Maverick Maniac's Musings

February 25, 2013

Following the Summit – 2/22/13, 2/23/13, 2/24/13

Filed under: Men's Basketball,Recaps,The Summit League,Women's Basketball — Jon Green @ 10:00 am

Recapping the previous day’s games…

Men’s Basketball – 2/22/13

North Dakota State 53 @ Akron 68

What You Need To Know: Akron pulled away late in the first half and led by 14 at the half. North Dakota State mounted a furious comeback but couldn’t complete it an Akron pulled back away for the win.

Interesting Stat Lines: North Dakota State for 19 points and seven rebounds from Lawrence Alexander. Akron had a 14 point, eight rebound, five block performance by Zeke Marshall and an 11 point, 14 rebound double-double from Demetrius Treadwell. North Dakota State shot just 31% and 5-24 (21%) from three. They went just 6-9 from the FT line while Akron was 14-28.

Next Up: North Dakota State will host Utah Valley on Tuesday night in their final home game.

Men’s Player of the Night: With only one game the choices are limited… so Lawrence Alexander gets it. 8-16 from the field, 2-4 from the FT line. 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Men’s Basketball – 2/23/13

North Dakota 75 @ Omaha 83

What You Need To Know: This was a real good close game. Omaha threatened to pull away in the first half and North Dakota held the lead late in the second half. Omaha tied it a on Justin Simmons three with 3:48 left. That started a 13-2 run to end the game for Omaha. An Alex Welhouse three made it 80-74 with 1:16 left. North Dakota missed five shots down five and committed a turnover, so Omaha held on for the win.

Interesting Stat Lines: Omaha got a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds from John Karhoff. Justin Simmons led Omaha in scoring with 20. Three Mavericks took 15 shots each (Simmons, Karhoff, and CJ Carter). North Dakota was led by 21 points from Troy Huff who also had seven offensive rebounds. Omaha went 18-24 from the FT line while North Dakota struggled to 9-19 FT shooting. Offensive rebounds abounded as the two teams combined for 33 offensive rebounds and 49 defensive rebounds.

Next Up: Omaha hosts South Dakota State on Thursday. It’ll be a tough matchup for the Mavericks.

Milwaukee 95 @ IUPUI 88 – 2 OT

What You Need To Know: Oof. You thought this was the chance for IUPUI to get one more win but they couldn’t do it. IUPUI blew a four point lead with 4:04 left and found themselves down four with 1:40 left. Two P.J. Huber threes sandwiched around two FTs by Milwaukee tied the game. Milwaukee had two chances to win the game in regulation but couldn’t. In Overtime IUPUI had a two point lead with 37 seconds left but gave up a layup with 14 seconds left. Greg Rice had a chance to win it but missed a layup in the final seconds. In the second overtime the two teams were tied at 88 with 2:41 left before Milwaukee went on a 7-0 run to end the game. Five of those seven points were on FTs before the final two points were scored on a fast break layup after a steal.

Interesting Stat Lines: IUPUI had some impressive lines… 22 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists by Sean Esposito. Esposito went 8-25 from the field including 4-14 from deep. Greg Rice had 23 points and seven rebounds on 9-17 shooting. Donovan Gibbs had 15 rebounds and nine points. Milwaukee got 28 points, four rebounds, and six assists from Jordan Aaron who went 9-24 from the field and 7-14 from three. The two teams were a combined 24-62 from three.

Next Up: IUPUI hosts South Dakota on Thursday. The Coyotes have lost six straight Summit League games, so this might be a chance for a Jaguar win still.

Morehead State 79 @ Oakland 82 – OT

What You Need To Know: Oakland trailed by seven points at the half and by 11 early in the 2nd half. Oakland got back into it quickly and took the lead with 11:31 to go in the game. They fell behind again and were down seven with 6:54 left before a 14-0 run put them up seven with 1:28 to go. They promptly blew that lead on a 7-0 run to send the game to OT. Bizarre. That 7-0 run included two FTs on a foul with 1:21 left and an three-point play with 34 seconds left that fouled Travis Bader out of the game. Oakland nearly blew the game in regulation after Morehead State stole the ball with five seconds left and had a three point attempt at the buzzer. The game was very tight in overtime as Oakland took a three point lead with 3:53 to go on a three pointer and would only get FTs the rest of the way. They hit five of eight to get the three point win. Travis Bader tied the all-time school record with his 348th 3-pointer. Remember he’s ONLY a junior!

