MAC basketball notes from the day:
Toledo 75, South Carolina-Upstate 70 — The last time that the Rockets won a game away from Savage Arena was November 26, 2008 against West Georgia (a non-Division I school). USC-Upstate doesn't sound like one but names are misleading; they're in the Atlantic Sun. And Tod Kowalczyk still didn't get to fully enjoy the victory because he wasn't feeling well and let assistant Angres Thorpe run the game.
Against know-nothing competition the Rockets are being very efficient on offense, again doing well at the free throw line (20-for-25). Rian Pearson had a double-double: 14 points, 12 rebounds. He's emerging as "the guy," perhaps. Freshman guard Julius Brown led UT scoring with 17 points and provided seven assists. This Texas-Pan American tournament is a neutral field so their last road win remains in the 07-08 season.
Duquesne 81, Akron 76 — The Dukes had control for most of the match but Akron was never out of it. They have now been given their first loss of the year, and it ain't a bad one. Duquesne played Arizona very well and is now 3-1. There were outstanding games from Zeke Marshall, especially offensively, who ended with 19 points and four blocks. Brett "Roo" McClanahan sank four threes to get up to 18 points, and Quincy Diggs distributed it for nine assists. But: free throws, people. UA was 14-for-28 on such shots.
Kent State 77, Alcorn State 58 — Chris Evans, everybody. If I can locate the video I will but apparently he had another couple of dunks that wowed the crowd. It wasn't anything like his aeronautics at West Virginia, I'm guessing. All this despite Alcorn State owning much of the first half, but the Flashes chipped away at the lead to pull even by halftime. Evans had 15 points on six shots, including two dunks.
Princeton 61, Buffalo 53 — This is a closer representation of what Princeton was actually doing all day. UB wasn't very much close at all. Javon McCre finished with 19 points, four rebounds and two steals. But three people fouled out, including Mitchell Watt who was limited to 17 minutes because of hack syndrome.
Miami 81, UMass 56 — Blowout city. Courtney Osborn was a magnificent 5-for-11 on threes to finish with 25 points. She also led the team with five assists, being a do-it-all person against the Minutewomen.
Ball State 81, Murray State 72 — And BSU is on the board for the year. Jazmin Hitchens had 22 points, seven boards and three blocks. The team overcame 31 team turnovers by defending the Racers' well.
Buffalo 63, Bucknell 57 — Brittany Hedderson led the Bulls again, this time with 18 points and gutted out a victory against the Bison.
OHIO 68, Marshall 56 — Double-doubles by Porsha Harris (14/13) and Tenishia Benson (11/13) gave the Bobcats just enough chances to dispel of the Lady Herd.
Drexel 67, Akron 60 — Not much to see here. Taylor Ruper ended with 12 points and a close one with a slight Zips advantage through halftime was eventually erased.
Today's men's games:
11:30 a.m. — WMU vs. Colorado at San Juan, Puerto Rico
2:00 p.m. — Arkansas State at OHIO
2:00 p.m. — Eastern Illinois at NIU
4:00 p.m. — EMU at IUPUI
8:00 p.m. — Toledo at Texas-Pan American
Today's women's games:
12 noon — Evansville at BGSU
12 noon — CMU at Pittsburgh
2:00 p.m. — EMU at Loyola-Chicago
2:00 p.m. — Eastern Kentucky at WMU
4:30 p.m. — Temple at NIU