Sunday, March 9, 2003

Marshall 58, Miami 51

RedHawks lose but gain tourney bye

The Associated Press

Marshall's Marvin Black tries a reverse layup.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - David Anderson and Ronald Blackshear each scored a team-high 15 points to lead Marshall to a 58-51 win over Miami Saturday night and clinch a first-round home game in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Marshall's 17-6 run during the game's final six minutes helped push the Thundering Herd (13-14, 9-9 Mid-American) to a win. Anderson scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half.

A win for Miami (13-14, 11-7) would have given the RedHawks a share of the MAC-East Division crown, but Miami was still able to secure a first-round bye in the conference tournament at Cleveland's Gund Arena.

Miami coach Charlie Coles.
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The RedHawks are the No. 3 seed. They'll play the winner of Monday's Ohio-Akron game in Thursday's quarterfinals at 2 p.m.

Miami coach Charlie Coles said he was happy with his team's performance.

"I thought this was a heck of a college game, and our kids fought their hearts out tonight," he said.

Miami shot 31 percent from the floor in the final period, while Marshall shot 59 percent. Miami outrebounded the Herd 36-26.

Juby Johnson scored a game-high 17 points for Miami, while Chet Mason added 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Marshall will play Eastern Michigan at home Monday in the first round of the MAC Tournament.


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Team rebounds - 3.

Team rebounds - 2.

3-pointers - Miami 3-18 (Hausfeld 1-5, Mason 0-3, Johnson 1-5, Seals 0-1, Horace 0-1, Williams 1-2, Schenke 0-1), Marshall 4-15 (Wright 0-1, Blackshear 3-11, Bunch 0-1, Dawn 1-2). Technicals - Miami 1 (Seals). Officials - Garton, Forehand, Masariu. Attendance - 4,122.

Around the MAC

Western Michigan 71, Northern Illinois 67, OT

DEKALB, Ill. - Robby Collum scored 22 points and Mike Williams added 18 for Western Michigan.

Northern Illinois (15-13, 11-7 MAC) led by two at the half and outrebounded the Broncos 43-28.

Western Michigan's Mike Williams made a shot with 24 seconds left to tie it at 61, and the Broncos' 7-of-8 free throw shooting got them the win in overtime.

Anthony Kann added 12 points for Western Michigan (18-9, 10-8).

Jamel Staten led Northern Illinois with 14 points and Marcus Smallwood had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

The Broncos host Toledo and the fourth-seeded Huskies host 13th-seeded Buffalo on Monday night in the first round of the MAC tourney.

Kent State 73, Ohio 62

KENT, Ohio - Antonio Gates scored 24 points, including a jumper that put Kent State ahead for good in the second half.

The victory gives Kent State (19-8, 12-6) at least a share of its third straight MAC East Division title and a first-round bye in the conference tournament next week.

Gates' jumper with 10:48 left broke a 48-48 tie and started an 11-0 run in which the senior scored six points. The Bobcats (12-15, 8-10) were not able to get closer than six the rest of the game.

Gates shot 11-of-18 from the field and led the Golden Flashes with seven rebounds.

Withrow grad Brandon Hunter led Ohio with 23 points and La Salle grad Steven Esterkamp had 17. Esterkamp had 12 rebounds and Hunter had 10.

Hunter was 8-of-10 from the field while his teammates shot just 30 percent, 12-of-40, from the field.

DeAndre Haynes scored 13 points for Kent State and hit all three of his 3-point attempts. Eric Haut added 12.

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