Thursday, January 03, 2002

Miami better but falls short in OT


Broncos rally from 7 points down

The Associated Press

        KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Steve Reynolds converted four free throws in the final 1:17 Wednesday night, leading Western Michigan to a 69-63 overtime win over Miami.

        The Broncos (7-5, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) rallied from a seven-point deficit in the second half, mostly on the shooting of Robby Collum, who scored a career-high 30 points.

        Two consecutive 3-point baskets by Collum tied the score at 58 with 2:30 left in regulation. Collum had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but his shot with one second left bounced off the front of the rim.

        Senior guard Doug Davis led Miami (3-9, 0-1) with 21 points.

        Neither team hit a field goal in overtime, and Miami was 0-for-8 in the extra period. Davis helped the RedHawks jump to an early lead when he made his first three shots, four nights after their worst shooting in 60 years. Miami scored 23 points and missed 52 shots in a 37-point loss at Dayton on Saturday.

        The teams traded small leads for most of the first half, but Miami surged ahead on 57 percent shooting. Consecutive dunks by Eugene Seals gave the RedHawks their biggest lead, 56-49 with five minutes left.

        Chester Mason scored 11 points for Miami and Alex Shorts and Seals each added 10.

        MIAMI (3-9) — Johnson 2-8 1-4 5, Horace 0-6 0-0 0, Shorts 4-12 2-2 10, Mason 5-9 0-0 11, Davis 8-15 5-6 21, Drake 2-5 0-0 6, Helmers 0-0 0-0 0, Seals 5-5 0-0 10, Reed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 8-12 63.
       W. MICHIGAN (7-5) — Slater 1-3 0-0 2, Bro 2-2 1-1 5, Kann 4-6 2-2 10, Collum 11-19 4-5 30, Reed 1-9 2-3 4, Willis 2-3 2-2 7, Reynolds 2-9 5-6 9, Berry 1-4 0-0 2, Bronson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-56 16-19 69.

        Halftime—Miami 27, W. Michigan 26. Regulation—Miami 62, W. Michigan 62. 3-point goals—Miami 3-12 (Drake 2-5, Mason 1-1, Shorts 0-1, Davis 0-2, Johnson 0-3), W. Michigan 5-20 (Collum 4-9, Willis 1-1, Slater 0-1, Berry 0-1, Reynolds 0-2, Reed 0-6). Fouled out—Mason. Rebounds—Miami 36 (Seals 6), W. Michigan 36 (Kann 14). Assists—Miami 6 (Johnson, Mason 2), W. Michigan 10 (Willis 4). Total fouls—Miami 19, W. Michigan 12. A—2,109.

       

Kent State 81, Ball State 54
              
KENT, Ohio — Trevor Huffman scored a career-high 32 points, leading Kent State.

        Kent (8-4, 1-0 MAC) used a stifling man-to-man defense to force 18 turnovers and hold the Cardinals (7-5) to season lows in points, 3-pointers and field-goal percentage.
       Huffman hit 11 of 18 shots, including four of six from 3-point range.

        His final shot — an off-balance, one-handed 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3:10 remaining — extended the Kent State lead to 74-52 and ended a brief 9-3 Ball State run.

        Ball State (7-5, 0-1) shot 37.5 percent and was 3-for-23 from 3-point range. Chris Williams missed all seven of his 3-point attempts.

        Theron Smith led the Cardinals with 20 points and Lonnie Jones had scored 10.
       Kent State built a 41-25 lead at the half after Huffman hit a 25-foot 3-pointer with six seconds remaining.

        The difference in the half was the Golden Flashes 19-0 advantage in points off turnovers.

        Huffman and Nate Gerwig each scored five points in a 10-0 run to start the second half. Gerwig scored a career high 11 points and Antonio Gates added 14.

        BALL ST. (7-5) — Smith 8-13 3-3 20, McCollom 1-6 0-0 2, Jones 4-7 2-4 10, Jackson 2-6 2-2 7, Williams 4-15 0-1 8, Robbins 0-2 0-0 0, Bennett 0-0 0-0 0, Owens 2-6 2-2 7, Lynch 0-0 0-0 0, Burns 0-0 0-0 0, Bushong 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 9-12 54.

        KENT ST. (8-4) — Shaw 1-3 2-2 4, Gates 4-12 6-8 14, Gerwig 3-4 5-5 11, Mitchell 1-6 2-2 5, Huffman 11-18 6-7 32, Merritt 0-0 0-0 0, Haut 1-2 0-0 2, Howard 0-0 2-2 2, Wilkins 0-0 0-0 0, Bedford 2-3 0-0 4, Thomas 2-3 0-0 4, Pellegrino 0-1 1-2 1, Edwards 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 25-54 26-30 81.

        Halftime—Kent St. 41, Ball St. 25. 3-point goals—Ball St. 3-23 (Smith 1-5, Jackson 1-4, Owens 1-1, Williams 0-7, McCollom 0-4, Robbins 0-2), Kent St. 5-11 (Huffman 4-6, Mitchell 1-3, Haut 0-1, Pellegrino 0-1). Fouled out— Jackson. Rebounds—Ball St. 29 (Jones, Owens 5), Kent St. 38 (Shaw, Thomas 7). Assists—Ball St. 9 (Williams 4), Kent St. 13 (Gates, Mitchell 4). Total fouls—Ball St. 24, Kent St. 15. A—5,073.

       



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