Wednesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Bowling Green 58, Ohio 56
Miami 86, Central Michigan 80
Toledo 77, Northern Illinois 68
Akron 78, Eastern Michigan 68
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Bowling Green 58, Ohio 56
Athens, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University men's basketball team had three players in double figures and held the Ohio Bobcats to only 6-of-22 shooting (27.3 percent) from behind the three-point line to upend the Bobcats 58-56 in the Convocation Center in Athens, Ohio.
Wednesday night's two-point victory was the first win for BGSU versus Ohio at the Convocation Center since a 52-51 win over the Bobcats back on Jan. 24, 2009.
The win is the Falcons third straight victory, all of which have come in MAC play, and pushes Bowling Green to 9-9 overall and 3-2 in league play. The loss drops Ohio to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in the MAC.
Bowling Green nearly doubled Ohio's points in the paint with a 32-18 advantage, while the Falcons also outscored the Bobcats 25-14 in points off turnovers.
BGSU also had its best performance of the year at the free throw line, as the Falcons were 11-of-13 (84.6 percent) overall for the game.
The Falcons were led by Spencer Parker's game-high 16 points, as he was 4-of-4 from the free throw line, while Jehvon Clarke and Richaun Holmes added 15 and 10 points apiece, respectively, in the win. Holmes, who was also 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, hauled in five rebounds, while fellow big man Cameron Black had seven points, six boards, two blocks and two steals in 31 minutes of play.
Ohio was led offensively by T.J. Hall's 15 points, as he was 5-of-9 from the field overall, while Maurice Ndour chipped in with 12 points and eight boards in the loss. Sharp-shooter Nick Kellogg was held to 10 points on only 3-of-6 shooting for the contest.
The tightly played contest, which saw 10 ties and 12 lead changes, went down to the wire, as BGSU saw its four point lead evaporate on two consecutive driving layups from Hall and Ndour with 5:46 to go in regulation.
After a free throw from Ohio's Stevie Taylor put the Bobcats in front by one at 51-50, Bowling Green picked up a tough runner from Parker down the right side of the lane and a rebound and two-handed slam from Holmes over the next minute to give the Falcons a three point lead at 54-51.
Following the under four minute media timeout, the Bobcats got a layup from Hall to cut the Falcons lead back to one at 54-53 with just over 3:30 to go in the game.
Two straight contested layups from Clarke over a 50 second span put the visitors in orange back in front by five at 58-53 with 1:31 on the game clock.
Ohio picked up a three-pointer from the top of the key from Hall to put the score at 58-56 in favor of the Falcons with just over a minute to go in the game.
After two BGSU timeouts on the next possession and a jump-ball call that went in favor of the Falcons, the Bobcats were forced to foul as BGSU ran off over 40 seconds off the game clock.
With just 18 seconds left in the game, BGSU's Clarke missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to give the Bobcats a chance on the defensive rebound.
Out of its final timeout, the Bobcats' Kellogg fired up a contested three-pointer from 25 feet out which barely made it to the rim where time ran out and BGSU came away with the 58-56 road win.
The Falcons got a quick layup from Anthony Henderson to open up the scoring, as BGSU took an 2-0 lead and then saw a jumper from Parker at the 18:21 mark push the Falcons back out in front by two at 4-2.
However, the Bobcats controlled the pace and flow of the game over the next several minutes, as the home team ran off 13 unanswered points to storm out to a 15-4 lead on a layup from Hall with 13:56 to play in the opening half.
After a drive to the bucket from Parker snapped the Ohio run and cut the Bobcats' lead back to single digits at nine, the BGSU defense buckled down and held the home team in white to only one made free throw over the next four minutes to retake the lead at 18-16 on a three-pointer from the right wing from Clarke with 8:34 on the game clock.
The two teams traded both baskets and the lead on numerous occasions for the remainder of the opening half until the Bobcats broke a 30-30 tie with three free throws from Travis Wilkins to close out the first half and take a 33-30 halftime lead into the break.
