Wednesday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Akron 73, Ball State 46
Eastern Michigan 69, Bowling Green 57
Buffalo 84, Western Michigan 63
Ohio 71, Central Michigan 67
Northern Illinois 50, Kent State 49
Toledo 83, Miami 70
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Akron 73, Ball State 46
AKRON, Ohio – Nick Harney and Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell led four Akron players in double-figure points to help the Zips to 73-46 victory over Ball State in a Mid-American Conference matchup on Wednesday night at Rhodes Arena.
Harney and Treadwell recorded 15 points apiece as Akron (14-6, 6-1 MAC) won its third-straight game and maintained its first-place standing in the league's East Division. The Zips, who are tied with Toledo for first place in the overall MAC standings, also improved to 8-1 at home this season.
Treadwell's points came off a 5-of-8 shooting performance from field goal range and a 5-of-5 showing from the free throw line. He also tallied six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots. Harney went 6-of-8 from the floor and grabbed three boards.
Kwan Cheatham, Jr., posted a career-high 14 points for the Zips, shooting 3-of-4 from 3-point distance and 3-of-3 from the line in 19 minutes off the bench. Reggie McAdams rounded out the UA double-digit scorers with 11 points, also off the bench.
Majok Majok led Ball State (4-14, 1-6 MAC) in scoring by tying Treadwell and Harney's mark of 15 points.
The Cardinals took an early 12-6 lead in the early going, but the Zips made a 24-2 run over the next 8-plus minutes to pull ahead 30-14 following a 3-pointer by Treadwell at the 4:29 mark of the first half. UA held a 35-19 advantage at intermission.
Ball State came to within 39-33 in the opening minutes of the second period, but Akron countered with 20-5 run during which seven different players found the net. The stretch ended with the Zips ahead 57-35 with 10:25 to play. The UA lead would not dip below 20 points the rest of the way.
Akron shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the floor, 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from behind the arc and 92.9 percent (13-of-14) from the line. The Zips forced the Cardinals into 16 turnovers, which they converted into 16 points.
Ball State finished the night 34.7 percent (17-of-49) from the field, 26.7 percent (4-of-15) from long range and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the charity stripe.
The Zips are back in action on Friday when they travel to neighborhood rival Kent State for the latest installment of the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge. The contest is scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. ET and be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and ESPN3.
Eastern Michigan 69, Bowling Green 57
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — Eastern Michigan University's men's basketball team was able to snap a two-game losing skid with a 69-57 decision over Mid-American Conference opponent Bowling Green State University, Jan. 29. With the victory, the Eagles are boosted to 12-8 (4-3 MAC) while the Falcons fall to 9-11 (3-4 MAC).
The Eagles were led by the career-high night of Glenn Bryant (Detroit, Mich.-Oak Hill Academy (Arkansas)), who poured in 26 points to go with his second double-double of the 2013-14 campaign. The senior led all Eagles with 10 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. The trio of steals is also a career-high for the Detroit, Mich. native. Also notching double-digit scoring performances in the victory were Mike Talley (Detroit, Mich.-Melvindale ABT (Duquesne)), Raven Lee (Detroit, Mich.-Romulus) and Daylen Harrison (Akron, Ohio-St. Vincent-St. Mary (Wyoming)).
Collectively, the Eagles were 24-of-60 from the floor, good for 40.0 percent. The Green and White picked up its game inside the key, as over half the points came from within the paint. The team also out-rebounded the Falcons 45-36, after being held on the lower end of the battle on the boards for the previous two contests.
Bowling Green was led by Richaun Holmes, who posted 20 points to go with his nine rebounds. The Falcons shot 20-of-56 for a 35.7 percent success rate and hit 8-of-13 shots from three-point range. The Eagles forced 17 turnovers from the opposing team, seven of which resulted in a successful fastbreak finishes.
Though the Falcons were the first to get on the board, Karrington Ward (Lockport, Ill.-Lockport Township (Moraine Valley C.C.)) quickly retaliated up with a triple to get the offense going. The score would soon be knotted up at five points apiece, but the score flipped in favor of the Falcons after the team made its way to the bucket to take a quick 9-5 advantage.
The Green and White took off on an offensive tear, as Talley drained a triple and Bryant picked up a rebound to throw down one of his patented dunks to give the Eagles the lead. Talley made his way down-court to draw the foul off a layup, as his additional free throw extended the Green and White's string of points to an 8-0 run.
Harrison sank the third trey of the evening to bring the score up to 16-9, but Bowling Green battled back, bringing its deficit to just two points with eight minutes remaining in the half. The Eagles built up more of a lead as Talley dropped two dimes as he found Da'Shonte Riley (Detroit, Mich.-Detroit Country Day (Syracuse)) open in the low post for a quick slam and threw up a high-arcing alley-oop to Bryant for the second consecutive crowd-rousing play.
