MAC basketball notes and scores:
Cleveland State 57, Kent State 53 — High energy, sold out crowds, and a Chris Evans dunk. All absent from the perfect MAC equation was a Kent State win. This is no embarrassing loss; CSU is ranked 26th in the polls that count. And it can't help any further that CSU is now coached by ex-Kent State basketball coach Gary Waters.
Defense ruled the day, naturally, but Kent State had a difficult time buying a 3-point bucket. They literally could not bribe any of their 3-point shots to go down. Mostly because they don't accept money. They went 1-for-17 from said line. Meanwhile, both teams combined for 42 turnovers and just 39 field goals. Eek.
Evans led the team with 14 points and eight rebounds. Justin Greene tallied a mere 13 points and seven boards.
Buffalo 94, Canisius 59 — Rough start for this MAAC team. They've yet to play a home game. This is as close as they got. And it's certainly not the closest they've come to feeling good about themselves. They had to deal with essentially everyone for UB playing well; five finished with 11-plus points.
Leading the stampede was Mitchell Watt with 16 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals, and four blocks. Zach Filzen brought the points with 19 (4-for-10 on threes) and Tony Watson II had 13 points on a lean five shots. We didn't even mention Javon McCrea — he was not needed on this night. Rebounding and free throw shooting won the day.
BGSU 67, Detroit 61 — Hosting tournaments is fun! The Titans matched BG minute-for-minute on most of this game, and then the Falcons just took off in the final seconds. Your trademark "team effort" won MVP, but A'uston Calhoun did top the team with 14 points and six rebounds. Nothing pops out on the box score; they wuz just a little better.
Miami 77, Indiana 72 — It's a Pink Line upset! Courtney Osborn supplied 19 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Maggie Boyer added another 19 points, including 8-for-8 from the free throw line. The RedHawks are an impressive 3-1.
Syracuse 79, Buffalo 59 — SU pulled away by halftime and it was just a futile game of catch-up from there on out. Brittany Hedderson wasn't efficient but landed with 20 points. Ephesia Holmes did better with 15 points on seven shots.
Toledo 53, Albany 39 — Great Danes ain't so great with this type of defense. A close six-point halftime game was nothin' after UT kept them to 18 second-half points. Naama Shafir led the Rockets with 14 points.
BGSU 57, Detroit 49 — It's a coed sweep, and they did this one on the road. Much like the men's game, they kept it close then pulled away at the end, despite getting out-rebounded 52-28. Chrissy Steffen is emerging as a scoring threat for the Falcons, totaling 23 points. But here was the key: only five turnovers to UDM's 17.
St. Francis (PA) 80, Akron 79 (OT) — A nail-biter to the end. And it was all about clutch free throws. Rachel Tecca had to drain a pair in the final seven seconds to force overtime. Down two with the ball, Tecca made an and-one three-point play, but then SFPA drew a foul on the last possession and made 'em both. Tecca had an admirable game, scoring 19 points along with nine rebounds and four steals.
Today's men's games:
7:00 p.m. — IUPUI at Ball State
7:00 p.m. — Rochester College (NAIA) at EMU
7:00 p.m. — WMU at Purdue
7:30 p.m. — George Washington at BGSU (CBE Classic)
Today's women's games:
6:00 p.m. — CMU vs. South Florida at Anchorage (Alaska Shootout) 7:00 p.m. — Belmont at OHIO 8:00 p.m. — Bradley at NIU