YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — Chris Creighton, the head football coach at Drake University for the past six years, has been named the new head football coach at Eastern Michigan University. Vice President/Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Heather Lyke made the announcement Wednesday.. Creighton will be formally introduced to the EMU community Thursday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. with a press conference inside the atrium of the Convocation Center. The press conference will be streamed live at EMUEagles.com.
The 44-year old Creighton has built the Bulldogs into a consistent power in the Pioneer Football League, sharing the conference crown during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. During his 17-year head coaching career, he has accumulated eight conference titles and an all-time record of 139-46 (.764 winning percentage). He departs Drake with the highest winning percentage in school history (.667) after also posting 63 wins as the head coach at Wabash College and 32 at Ottawa University.
"It is with great pride that we introduce Chris Creighton as our new head football coach," Lyke said. "In Chris, Eastern Michigan will find an extraordinary leader who will be a great ambassador for our University. During the search process, Chris' focus on positively impacting the lives of our student-athletes and building a championship program was most impressive. As a proven winner and head coach, Chris' experience with creating and sustaining success will inspire our student-athletes to elevate our football program to a championship level."
EASTERN MICHIGAN 67, WISCONSIN -- GREEN BAY 58
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University men's basketball game closed out the home portion of the 2013 calendar year with a 67-58 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix Tuesday night at the Convocation Center.
With the victory over the No. 12-ranked mid-major program in the country according to the current CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll, the Eagles (6-3) snapped a three-game losing skid to win for the first time since Nov. 23 when they knocked off the University of Texas Arlington, 74-69.
By JACK CARLE
Sentinel Sports Staff
Adam Scheier has been named Bowling Green’s interim head football coach and will coach the Falcons in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26 against Pittsburgh, athletics director Chris Kingston has announced.
Scheier in his fifth season with the Falcons, has been serving as the team’s special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. He takes over for Dave Clawson, who has accepted the head coaching position at Wake Forest.
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The Mid-American Conference on Monday announced its Men’s Basketball Players of the Week.
MAC WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green, Forward Junior, Lockport, Ill. /Lockport
Holmes had back-to-back career-scoring games and recorded a season-high five blocks in two straight games to help lead the Falcons to a 1-1 week. In a win over Western Kentucky on Monday night, Holmes poured in a career-high 18 points, hauled in seven rebounds and swatted away a season-high five blocked shots, one shy of his career-high. The five blocks were the most for a single BGSU player since Holmes himself totaled five swats versus Central Michigan on Jan. 9, 2013. The 6-8 forward followed that up with a career-high 26 points as the Bowling Green State University men's basketball team pushed the Xavier Musketeers to the limit in an 85-73 overtime loss on Saturday afternoon.
Along with his career-high 26 points, Holmes hauled in nine rebounds and registered five blocked shots in a career-high 39 minutes of play. Holmes almost single-handedly kept the Falcons in the game throughout the contest, as he poured in 11 points in the second half, including scoring four straight points over a one minute and 30 second span late in the second half to give BGSU a 67-66 lead with just over a minute to play.
Holmes also poured in four of Bowling Green’s five points in the overtime period. Holmes’ 10 blocks this week increases his total to 21 on the season and puts him on pace to break his own school record of 73 blocks in a single season set just last year. Overall, Holmes averaged 22 points, eight rebounds, one steal and five blocks per game last week.
MAC WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rian Pearson, Toledo, Guard Senior, Raytown, Mo./South
Pearson helped Toledo remain undefeated by averaging 24.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.5 apg and 2.0 spg to go along with a 64.3 FG% (18-of-28), 85.7 three-point FG% (6-of-7) and 87.5 FT% (7-of-8) in two victories last week.
He opened the week by tying his career high with 30 points, grabbing a season-best eight rebounds and handing out three assists in a 91-75 victory over Detroit on Dec. 4. Pearson shot 12-of-16 from the field vs. the Titans, including a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range. Pearson then scored a team-high 19 points in an 80-77 road win over Robert Morris on Dec. 7 in addition to hauling down seven boards, dishing out a season-high four assists and grabbed three steals.