Bryant dropped in the next four points for the Eagles, as the Falcons relied heavily on their outside game to stay in the game. A fastbreak jumper from Harrison put the Green and White up 29-24 with three minutes to play in the half. BGSU left the lane to the rim wide open as Bryant notched his fourth and fifth dunks of the game within a minute. The senior eclipsed 20 points, scoring over half the team's tally in the first half, off a tip-in with 20 seconds remaining.
The team retreated to the locker room boasting a 39-29 advantage over the Falcons. Leading the Green and White was Bryant, who had already surpassed his career-high with 21 points in the opening period. The Detroit, Mich. native also paced the team in rebounds with seven boards and came away with a steal and one rejection. Leading the team in steals was Mo Hughley (Queens Village, N.Y.-Martin Van Buren (CSU Bakersfield)), who had two of the team's seven pick pockets. Talley, not surprisingly, was the assist leader for the half as his four helpers paved the way for the dunk show that was put on in the opening half.
The team shot 15-of-34 from the field for a 44.1 percentage, while it held BGSU to taking just 23 shots. Though the Falcons had a comparably high success rate, going 10-of-23 for 43.5 percent, the stingy Eagle defense prevented Bowling Green from putting up more attempts. The Green and White also controlled the glass, as the squad pulled down 23 rebounds compared to BGSU's 12 boards.
Opening up the second half was Lee with a jumper from just inside the arc. By overloading the right side of the court, the team left Talley wide open on the left sideline to sink a three that would give the Eagles a 44-32 edge.
The Falcons pushed back to a seven -point disadvantage courtesy of back-to-back three-pointers from Anthony Henderson, who nailed his fourth triple out of five attempts to bring the count to 47-40. Following four minutes without either team finding the opportunity to score, Bryant, who had been relatively silent for the half, recovered a fastbreak layup to slam one through for the team. A Ward steal found its way into the hands of Talley, who bounded down-court for a layup, increasing the EMU lead to 54-42 and forcing BGSU's Head Coach Louis Orr to pause action with a timeout.
Eastern extended Bowling Green's scoring drought to seven minutes before Jehvon Clark hit a shot from beyond the arc. In an interesting swap of roles, Riley threw up an alley-oop from three-point range for Bryant , picking up a prime dime off his counterpart's dynamic dunk. The play was the start of a 7-0 run, giving the Eagles a 63-48 edge with four minutes remaining.
Though the Falcons were able to find ways to score, the Green and White held off the visiting team for the remainder of the contest. As the clock ticked down, the Eagles retained the lead, closing out the game with a 69-57 victory.
The Eagles will head down to Oxford, Ohio to continue competition against MAC contenders. Saturday, Feb. 1 will feature the Green and White squaring off against the Miami University RedHawks at 3 p.m.
Buffalo 84, Western Michigan 63
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo men's basketball team put forth its most complete offensive performance of the season on Wednesday night as they defeated Western Michigan, 84-63, in front of 3,052 fans at Alumni Arena. The Bulls placed five players in double figures as they improved to 11-6 on the year and 5-2 in MAC play.
The two teams started off slowly as Western Michigan led 7-4 six minutes into the game. However, a quick line change made by head coach Bobby Hurley gave the Bulls a new sense of urgency and a new found energy that began a 29-9 run, putting the Bulls ahead 33-16 with 5:18 left in the first half. The run was ignited by the play of freshman Shannon Evans, who made pinpoint passes and smart decisions as he finished with 10 points and five assists in the first half. The play that really capped it off was a pair of no-look behind-the-back passes from senior Jarod Oldham and Evans, which landed in the hands of sophomore Justin Moss, who finished the play. Moss had his best game of his young Buffalo career, which included eight points and six rebounds in the first half. The Bulls took a 39-25 lead into the half, but came out of the break with the same energy.
The second stanza began with a thunderous dunk from senior Javon McCrea, who scored the first four points of the half. Western Michigan made a second-half run and pulled within 10 on two occasions, but Evans answered with a three pointer, which began an 8-0 UB run. The Bulls increased their second half lead to a game-high 22 points as Moss hit a pair of free throws and the Bulls went on to win by a final score of 84-63.
"Great win for our program," said Hurley. "Western [Michigan] is going to beat a lot of teams in the league and they are a good offensive team. I thought we started out a little flat and we picked it up. The intensity on defense got better and we got great contributions from a lot of players tonight."
McCrea led the way with 20 points, his third straight 20-point night. He added six rebounds and three assists, despite playing just 25 minutes due to foul trouble. He was picked up by Moss, who finished the evening with 14 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes.