Ohio opened up the second half with a basket from Jon Smith to push its lead to five at 35-30, only to see the Falcons get an old-fashion three-point play from Holmes and a layup from the right block from Black to tie the score up at 35-35 with17:08 to play.
Over the next several minutes, BGSU tied the score up twice, yet could not wrestle the lead away from the home team until a layup from Parker jump started a 9-1 run by the Falcons who took a 48-43 lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.
BGSU countered an 8-2 run by the Bobcats, who took the lead at 51-50, with an 8-6 edge over the final 5:46 of the game to upend Ohio 58-56.
The two straight wins marks the first time that the Falcons have won on the road at both Western Michigan and Ohio in the same season since the 1990-91 campaign.
Bowling Green (9-9, 3-2 MAC) will return home to host the Miami Redhawks on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. as one of the many BGSU athletic events going on over the Alumni Weekend. The game will be broadcast by the Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. The 2013 MAC Championship Football Team will be recognized during the halftime intermission.
Miami 86, Central Michigan 80
OXFORD, Ohio – Senior forward Will Felder notched a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing a career-high-tying 13 rebounds, as the Miami University men’s basketball team defeated Central Michigan, 86-80, on Wednesday night inside of Millett Hall.
The win brought the RedHawks above the .500 mark in Mid-American Conference play with a 3-2 MAC record and improved their overall record to 7-9.
In addition to Felder, two other RedHawks found themselves in double digits on the scoring column as junior guard Will Sullivan tallied 20 points and senior forward Bill Edwards added 13 of his own.
To begin the game, Central Michigan (7-10; 0-5 MAC) got off to a quick start, taking an early 6-2 lead. Sullivan answered with a 3-pointer to kick-start a 7-0 Miami run.
The two teams exchanged points for the next several minutes, before Felder dunked the ball to give the RedHawks their largest lead so far. Miami led 32-25 with 3:49 remaining in the first half, but the Chippewas finished the half on a 4-0 spurt to cut the Miami lead to 32-29 at the intermission.
In the second half, Central Michigan came out on a strong 11-4 run. The teams found themselves deadlocked at 50 points apiece, but the RedHawks went on an 8-0 flurry and never looked back.
Miami slowly widened their lead throughout the rest of the half, holding a 76-66 advantage with two minutes left to play. CMU began fouling at that point, cutting away at their deficit but ultimately unable to come within striking distance of the ‘Hawks as Miami went on to the six-point win.
Felder notched over 19 points for the seventh time this season and the double-double was his second of the year and fourth of his Miami career. Sullivan’s 20 points were his third most of the year while Edwards’ 13 were his second most in his four games this season.
Miami heads to Bowling Green this Saturday for a 6 p.m. tip-off against the Falcons before returning home next Wednesday to take on Toledo at 7 p.m. Saturday's game will be televised on the TIme Warner Cable Sports Channel.
Toledo 77, Northern Illinois 68
TOLEDO, OH – Junior guard Justin Drummond tallied a season-high 24 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double as a Rocket to lead Toledo to a workmanlike 77-68 triumph over MAC West Division foe Northern Illinois (7-10, 1-4 MAC). The victory extended UT’s win streak to four games and improved the MAC West Division-leading Rockets’ win-loss mark to 16-2 overall and 4-1 in league play.
Drummond, who made his last nine shots, shot a team season-best 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the field and was 2-of-3 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Joining the Rockets’ co-captain in double figures were junior guard Julius Brown with 15 points as well as senior guard Rian Pearson and sophomore center Nathan Boothe with 10 points apiece. Junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon just missed a double-figure outing with nine points.
Both Pearson and Weatherspoon each tallied a season-high four assists to help the Rockets register a 50.0 field-goal percentage. UT also shot 7-of-15 (46.7) from three-point range to improve its MAC-best long-distance shooting percentage to 36.0 percent.