Interesting Stat Lines: Bader led the way with 27 points shooting 5-8 from three but 10-10 from the FT line. Drew Valentine had 15 points and eight rebounds. Morehead State got 19 points and nine rebounds from Chad Posthumus in the loss, but he was only able to play 23 minutes as he fouled out. Oakland went 29-41 from the FT line while Morehead State was a more effective 21-25. The Golden Grizzlies won despite allowing Morehead State to grab 18 out of 45 available offensive rebounds (40%).

Next Up: Oakland will host Fort Wayne in their final regular season game on Saturday.

Bowling Green 75 @ Fort Wayne 88

What You Need To Know: How about a game that wasn’t close? Fort Wayne lead by 17 at the half and while the lead got as low as nine points that was as close as it would get. Frank Gaines became Fort Wayne’s all-time leading scorer with 1,773 career points.

Interesting Stat Lines: Frank Gaines had 26 points to lead Fort Wayne while Mario Hines had a great game with 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists on just 5-6 shooting. Bowling Green got 17 points on Chauncey Orr’s great 7-9 shooting. Fort Wayne shot 60% from the field and went 12-18 from three while Bowling Green shot 49% and was just 2-9 from three. Bowling Green stayed in it because they grabbed 12 offensive rebounds out of 32 available (37.5%).

Next Up: Fort Wayne’s final regular season game is at Oakland on Saturday. The two teams will likely rematch in Sioux Falls in the 4-5 game.

South Dakota State 62 @ Murray State 73

What You Need To Know: This game was… weird. South Dakota State looked great in the first half and led 30-16 with 7:10 left in the half. Murray State went on a 15-4 run to cut it to three before the Jackrabbits pulled back out to a 39-33 lead at the break. South Dakota State roared back out to a 47-33 lead in the first few minutes of the second half but were basically dominated after that. It ended up being a 40-11 run that turned a 14-point deficit into a 15-point Murray State lead with 1:18 to go. South Dakota State only scored four points from the 12:32 mark to the 1:09 mark. That 11 minute stretch did them in. Nate Wolters seemed to get a bit banged up in the game but did finish the game. There’s no indication there’s any reason to worry but if he is still hurting the game against Omaha on Thursday could be a lot more interesting.

Interesting Stat Lines: South Dakota State got 18 points and five assists from Nate Wolters and 13 points and seven rebounds from Chad White. Murray State was led by 22 points from Isaiah Canaan who really led the team down the stretch. The two teams were pretty evenly matched in most categories with South Dakota State turning it over 13 times to nine for Murray State. Another factor was Murray State grabbing nine offensive rebounds from 31 opportunities (29%) to just five of 27 for South Dakota State (18.5%).

Next Up: South Dakota State heads to Omaha on Thursday. A win would give the Jackrabbits a share of the regular season title and the #1 seed. A loss would open the door to Western Illinois.

Kansas City 62 @ Tennessee Tech 68

What You Need To Know: This was a good matchup for the teams. The game was tied six times in the first half and five more in the second half, the final with 3:48 to go. Tennessee Tech then scored 10 of the final 14 points to get the six point win. Kansas City had the lead down to three and the ball with a minute to go but turned it over on that possession and wouldn’t get the ball back until down five with 18 seconds left.

Interesting Stat Lines: Kansas City got 16 points and eight rebounds from Nelson Kirksey who went 7-9 from the field. Estan Tyler scored 14 points but didn’t record a single rebound, assist, steal, or block in 35 minutes. Tennessee Tech got 20 points and eight rebounds from Jud Dillard while Dennis Ogbe had a great 7-8 shooting day resulting in 16 points and eight rebounds. Kansas City shot just 39% from the field and 58% on FTs, 11-19. Tennessee Tech was 17-22 from the FT line.

Next Up: Kansas City goes to Western Illinois on Thursday. Kansas City is currently inline for the 6th seed in Sioux Falls and just needs to match South Dakota’s win total next weekend.

Cleveland State 60 @ Western Illinois 54

What You Need To Know: Western Illinois led early 15-4 but gave up nearly all of it, leading only 29-27 at the half. That run ended up being 37-18 by the time Cleveland State held a 41-33 lead with 12:37 to go. Western Illinois was within two with 5:13 left but wasn’t closer than four in the final minute. Western Illinois was dealing with sickness as Jack Houpt played just one minute and Terell Parks injured his ankle after playing 26 minutes. The Parks injury could be a difference maker in the conference tournament if he can’t recover. All I can report is when a fan tweeted him and asked if he was okay he replied “naw”. It probably doesn’t matter that much how they do this weekend so he may get rested some since the conference tournament is all that really matters.

