Saturday's state men: Minnie’s 29 points lead Eastern Michigan past Western
Kalamazoo — Elijah Minnie tied a career-high 29 points and James Thompson IV notched another double-double and Eastern Michigan smoked Western Michigan 93-67 on Saturday.
It’s the third time in Minnie’s career he’s reached 29 points. He finished 11-of-19 shooting including 7 of 13 from 3-point range. Thompson finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds and pushed his career double-double total to 68. He is the NCAA leader among active players in career double-doubles. Kevin McAdoo scored 16 points and Paul Jackson also collected a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists.
Seth Dugan led Western Michigan with 29 points shooting 12 of 16 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Eastern Michigan (9-11, 3-4 Mid-American Conference) forced 16 turnovers that led to 27 points. Offensively, the Eagles protected the ball distributing 17 assists while turning it over just seven times.
The Eagles never trailed. They led 49-37 at halftime and broke it open in the first 10 minutes after intermission. Minnie’s 3 made it 75-48 with 11:32 left.
More state men
(At) Toledo 76, Central Michigan 72: Jaelan Sanford scored 22 points, Luke Knapke added 21 including a key dunk with 15 seconds left as Toledo held off Central Michigan.
Sanford’s jumper gave the Rockets a 69-67 lead with 1:48 to play. Shawn Roundtree missed a layup on the Chippewas’ next possession, then Marreon Jackson threw an alley-oop pass from the top of the arc to Knapke, who finished the play with a two-handed slam.
Roundtree split a pair of free throws to pull the Chippewas to 72-70 with eight seconds left. Nate Navigato’s two free throws stretched the Toledo lead back to four points with six seconds remaining.
Marreon Jackson added 14 points and Willie Jackson had 12 for Toledo (16-4, 4-3 Mid-American Conference). Larry Austin Jr. had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to lead Central Michigan (14-5, 3-3), which has lost four of its last five games. Roundtree finished with 14 points.
(At) IUPUI 80, Detroit Mercy 65: Camron Justice sank five 3-pointers and scored 21 and Jaylen Minnett came off the bench to score 17, also sinking five 3s, to spark IUPUI to a victory. Justice made 7 of 11 shots, including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc, as the Jaguars (13-9, 5-4 Horizon League) shot 51 percent from the floor and 48 percent from distance.
Freshman Willy Isiani topped the Titans (8-13, 5-4) with a career-high 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting from 3-point range. Josh McFolley finished with 19 points and five assists.
Oakland 80, (at) Illinois-Chicago 67: Xavier Hill-Mais had 20 points to lead five players in double figures as Oakland took an early lead and coasted to a win over Illinois-Chicago.
Hill-Mais had 10 points and 10 rebounds in the first half as Oakland took a 37-21 advantage into the break. Oakland was 4 of 12 from beyond the arc in the first half while the Flames were 0-9 from distance, making just 9 of 28 shots from the floor. The Golden Grizzlies made 7 of 20 treys for the game with UIC hitting just 2 of 18.
Hill-Mais, who leads the Horizon League in field goal percentage (54 percent), was 8 of 17 against UIC.
Karmari Newman had 17 points, Tray Maddox Jr. 15, Jaevin Cumberland 13 and Brad Brechting 11 for Oakland (10-12, 6-3) which has won three of its last four games and trails only Northern Kentucky in the conference standings.
Marcus Ottey had a season-high 24 points for UIC (10-12, 4-5).
No. 7 Ashland 63, (at) Wayne State 61: Ben Haraway hit the winning jumper with 2 seconds left en route to a game-high 17 points to lead Division II seventh-ranked Ashland (18-1, 10-1 GLIAC). Wayne State's Latin Davis, who had 12 of his 14 points in the second half, scored on a layup with 19 seconds left to tie it. Darian Owens-White and Xavier Cochran each finished with 15 points while Javon Henderson had 11 for the Warriors (4-12, 3-8).
State men's scores
(At) Northern Michigan 63, Michigan Tech 59
Northwood 80, (at) Saginaw Valley 77
(At) Ferris State 97, Lake Superior State 76
(At) Davenport 80, Grand Valley State 59
Calvin 79, (at) Adrian 53
Trine 73, (at) Hope 69
(At) Kalamazoo 92, Alma 82, OT