Evans had one of his best overall games, finishing with 17 points and a career-high seven assists, adding three rebounds and just two turnovers. Senior Joshua Freelove scored 14 points, all in the second half, while junior Will Regan had 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Despite scoring just two points, Oldham still had an excellent night, finishing with a game-high eight assists and just one turnover, while adding five rebounds and four steals. The UB bench scored a season-high 34 points as freshman Deyshonee Much added a three-pointer. The Bulls played all 10 healthy players as they also got solid contributions from seniors Auraum Nuiriankh and Corey Raley-Ross.
As a team, the Bulls shot over 50% for the second straight game and tonight UB outrebounded WMU by a margin of 41-27. The Bulls had 15 offensive rebounds on the night.
The victory over the Broncos is UB's 16th straight against MAC West opponents at Alumni Arena.
UB hits the road this weekend and will meet a MAC East school for just the second time this year, heading to Bowling Green on Sunday afternoon. The game will tip at 2:00 pm and air on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.
Ohio 71, Central Michigan 67
ATHENS, Ohio - For the second consecutive game, the Ohio University men's basketball team (15-5, 5-2) put together a lengthy second half comeback to triumph over Central Michigan (7-12, 0-7), 71-67, on Wednesday night in the Convo.
After racing past Eastern Michigan on Saturday in the game's final minutes, Ohio again powered past its opponent to earn its second-straight victory.
Ohio faced an 18-point (48-30) deficit with 14:51 to play before sparking a 21-3 run to knot the game up at 51-51 with eight minutes remaining. The Bobcats took their first lead of the second half at the 3:25 mark when junior guard Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Ohio) connected on a free throw to give Ohio a 65-64 advantage.
The Green and White finished the game with an 11-3 run to complete the come-from-behind victory and out-scored the Chippewas by 22 (41-19) over the game's final 15 minutes.
The Bobcats shot 45.3 percent (15-30) for the game and made 15-of-30 (.500) attempts in the second half. The Green & White held a +7 (39-32) edge on the glass and grabbed 11 offensive rebounds in the game.
Junior forward Maurice Ndour (Mbour, Senegal) sparked the comeback surge with 15 second-half points. Ndour finished with 21 points and posted 11 rebounds to post his third double-double of the season.
Senior guard Nick Kellogg (Westerville, Ohio) went a perfect 8-8 from the free-throw line to finish with 15 points and tied a career-best with six assists.
Senior forward Jon Smith (Grove City, Ohio) tallied 10 points and two steals. Smith also added in nine rebounds and three blocks to mark his seventh game this season with seven or more rebounds and three or more blocks. Senior forward T.J. Hall (Gainesville, Fla.) scored nine points in the victory, including a pair of important lay-ins down the stretch. Taylor added eight points and tied a career best with four steals.
With the victory, Ohio improved to 4-0 against MAC West opponents this season. The Bobcats have now won 10-straight games against West Division teams.
Ohio looks to continue its cross-division success on Saturday (Feb. 1) inside the Convocation Center when it plays host to Toledo. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Northern Illinois 50, Kent State 49
KENT, Ohio -- The Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team rallied from a 14-point second half deficit to defeat Kent State, 50-49, on Wednesday night at the M.A.C. Center. Senior Aksel Bolin (Asker, Norway/Asker) scored a game-high 14 points and sophomore Travon Baker (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Consortium) scored 11, including two free throws with five seconds to play to give the Huskies the victory.
Redshirt junior Jordan Threloff (DeKalb, Ill./DeKalb/Illinois State) chipped in 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Huskies at Kent State, a streak that dated back to 2003.
“It was a great comeback and a great team win,” said NIU head coach Mark Montgomery. “We had three guys score in double figures and Kent State only had one, so our defensive effort was very good. When we got behind in the second half, we didn’t panic, we just said, ‘let’s get three stops in a row,’ and we were able to keep plugging away.”
A 12-0 run by Kent State early in the second half gave the Golden Flashes a 40-26 lead with 14:29 to play in the contest.
NIU (8-11, 2-5 MAC) answered with a 14-3 burst, trimming the Kent State lead to just three, 43-40. Baker started the burst with a pair of baskets, Bolin added his third triple of the night and Baker capped the run with an old-fashioned three-point play with 8:31 left.
A basket by Kent State (11-9, 2-5 MAC) pushed the lead to five, but free throws from sophomore Darrell Bowie (Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep) and Bolin pulled NIU within one, 45-44, as the Huskie run reached 14-2, with 4:29 to play.
Bowie finished with eight points and seven rebounds.