Interesting Stat Lines: Parks was 6-9 for 12 points and had eight rebounds. Adam Link had 15 points to lead the Leathernecks. Ceola Clark III had 10 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Cleveland State got 16 points from Bryn Forbes and Charlie Lee. There were only 48 rebounds available in this game as both teams shot well (49% each) and turned it over a combined 29 times.

Next Up: Western Illinois hosts Kansas City on Thursday. They could probably win that game without Terell Parks and they might have to,

Men’s Player of the Night: I’m going to go with Mario Hines. It’s not eyepopping in terms of pure huge numbers but he scored 12 points, had seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. He was 5-6 form the field and 2-2 on FTs while only turning it over once.

Men’s Basketball – 2/24/13

South Dakota 85 @ Montana State 74

What You Need To Know: South Dakota spotted Montana State 11 points, and still trailed 19-8. So it was a 77-55 finish after that. It didn’t take long for them to get back in the lead. Trailing 23-14 with 5:57 left in the first half they went on a real quick 16-0 run over 3:15 to go up 30-23. The lead was seven at the half before Montana State cut the lead to two in the second half. South Dakota never led by more than six until there was 6:24 left. It ballooned as large at 19, 83-64, before Montana State cut into it late. The largest run for South Dakota was a 75-45 run from when down 11 to up 19.

Interesting Stat Lines: South Dakota only played six players more than four minutes, all of those with 17 minutes or more. Five of them were in double figures with the 6th at nine points. Brandon Bos led the way with 21 points on 6-9 shooting. Montana State got 16 points from Xaiver Blount and 15 from Antonio Biglow. South Dakota shot 49% from the field and went 10-24 from three.

Next Up: South Dakota travels to IUPUI on Thursday. With a win they’ll put pressure on Kansas City to get one more win to stay in the 6th seed.

Men’s Player of the Night: Brandon Bos gets the nod. 21 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal. Only turned it over once and went 6-9 from the field and 5-5 from the FT line.

Women’s Basketball – 2/22/13

Western Illinois 63 @ Kansas City 38

What You Need To Know: Wow. Did not see this blowout coming at all… Was 32-18 at the half. Ugly. Win split the season series and moved Western Illinois a half game in front of Kansas City.

Interesting Stat Lines: Western Illinois got a double-double, 20 points and 11 rebounds from Ashley Luke. Kansas City got 17 points from Eilise O’Connor but she needed 22 shots and 7 rebounds to get there going a poor 5-22 (23%) while her teammates were 9/25 (36%). Kansas City turned it over 21 times to 10 for Western Illinois. Western Illinois won by 25 while shooting 36% including 8-23 (35%) from three. Yikes. Kansas city was 14-47 (30%) and 2-11 from three (18%).

Next Up: Western Illinois headed up to South Dakota on Saturday while Kansas City hosted IUPUI.

Women’s Player of the Night: Western Illinois’ Ashley Luke clearly the player of the night. 20 points and 11 rebounds. Two assists, two steals, two blocks. Only two turnovers and went 6-12 from the field and 8-9 from the FT line.

Women’s Basketball – 2/23/13

Fort Wayne 87 @ Oakland 71

What You Need To Know: Fort Wayne led 43-31 at the half and this one wasn’t really in doubt. With Omaha’s loss to North Dakota State on Saturday night Fort Wayne is clearly into the 4th spot. They are no within a half game of South Dakota for 3rd though South Dakota does have one more win already and the tiebreaker. Fort Wayne will have to win both games next weekend and have Omaha beat South Dakota to get into 3rd. Oakland is in last at 3-11 but could get as high as 6th seed if Western Illinois lost both games next weekend (Fort Wayne and Oakland) and Kansas City lost to Omaha.

Interesting Stat Lines: How about 22 points for Rachel Mauk and Amanda Hyde of Fort Wayne. Haley Siebert was also solid with 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Oakland was led by 23 points from Elena Popkey who added five rebounds and three assists. Olivia Nash had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Next Up: Fort Wayne heads to Western Illinois as they look to make a last weekend bid for 3rd place. Oakland heads to IUPUI and would need an upset there, which would give them a season sweep of the Jaguars, to get out of 8th place.

IUPUI 47 @ Kansas City 33

What You Need To Know: Kansas City had one ugly weekend. Their shooting was as cold as the city as they trailed 25-16 at the half and never challenged. IUPUI’s win keeps them ahead of South Dakota for 2nd place and one more win will clinch 2nd for them. Kansas City is still in line for the 7th seed and if they play like this again next weekend won’t have any chance of moving up. If these two teams don’t have surprising weekends then we might see this again in Sioux Falls.