Pearson is leading the Rockets this season with 17.9 ppg, 2.0 spg, a 57.4 FG% and a 57.1 three-point FG% and ranks second on the team with 5.0 apg..
Nick Harney, Akron, Forward Senior, Cleveland, Ohio/Benedictine High School
Harney helped the Zips take down Cleveland State 73-61 on Saturday. He led all scorers with 15 points, including nine in the first half. His 3-pointer at the 5:41 mark of the first half, coupled with a steal and fastbreak dunk at the 4:13 mark, pushed Akron’s lead to double digits, a lead that would not be less than eight points the rest of the way.
Shannon Evans, Buffalo, Guard Freshman, Suffolk, VA/Hargrave
Evans scored 15 of his career-high 17 points in the second half as the Bulls came from behind to defeat St. Bonaventure on Saturday afternoon. Evans, playing in just the sixth game of his career, recorded double figures for the second straight game and helped ice the victory with a 5-for-6 performance from the free throw line. Evans also knocked down a pair of threes, including one in a stretch of four straight three pointers from four different Bulls late in the second half.
Chris Fowler, Central Michigan, Guard Sophomore, Southfield, Mich./Detroit Country Day
Fowler led Central Michigan to its fourth consecutive win on Saturday, posting another standout performance in the Chippewas’ 65-64 road victory over SIU Edwardsville.
Fowler started hot, scoring CMU’s first eight points, and was clutch late, tallying its final five points, including the game winner with 6.2 seconds remaining. His line was impressive, featuring a game-high 23 points on 10-of-14 from the field (71%), six assists, five rebounds and two steals. Fowler, who has scored 20 or more points in five of nine games, leads CMU in scoring (16.9), assists (5.1), steals (1.6) and free throws attempted (53) and made (40).
Karrington Ward, Eastern Michigan, Forward Junior, Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township
Ward led the Eagles in scoring this week after notching 36 points in a pair of contests. The Lockport, Ill. native averaged 18 points per game, while pulling down six boards per contest. The 6-foot-7 forward shot 52.2 percent from the floor after knocking down 12-of-23 from the floor. Ward converted on five three-point attempts through the week, shooting 5-of-11 from downtown, good for 45.5 percent. He dished out a pair of assists, one block and a pair of steals.
Ward shined in his first game against a Big Ten opponent Saturday, Dec. 7, when he totaled 25 points against Purdue. In that game, the junior went 9-of-16 from the floor, good for a 56.3 percent clip. He knocked down a career-high four three pointers, while also pulling down eight rebounds.
Will Felder, Miami/Forward Senior, Cleveland, Ohio/Lutheran East
Felder averaged 19.5 ppg while shooting a solid 62.5 percent from the field and averaged 6.5 rpg and 2.0 bpg for the RedHawks last week. Felder was an impressive 10-of-16 from the field against IPFW en route to a 26-point night, his career best as a RedHawk, to lead all scorers. Felder scored 22 second-half points, going 8-of-10 from the field and sinking all six free throws in the second stanza to help Miami erase a 16-point deficit and capture a 94-87 win against the Mastodons. He accounted for nearly 38 percent of Miami’s second-half scoring in which the RedHawks amassed 58 points, their most points in a half since scoring 59 in the second half against Northwestern State on Dec. 6, 2008. The RedHawks 94 points also were the most since a 94-66 win against Northwestern State in 2008. He also added seven rebounds and two blocked shots against IPFW. Felder again shot 62.5 percent from the floor with a 13-point, 6-rebound, 2-blocked shot effort at Evansville on Saturday.
