshman Shannon Evans was fouled on a three-point attempt.  The Bulls continued to increase their lead and a pair of free throw by Regan gave the Bulls a 59-43 advantage with 6:41 left.  The 16-point lead was Buffalo's largest of the night.
 
Kent State pulled within 10 at 65-55, but UB quickly went on a 6-0 run to regain that largest lead at 71-55 with 53 second left.  The Golden Flashes scored the final five points of the game.
 
The Bulls shot 46.4% in the second half, including 45.5% from three and more importantly, turned the ball over just three times in the half.  It was a far cry from the first half when the Bulls really struggled to get anything going offensively, but was able to thank its defensive for heading into the break down just 29-27.
 
The Golden Flashes opened the night on a 10-4 run to take the early lead, but then the Bulls went on top thanks to an 9-0 run, which was capped off on a put-back tip from sophomore Justin Moss.  Kent State regained the edge, taking its largest lead of the game at 26-19 with 3:53 left in the half, but the Bulls answered with an 8-0 run late in the half as Regan converted on a three-point play to give UB the 27-26 lead.  However, Kent State got a three pointer from Devareaux Manley to take the 29-27 lead into the half.
 
"I was concerned with the psyche of our players coming off the emotional loss on Wednesday at Toledo and in the first half tonight we really helped ourselves out with our defense," said head coach Bobby Hurley.  "Our offensive was a little bit sluggish, but in the second half I thought that Will Regan was great and he got into a little rhythm inside and out and Joshua Freelove got it going after a tough first half."
 
Regan led three players in double figures, recording his first career double-double.  The 25 points were a season-high and the second most in his UB career.  The 10 rebounds, tied his career high, which he set against Drexel.
 
Freelove scored 14 points, all in the second half, while senior Javon McCrea finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists. The 12 points gave McCrea 1,700 for his UB career. Fellow senior Jarod Oldham had a solid night on both ends of the floor as he finished with nine points, four rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal.  Oldham led all players in minutes played tonight with 37.  Junior Xavier Ford added three rebounds and three steals.
 
Off the bench, Evans had six points, five assists and three steals, while not turning the ball over in 29 minutes of action.
 
The Bulls, who were able to get to the free throw line just six times in the game Wednesday night, made 23 trips to the charity stripe on Saturday, hitting 21 of those free throws, including all 13 in the second half.
 
UB also continued its strong defense, especially at the three-point line as Kent State shot just 27.3% from behind the arc, the sixth straight opponent to shoot 30% or worse from three.
 
The Bulls will now hit the road for two straight in conference play beginning on Thursday night at Ball State.  That game will tip off at 8:00 pm and air on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
 
Eastern Michigan 72, Central Michigan 59
Boxscore
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – Despite losing all three games that it has played in at McGuirk Arena, the Eastern Michigan University men's basketball team reversed the trend in Mount Pleasant, Mich. by defeating Central Michigan University, 72-59, for the first time on the road since the 2008-09 season. With the victory, Eastern is tied for the lead in the Mid-American Conference with a tally of 3-1 in MAC games, while owning an 11-6 overall record. Central is now 7-9 on the season and 0-4 in conference play. The win is Eastern's second MAC win on the road, which ties the amount of conference road games that EMU won during the 2012-13 season.
 
Mike Talley (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale ABT (Duquesne)) was the high-scorer in the game, tying his career-best 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting. In addition, Talley was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Karrington Ward (Lockport, Ill.-Lockport Township (Moraine Valley C.C.)) owned the glass for EMU pulling down a career-high 15 rebounds to go along with 15 points. Raven Lee (Detroit, Mich.-Romulus) provided 10 points off the bench, going 4-of-7 from the floor. As a team, the Green and White shot 43.8 percent from the floor (21-of-48), while knocking down 82.9 percent (29-of-35) of their shots at the charity stripe.
 
CMU had two double-digit scorers with Austin Stewart posting a team-high 15 points, while Chris Fowler added 13 of his own. Eastern held the Chippewas to just a 35.2 percent field goal percentage, while holding them to just 59 points, 16 points less than their season average.
 
After missing the first shot of the game, the Eagles pulled down an offensive rebound and Talley drained a triple to get EMU on the board first at the 19:32 mark. Central quickly marched back to a three point, 8-5 lead, but the Eagles retaliated with a 12-2 run, regaining the lead and extending it to seven with just over six minutes to go in the first half, however the Chips didn't go away quietly. Using a 9-2 run, CMU tied up the game at 19 points apiece before EMU scored six of the final eight points in the half to head into the break with a 25-21 lead.
 
