State men's roundup: Detroit fades in second half
Kingston, R.I. — E.C. Matthews had only four points by halftime, but roared to life after the break to finish with 23 as Rhode Island surged past Detroit 69-55 on Saturday.
For much of the second half Matthews single-handedly outscored Detroit 18-17. Rhode Island (7-3) is 5-0 at home.
The first half was quite different as Juwan Howard scored 13 for Detroit (6-6), and the Titans bench outscored Rhode Island's 23-12 en route to a 36-34 lead at the half.
But Howard was tightly guarded after halftime, taking seven shots — and not making one till 3:53 remained with Detroit down by 17. He finished with 17 points, his other four starters adding only four more.
Rhode Island opened the second half 19-4, taking control of the game. Aside from shutting down Howard, the Rams sank 26 of 34 from the line, forced 18 turnovers and blocked seven shots, Hassan Martin with four.
(At) Pittsburgh 81, Oakland 77 (OT): James Robinson scored 18, including five in the final minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime, to help Pittsburgh avoid an upset. Michael Young led Pitt (8-3) with 19 points and seven rebounds while Cameron Wright and Chris Jones each scored 16.
Kahlil Felder finished with 23 points to lead Oakland (4-8).
Jalen Hayes scored 16 and Max Hooper 12 off the bench.
The Panthers tied the score at 72 in the final minutes of regulation after Robinson converted a three-point play on a drive to the basket, then made a pair of free throws. After Felder was called for a travel, Wright missed a midrange jumper as time expired to send the game to overtime.
(At) Northwestern 67, Western Michigan 61: Tre Demps scored 17, and Nathan Taphorn and Bryant McIntosh added 10 points each for the Wildcats, who rebounded from a loss to another MAC team, Central Michigan, on Wednesday.
Tucker Haymond scored 12 points and Connar Tava and David Brown added 11 each for the Broncos, who led by three at halftime.
Northwestern opened the second half on a 7-1 run to lead 32-29. The Wildcats took a 36-34 lead on Demps' layup and never trailed again.
The Wildcats took their biggest lead, 55-47, on Alex Olah's rebound basket with 3:52 remaining before Austin Richie made a 3-pointer. Olah picked up his fourth foul with 2:33 left with Northwestern ahead 55-50.
Northwestern shot 43 percent from the field to Western Michigan's 39 percent. The Wildcats shot 30 percent from 3-point range while Western Michigan shot 39 percent.
Eastern Michigan 77, (at) Missouri State 65: Karrington Ward scored 18 and led his team with nine rebounds as Eastern Michigan held on. Ward did it with 7-of-13 shooting from the field overall. Raven Lee added 14 points and four assists for the Eagles (9-2). Mike Talley had 10 points and Anali Okoloji had nine.
Eastern Michigan pulled ahead after a close first period on an 11-1 run highlighted by 3-pointers by Ward and Okoloji. The Eagles led 31-19 at halftime.
Missouri State battled back in the second half to trail by six, 55-49, on a Gavin Thurman 3-pointer with 8:09 to play. But the Eagles answered with an 11-6 run to open the gap once again and lead 66-55 with 3:58 remaining and held on for the win.
Marcus Marshall scored 21 points and had six rebounds for the Bears (5-6).
Alma 86, Ripon 80, OT
Calvin 75, Wisconsin-Oshkosh 63
Grand Valley State 88, Purdue-North Central 56
Hope 79, Mount Union 71
Kentucky Wesleyan 80, Hillsdale 76
Lawrence Tech 77, Adrian 60
Olivet 73, Pittsburgh-Greensburg 70
Wisconsin-Parkside 69, Michigan Tech 62
Wisconsin-Whitewater 89, Kalamazoo 53