Interesting Stat Lines: IUPUI got 13 points and five rebounds from Kerah Nelson. No other player for them scored more than seven points. Eilise O’Connor had 10 points on 3-15 shooting for Kansas City. The two teams combined to go 27-86 (31%) from the field and 7-25 from three (28%). There were 40 turnovers compared to the 27 made shots… IUPUI grabbed 11 offensive rebounds (33% of those available) while Kansas City grabbed just seven (23% of those available).

Next Up: IUPUI goes home to host Oakland. A win there and they have the #2 seed. Kansas City goes to Omaha on Saturday. Without a win the ‘Roos will end up the 7th seed.

Western Illinois 67 @ South Dakota 71

What You Need To Know: A tight game in the first half saw South Dakota take a 31-29 lead to the break. Western Illinois had a good lead in the second half and were up 54-47 with 9:35 left before a 9-0 run from South Dakota put them up one with 6:47 left. They would take the lead for good with 4:20 left, though it was still a one point game with 33 seconds left. South Dakota hit their FTs down the stretch to get the win. The win kept South Dakota in line for the 3rd seed while Western Illinois missed a chance to stay ahead of North Dakota State for the five seed.

Interesting Stat Lines: South Dakota got 24 points and seven rebounds from Tempestt Wilson and Nicole Seekamp had 19 points. Western Illinois got another double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds from Ashley Luke but she fouled out after playing 33 minutes. This game was played with much better shooting. South Dakota shot 40% while Western Illinois shot 44% in the loss. South Dakota was better at the FT line (15-20 to 12-14), better at not turning it over (10 to 15) and better on the offensive glass.

Next Up: South Dakota travels to Omaha on Thursday. A win there would lock up the #3 seed while a loss would give Fort Wayne a chance to grab it if they can go 2-0 next weekend. Western Illinois goes home to host Fort Wayne on Thursday. Assuming North Dakota State loses to South Dakota State in the regular season finale Western Illinois needs to win either of their games next weekend to grab the #5 seed. If they beat Fort Wayne it’s likely those two would rematch in Sioux Falls.

Omaha 62 @ North Dakota State 63

What You Need To Know: This was a weird one too. It looked over early as North Dakota State led 23-9. It was still 32-20 with 6:56 left in the half before Omaha got hot and a 15-2 run gave Omaha a brief lead with 2:31 left. It was 40-37 North Dakota State at the half. The Bison ran back out to a 52-39 to start the second half before Omaha again stormed back on a 12-0 run to get within one with 6:51 left. The Mavericks just couldn’t seem to get over the hump as every time they got back within a possession North Dakota State seemed to answer. Things got really chaotic in the final minute and a half. Down four Omaha had several possessions but missed a three, turned it over, missed another three on their first three possessions. On their next chance they missed another three and a jumper before Carolyn Blair-Mobley got to the FT line to make it a two point game. Katie Birkel hit two FTs before Blair-Mobley got a layup to make it 63-61 North Dakota State with 13 seconds left. Omaha’s defense had really stepped up their pressure and North Dakota State called a timeout they didn’t have after Omaha trapped them on the inbounds attempt. The technical foul sent Paige Frauendorfer to the FT line for two FTs. Frauendrofer had gone 37-39 at the FT line since January 10th… but she missed the first FT. She made the second to get Omaha within one. The Mavericks inbounded the ball and got a jumper from Frauendorfer in the final seconds. It was no good to let the Bison escape with a one point win.

Interesting Stat Lines: North Dakota State was led by Katie Birkel who had 23 points, six rebounds, and three assists while going 5-8 from three. Danielle DeGagne had a strong double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds while also adding seven assists. Omaha got 20 points from Carolyn Blair-Mobley who also had seven rebounds. Paige Frauendorfer had 15 points and six rebounds. Jamie Nash had seven assists and five steals. Taijhe Kelly had a big game with 11 points, eight rebounds, and six blocks. Omaha shot just 36% from the field and went 5-25 from three. North Dakota State shot 38% from the field and was 9-22 from deep.

Next Up: North Dakota State hosts South Dakota State on Saturday. Perhaps with the Jackrabbits having locked up the #1 seed they’ll be a little less focused on that one. Omaha hosts South Dakota on Thursday. The Mavericks need two wins to finish the conference season at .500.

Women’s Player of the Night: Elena Popkey of Oakland gets it tonight. She was 8-12 from the field and 4-5 from the FT line while scoring 23 points. She added five rebounds, three assists and a steal, only turning it over twice.

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Men’s Basketball – 2/26
Utah Valley 13-15 (2-5) @ North Dakota State 20-8 (11-4)

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