The Huskies took their first lead of the second half, 46-45, on a bucket by Bowie with 3:16 to go. Kent State answered with a dunk out of a timeout with just over two minutes left to regain the lead.
A pair of free throws from Bolin pushed the Huskies back in front, 48-47, with 30 seconds to play, but 19 seconds later the Golden Flashes were back in front following two free throws from Devareaux Manley.
Immediately after the second make, Baker pushed the ball up the floor, got to the rim and got fouled. The sophomore from Detroit stepped to the line and coolly drained both free throws to give the Huskies a 50-49 advantage with 5.2 seconds left.
Following a timeout, Kent State got across half-court and launched a desperation three, but the shot didn’t go and the Huskies finished the 14-point comeback.
Darren Goodson was the only player in double figures for Kent State, he finished with 10 points.
Kent State jumped out to an early 10-3 lead before a pair of triples from Bolin, and a short corner jumper by redshirt junior Pete Rakocevic (Chicago, Ill./Wilbraham & Monson/Sacramento State), helped the Huskies trim the Golden Flashes lead back to just one, 12-11, with 12:09 to play in the first half.
A 6-0 burst help Kent State push its lead back to seven, 18-11, but the Huskies answered with a baskets from Bowie and a pair of buckets from Threloff to cut the lead back to just one with 6:14 left in the half.
After the lead grew back to eight for Kent State, a pair of free throws from Baker and a dunk by freshman Aaric Armstead (Chicago, Ill./La Jolla Prep) cut the lead to four, 25-21, with just over a minute left in the half. A triple from Derek Jackson just before the buzzer gave the Golden Flashes a seven-point lead, 28-21, at the break.
Bolin led NIU with seven points; Jackson paced the Golden Flashes with seven. NIU shot 42.1 percent (8-of-19) while holding Kent State to just 36 percent (9-of-25) shooting, but the Golden Flashes forced 13 Huskie turnovers, turning those into 13 points, to hold the halftime advantage.
An old-fashioned three-point play by Aaric Armstead and a tip dunk by Threloff opened the second stanza, cutting the Kent State lead to just a pair, 28-26. The Golden Flashes answered with a 12-0 run to take a 40-26 lead with 14:29 to play in the contest, setting up the Huskie comeback.
NIU will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 1, when the Huskies travel to Muncie, Ind., to face Ball State. Game time against the Cardinals is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT.
Toledo 83, Miami 70
OXFORD, OH – Toledo dominated the glass and shot 55.0 percent from the field to notch a convincing 83-70 Mid-American Conference road triumph over Miami on Wednesday evening in Millett Hall. The victory improved UT’s overall record to 18-2 overall (6-1 MAC) and provided the Rockets a two-game cushion in the MAC’s West Division.
Junior guard Justin Drummond paced the Rockets for a third straight outing by notching his second double-double (14 pts.-11 reb.) in that period. Joining Drummond in double figures were sophomore center Nathan Boothe (14 pts., 3 blks.), junior forward J.D. Weatherspoon (13 pts., 6 reb.) and senior forward Matt Smith (10 pts.) Smith tied his season scoring best on 4-of-5 shooting, including 2-of-3 from beyond the three-point arc.
Three more Rockets – senior guard Rian Pearson, junior guard Julius Brown and freshman guard Jordan Lauf - scored eight points as UT utilized a balanced scoring attack. It was the 16th time in 20 outings this season Toledo had four or more players score in double figures.
Drummond’s board work keyed the Rockets owning the boards by a 44-26 margin with UT collecting more offensive rebounds (16) than Miami’s defensive caroms (15).
Toledo limited the RedHawks to a 41.5 shooting mark, including a miniscule 1-of-17 (5.9 percent) from three-point range. The Rockets limited Miami’s leading scorer and rebounder, senior forward Will Felder, to eight points and three rebounds. Sophomore Geovonie McKnight paced the hosts with 18 points with senior guard Quentin Rollins tallying 14 points.
UT committed a season-high 21 turnovers, including 13 in the second half, but was able to overcome that with a 64.0 second-half shooting mark and its strong rebounding effort.
A Weatherspoon layup put Toledo ahead to stay, 27-25, with 5:38 to play in the first half. UT then extended its cushion to six before settling for a 37-33 lead at intermission.
Drummond knocked down back-to-back treys early in the second half to push the Rockets’ lead into double digits, 49-36, with 16:12 remaining. Toledo’s lead didn’t dip below 10 points the remainder of the contest.
UT remains on the road when it visits Athens, OH to battle MAC East Division foe Ohio (15-5, 5-2 MAC) on Saturday, Feb. 1. Tip-off time is set for 1:00 p.m. with the contest being televised live on ESPNU.