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. EMU knocked down just eight of its 25 field goal attempts, for a 32 percent, while converting just one of nine triple tries. Talley led the way, scoring nine points on 2-of-4 shooting, while sinking all four of his free throw attempts. The Green and White held Central to just a 26.1 percent free throw percentage in the opening half.
 
Offense was easier to come by in the second half, as EMU shot 56.5 percent in the final 20 minutes of play. EMU knocked down 13 of its 23 field goal attempts, while also hitting 21-of-26 of its free throw chances.
 
Eastern traded buckets with the Chips through the first six minutes of play in the second half before rattling off a 13-4 run to extend the lead to 14, 51-37, with 10:29 left in the contest. Central mounted a miniature comeback, outscoring the Green and White, 17-9, in the next seven minutes, cutting the Eastern lead to just six, 60-54, with just over three minutes left in the contest.
 
The Chippewas fouled the Green and White down the stretch, in attempts to get more chances to crawl back into the game. However, over the final 180 ticks of the clock, the Eagles drained 10-of-12 free throw attempts to keep their lead intact. Central scored just five points in that span, two of which were scored by John Simons at the free throw line, while Blake Hibbetts netted a three-ball. It was EMU's stifling defensive effort that kept Central to under 60 points for just the third time this season, taking a 72-59 victory away from Mount Pleasant.
 
The Eagles return home for three-straight games, starting Wednesday, Jan. 22, when Eastern hosts the reigning MAC Tournament Champion, University of Akron, for a 7 p.m. contest at the Convocation Center. The game will be televised by the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel (TWC) in Ohio and New York, and offered to ESPN for inclusion on ESPN3, Watch ESPN and ESPN Full Court. TWC will also work with affiliates in the MAC footprint concerning distribution in Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana (Comcast Michigan, Comcast Indiana, Comcast Sports Net Chicago, Charter).
 
Ohio 65, Northern Illinois 46
DEKALB, Ill. - The Ohio University men's basketball team (13-4, 3-1) put together a historic road victory Saturday night after roaring past Northern Illinois (7-9, 1-3) by the score of 65-46 at the NIU Convocation Center.
 
With the victory, the Bobcats have now put together 10 wins in their past 11 MAC road games - the best streak in Ohio program history.
 
The Bobcats trailed 23-24 at the half, but out-scored the Huskies 42-22 in the second stanza and held the home team to just 25 percent (6-24) from the floor in the period.
 
Ohio limited Northern Illinois to a 29.2 percent (14-48) clip for the game and a 22.2 percent mark (4-18) from beyond the arc. The `Cats are now 12-0 when they hold their opponent to 70 points or less this season.
 
The Green & White put together one of their best shooting nights of the season, posting season highs in field goal percentage (25-48, .521) and 3-point field goal percentage (10-19, .526). The Bobcats also held a 33-30 edge on the glass over the league's top rebounding team and held a +10 edge (22-12) in points in the paint for the game.
 
Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) paced the Bobcats offensively with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including a 4-of-5 (.800) mark from beyond the arc. With his third triple of the game, Kellogg passed Dave Jamerson and moved into third place on Ohio's all-time 3-pointers made list.
 
Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) added 10 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) came off the bench to post nine points and two assists while knocking down a season-high three 3-point field goals. Willis' point guard counterpart, junior Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio), added seven points and two assists in 29 minutes on the floor.
 
Freshman forward Antonio Campbell (Covington, Ky.) made the most of his minutes off the bench, with six points and six rebounds in eight minutes of work.
 
The Huskies jumped out to an early 14-7 lead before Ohio pulled within two (21-19) on a 3-pointer from Javarez Willis with less than five minutes to play in the stanza. The Huskies entered the half ahead by one at 24-23.
 
Ohio shot 50 percent (10-20) in the first half but committed nine turnovers and was -3 (17-14) on the glass in the stanza.
 
The Bobcats roared out of the gate on a 10-2 to open a seven-point lead (33-26) just two minutes into the second stanza. A 3-pointer from Willis extended the edge to 13 (50-37) and a lay-in from Smith off a pretty feed from Willis extended the lead to 17 (54-37) with 10 minutes to play. The surge was part of a 19-2 run for Ohio that put the `Cats up 25 (62-37) with 4:56 to go in the game.
 
The Huskies could not move closer than 18 (62-44) for the remainder of the contest. NIU was held without a field goal for more than 10 minutes midway through in the second half. 
 
Ohio returns home for the first of two contests against Bowling Green this season. The Bobcats and Falcons will tip at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 22). Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Sports Network begins 30 minutes (6:30 p.m.) prior to tip.