Toledo limited the Huskies to a 43.8 shooting mark and forced NIU to commit 17 turnovers en route to its 10th straight home win dating back to the 2012-13 campaign. The Rockets also won the battle of the boards, 32-28, in a matchup of the MAC’s top two rebounding squads.
Sophomore guard Travon Baker paced the Huskies with 17 points, while sophomore forward Darrell Bowie tallied 16 points.
Northern Illinois jumped out to an early 12-8 lead as Baker knocked down a pair of three-point bombs. UT answered quickly though and took the lead for good at 17-16 following two Drummond free throws with 10:22 to play in the first half.
Toledo didn’t extend its lead much the rest of the half until two free throws apiece from Brown and Pearson provided the Rockets a 34-26 halftime advantage.
The Huskies remained within striking distance in the second stanza until a 7-0 Rocket run put UT ahead, 60-47, with 8:15 left. Baker then hits his final trey of the contest to nearly cut Toledo’s advantage in half, 61-54, at the 6:54 mark. UT responded with a five-point burst to give it some breathing room, and the Rockets’ lead didn’t dip into single digits until the final seconds.
Toledo returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 26 for a 6:00 p.m. matchup vs. MAC East Division foe Kent State. A Whiteout will be held for the contest with 900 t-shirts being given out to UT students.
Akron 78, Eastern Michigan 68
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Jake Kretzer scored a career-high 25 points and Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell posted his third-straight double-double as the Akron Zips defeated Eastern Michigan 78-68 on Wednesday night in a Mid-American Conference cross-divisional matchup.
Krezter finished the game connecting on 9-of-18 from the field, including 7-of-12 from 3-point range, to go with seven boards. The last Zips' player with seven or more made 3-pointers in a game was Jami Bosley, who made eight threes at Bowling Green on Feb. 11, 1998.
Treadwell finished with 18 points, 11 boards and a career-high five blocked shots, while Quincy Diggs pitched in with 14 points, seven boards and a personal-best four swats.
As a team, the Zips connected on 46.6 percent from the field (27-of-58) and 52.6 percent from behind the arc (10-of-19). Akron (12-6, 4-1 MAC) blocked 14 shots, one shy of the school record, and had 19 assists on 27 made buckets. Carmelo Betancourt had eight of those assists, a career high for the sophomore.
Karrington Ward led Eastern Michigan (11-7, 3-2 MAC) with 20 points.
The Eagles scored eight early points, closing the gap to 43-27 by the 17:24 mark, forcing the Zips to use their first timeout of the game. EMU cut the Akron lead to nine (47-38) with 12:06 to go thanks to three-straight buckets. Treadwell would push the lead back to double digits at the free throw line as part of nine-straight from the senior.
A 3-pointer by Kretzer and a bucket by Treadwell gave Akron a 56-41 advantage with just over nine minutes remaining. The Zips' lead would hover around 10 points for most of the half, before the Eagles would send the Zips to the line to extend the game in the final two minutes.
The Zips hit 8-of-10 free throws over the final 1:36 to ice the win.
Akron opened the game on fire, hitting its first four shots from the field to take a 10-0 lead, forcing EMU to call its first time out just 2:53 into the game. The Zips would lead 12-0 before the Eagles got on the board at the charity stripe with 14:27 to go in the half (12-1).
The Zips' lead would grow to 17 points (20-3) with 11:11 to go thanks to the shooting of Kretzer. He opened the game shooting 6-of-7 from the field (4-of-4 from long range) for 16 points over the first 8:49.
With the Zips' lead down to 20-9 with 9:14 remaining, Akron scored 13 of the next 17 points to push its advantage to 20 points (33-13) with 4:35 to go before the intermission. Akron would take a 39-19 lead into the locker room.
UA finished the half shooting 51.9 percent from the field (14-of-27) and 66.7 percent from 3-point range (8-of-12). Both teams had 21 rebounds and seven turnovers, while the Zips had 10 blocked shots.
The Zips will conclude their two-game road trip through Michigan on Saturday when they face Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET.