Saturday’s MAC Men’s Basketball Results

Updated 1/26/2014
Saturday’s MAC Men’s Basketball Results
Ohio 58, Eastern Michigan 56
Akron 82, Central Michigan 74
Miami 70, Bowling Green 65
Buffalo 75, Northern Illinois 67
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Ohio 58, Eastern Michigan 56
YPSILANTI, Mich. - Behind one of the greatest second half comebacks in program history, the Ohio University men's basketball team (14-5, 4-2) surged past Eastern Michigan (11-8, 4-2) to pick up a 58-56 win Saturday afternoon at EMU's Convocation Center.
 
Ohio trailed by 13 (51-38) with 7:45 to play before outscoring the Eagles 20-5 over the game's final minutes. Ohio trailed for 39:33 of a possible 40 minutes in the contest but never lost its intensity while going 6-of-7 from the field in the game's final minutes.
 
Junior guard Javarez Willis (Homer, La.) hit the go ahead 3-pointer for Ohio with 27 seconds remaining in the game.
 
With the victory, Ohio improves its MAC road record to 3-0 and continues its program-best away streak. Ohio has now won 11 of its past 12 MAC road contests. Overall, Ohio has won five-straight road games in 2013-14.
 
The Bobcats shot just 20.0 percent (6-30) in the first half, but put together a much-improved 46.7 percent (14-30) effort in the second half, including a 6-of-12 (.500) mark from 3-point territory. The `Cats held a +3 (45-42) edge on the glass in the game and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds - the most by Ohio since the Nov. 26 win over Mercer. Ohio distributed 14 assists on 20 made field goals and grabbed eight steals in the game.
 
Despite fouling out with five minutes to play, junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) provided an offensive spark all day for the `Cats and finished with a team-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting (3-6 3pt FG).
 
Willis tied his season high with 12 points and connected on a season-high four 3-point field goals in the game (4-8 FG, 4-7 3pt FG). Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) added 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, while junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) tallied seven points and a career-high 14 rebounds in 36 minutes on the floor.
 
Ndour and senior forward Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) knocked down four of Ohio's final six field goals. Smith finished with a season-high 10 rebounds and four points (2-3 FG).
 
Eastern Michigan scored the first nine points of the game and led 16-5 at the 11:50 mark of the first half. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Taylor pulled Ohio back within five (20-15) with 7:54 to go in the half but could not get any closer for the remainder of the stanza. The Bobcats trailed by eight (30-22) at the half after shooting just 20 percent (6-30) from the floor in the period.
 
The Eagles extended their edge to 12 (39-27) early in the second half, before a 3-pointer from Nick Kellogg cut the lead to seven (39-32) with 12:13 to play in the game. From there, EMU extended its lead to 13 (51-38) with 7:45 to play, and Ohio again began a comeback to get within seven (55-48) with 3:25 to go in the game.
 
From there, a jumper from Smith and triple from Kellogg got Ohio within two (55-53). After an Ndour jumper to tie it, Willis knocked down the key 3-pointer and the Bobcats stopped EMU on it final possession to hang on for the win.
 
The victory gave Ohio its first win in Ypsilanti since the 2005-06 season.
 
Ohio returns to action on Wednesday (Jan. 29) with a home contest against MAC West foe Central Michigan Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside the Convocation Center. Pre-game coverage on the Ohio IMG Sports Network begins at 6:30 p.m.
 
Akron 82, Central Michigan 74
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Akron Zips extended their road winning streak to four games thanks to an 82-74 win at Central Michigan on Saturday in a Mid-American Conference cross divisional matchup.
 
Akron (13-6, 5-1 MAC) won their seventh-straight against CMU and have now won 20 of its last 21 against teams from the MAC West.
 
Quincy Diggs led the Zips with 19 points as four players scored in double figures. Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell and Jake Kretzer had 15 points each while Reggie McAdams finished with 11 points.
 
Treadwell recorded his fourth-straight double-double, grabbing 14 boards. He is the first Zip since the 1990-91 season with four-straight double-doubles.
 
Blake Hibbitts led Central Michigan (7-11, 0-6 MAC) with 21 points.
 
After CMU scored the first four points to open the second half, Akron answered with seven-straight to force the Chippewas into their first timeout of the half. The Zips would lead 48-40 with 16:37 on the clock.
 
Following the Akron run, CMU would put together a 10-0 run of its own to take a 50-48 lead with 14:24 remaining. With both teams trading buckets, Kretzer hit back-to-back buckets and Diggs followed with a fastbreak layup to put the Zips back up 60-55 (10:20).
 
CMU would make one last push, tying the game at 62-all, but McAdams 3-pointer on Akron's next possession sparked a 12-1 Akron run. The Zips would lead by 11 (74-63) by the final media timeout (3:23). CMU would resort to fouling the Zips, but would not be able to close the gap.
 
Neither team was able to get a strong hold of the game through the first 12 minutes, with the largest lead by either team being five points. With the Zips leading 25-24 following a Carmelo Betancourt 3-pointer (6:58), the Chippewas used a 10-1 run to open a 34-26 advantage with 4:36 to go in the half.
 
A Pat Forsythe layup with 1:52 remaining capped off a 10-0 Zips' run to give Akron a 36-34 lead. Diggs would hit the last five points of the half, including a contested 3-pointer with 3.0 seconds left, to give UA a 41-36 halftime lead. The bucket capped off a 15-2 run over the final 4:36 of the first half for Akron.
 
Treadwell and Diggs finished the half with 10 points each while Treadwell posted five boards.
 
The Zips return home on Wednesday, Jan. 29, to play host to Ball State at James A. Rhodes Arena. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET. The contest will be a "Purple Out," with the 3,000 fans receiving purple t-shirts with the "4 Pete's Sake" logo on it. Click Here for more information on the event.
 
Miami 70, Bowling Green 65
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio—A 17-2 run with five minutes to go in the first half propelled the Miami University men’s basketball team to a 70-65 win at Bowling Green State University on Saturday evening at the Stroh Center.
 
The win was the RedHawks’ third straight and pushed Miami to 8-9 overall and 4-2 in Mid-American Conference action. Miami has now won six of its last nine games. It also was Miami’s fourth road win of the season, and the RedHawks moved to 3-1 on the road in conference play.
 
Junior guard Will Sullivan and sophomore guard Willie Moore paced the RedHawks with 16 points apiece. It was a season-high for Moore, who was 12-for-12 from the free-throw line. Senior forward Will Felder chipped in 12 points, while senior guard Quinten Rollins added 10 points and three steals in the winning effort.
 
Bowling Green (9-10; 3-3 MAC) used a 7-0 flurry to build a 14-6 lead by the 12:54 mark of the first half. Miami chiseled away and used back-to-back triples from Sullivan and a put-back dunk from Felder to close the gap. The RedHawks took their first lead of the game off a freshman guard Jaryd Eustace trey with 3:28 to go, 25-23.
 
The RedHawks used a 17-2 run from the 5:08 mark to the 0:42 mark to surge to a nine-point lead, 34-25. Moore was 6-for-6 from the free throw line late in the run to spur the RedHawks. BGSU’s Anthony Henderson drained a triple with 27 seconds left, but Miami came back with a pair of Eustace free throws to give the Red and White an eight-point halftime advantage, 36-28.
 
Miami shot a solid 54.5 percent from the field in the first half.
 
Over the opening 10 minutes of the second half, Bowling Green climbed to within two, 47-45, but Miami staged a 10-2 surge, fueled by a Sullivan four-point play and six straight points by Rollins to capture a 57-47 lead with 5:13 to go. Bowling Green hit three 3-pointers over the final 18 seconds, but Miami drained 5-of-6 free throws over that stretch to secure the five-point win.
 
Jehvon Clarke scored 22 points for the Falcons to lead all players.
 
After playing five of its last seven on the road, Miami returns home for a pair of games beginning with a 7 p.m. game against the Toledo Rockets on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
 
Prior to the game as part of the Armstrong Student Center Grand Opening Celebration, Miami Athletics and the Red & White Club will host a reception at the Armstrong Center from 5-6:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. (More Information) At halftime of the game, the fan-favorite Kings Firecrackers jump rope team will perform. Get your tickets today for an exciting week of Miami Basketball by visiting or calling the Miami Athletics Ticket office at 513-529-4329 or clicking here.
 
Buffalo 75, Northern Illinois 67
DEKALB, IL –The University at Buffalo men's basketball team gutted out a tough 75-67 victory at Northern Illinois on Saturday afternoon, putting three players in double figures as they won their 10th game of the season and they improve to 4-2 in MAC play.
 
The game was highly-contested throughout as the host Huskies got out to the early 9-2 lead, which was due in part to early turnovers from UB, who had six before the first media timeout.  However, the Bulls got their offense in synch and they were able to do something that plagued them on Thursday, which is make three pointers.
 
The Bulls hit five of their first six shots from deep, including a pair from junior Will Regan, as they opened a nine-point first half lead at 32-23 with 2:10 left.  Northern Illinois scored the final four points of the half as UB went into the break, up 34-29.
 
Buffalo regained its nine-point lead early in the second half, but a little scuffle turned into three technical fouls being handed out, including a pair to UB.  The Bulls led by six with 14:16 left when a second technical was called on Joshua Freelove, who finished the day with 13 points.  The loss of Freelove called on the emergence of other individuals and the Bulls got that from senior Auraum Nuiriankh and freshman Deyshonee Much.
 
The Huskies came back to tie the game up at 48-48, but the Bulls went on a 6-0 run, capped off on a fast break layup from freshman Shannon Evans.  Northern Illinois cut it back to two, but Evans hit another big shot, getting a friendly roll on a three-pointer to put UB back up five.
 
NIU cut it back to four with 3:01 left, but senior Javon McCrea answered with a thunderous dunk along the baseline to put the Bulls back up by six.  The Huskies didn't get any closer than five as UB hit seven of its final 10 free throws, including a 4-for-4 performance from Regan.
 
"It was a great team win for us today and I am happy with the way we responded after Thursday," said head coach Bobby Hurley.  "Anytime you can win on the road in the league you have to be happy and we had a lot of different guys step up this afternoon."
 
McCrea had his second straight 20-point game as he finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, including 13 of those points coming in the second half.  Freelove finished with 13 points as he was 6-of-7 from the floor.  Regan added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
 
Senior Jarod Oldham had seven points despite being in foul trouble for most of the day.  Evans stepped into his place and had eight points, five assists and two steals.  Sophomore Justin Moss gave really good minutes in the first half as he had six points and Nuiriankh finished with five points and three rebounds.  All nine players that saw action found the scoring column as Much had two points and one big offensive rebound on a late missed free throw from the Bulls.
 
The Bulls shot a season-best 55.6% from the floor, including 54.5% from three-point range.  After a tough start with turnovers, UB turned it over just four times in the second half.  Defensively, the Bulls held Northern Illinois to 34.5% shooting and just 3-of-17 from three-point range as they continue to be stellar at three-point defense.
 
The Huskies were led by 17 points from Aksel Bolin and 14 points from Darrell Bowie.
 
UB returns home on Wednesday night as they host Western Michigan at 7:00pm.