Darrell Bowie, Northern Illinois, Wing Sophomore, Milwaukee, Wis./La Jolla Prep
Bowie scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds in a 64-57 victory over Dartmouth last Thursday (Dec. 5), NIU’s only game in the week. Trailing by two with 4:30 to play, Bowie scored six of his 12 points in the final minutes as the Huskies outscored the Big Green 12-3 down the stretch to earn the victory. For the season, Bowie is NIU’s leading scorer (10.7 ppg) and rebounder (7.0 rpg).
Nick Kellogg, Ohio University, Guard Senior, Westerville, Ohio/Saint Francis De Sales
Kellogg recorded a game-high 18 points to lead Ohio in its game at Oakland Saturday. The senior guard made 7-of-14 field goals in the contest and added three rebounds in 31 minutes on the floor. Kellogg has now posted at least 10 points in seven of eight contests this season and has connected on 51.9 percent (40-77) of his field goal attempts on the year.
Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan, Center Redshirt Senior, Paw Paw, Mich. / Lawrence
Whittington recorded his fourth double-double of the season in the Broncos’ road loss at Northwestern, scoring a team-high 12 points and pulling down a game-high 12 rebounds. Whittington also contributed two blocked shots and a steal to the effort as he helped the Broncos hold the Wildcats to just a 32.7 shooting percentage from the floor. On the season, Whittington is averaging a double-double of 15.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
TOLEDO, Oh – Bad news reached the Toledo Rockets football team near the end of practice Sunday afternoon: The Rockets would not be going to a bowl game this year.
"It's disappointing. I'm disappointed for our kids," said head coach Matt Campbell, whose UT teams had gone to three bowls in his previous four seasons as either head coach or assistant coach. "It's not the way we wanted to end our football season. I told our kids, it's a tough situation, but tough times don't last; tough people do."
Five Mid-American Conference programs received post-season invitations. One of them was Bowling Green, a team the Rockets defeated Oct. 26 on the Falcons home field. But BG rebounded to win its last four regular season games and then upset Northern Illinois Friday in the MAC Championship tilt.
The Rockets won two more games after defeating Bowling Green but lost to Northern Illinois and Akron to finish 7-5 overall and 5-3 in conference play.
“"We had some opportunities at the end of the season to maybe not allow this to happen," Campbell said. "We put our fate in the hands of other people, and when you do that sometimes things like this can happen."
Cleveland, Ohio – Five MAC football programs will be playing in bowl games this year as invitations were extended late Sunday afternoon.
The five bowl invitations marks the sixth time in MAC history to have five or more teams receive a bowl invitation (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013) in a single-season. The Conference record is seven bowl invitations, which was established last season during the 2012 bowl season.
Bowling Green (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl), Northern Illinois University (San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl), Ball State (GoDaddy Bowl), Buffalo (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) and Ohio (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg) will represent the MAC in bowl games this season.
This season the MAC had three programs reach ten wins as MAC Champion Bowling Green (10-3, 7-1), Northern Illinois (12-1, 8-0) and Ball State (10-2, 7-1) all reached the ten win plateau.
2013 MAC Bowl Schedule:
Buffalo vs. San Diego State, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Dec. 21
Ohio vs. East Carolina, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg, Dec. 23
Bowling Green vs. At-Large Selection To Be Determined, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Dec. 26
Northern Illinois University vs. Utah State, San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Dec. 26
Ball State vs. Arkansas State, GoDaddy Bowl, Jan. 5
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PURDUE 69, EASTERN MICHIGAN 64
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (EMUEagles.com and MRO Staff) – After a slow start offensively, Eastern Michigan came up just short versus Purdue, 69-64, Saturday. It was the Eagles (5-3) third loss in a row, while the Boilermakers (8-2) recorded their third-straight victory in front of 13,079 people at Mackey Arena.
Karrington Ward was an offensive juggernaut in the EMU loss, pouring in 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting while knocking down a career-high four three-pointers. Ward also corralled eight rebounds in the contest.
Glenn Bryant was one carom shy of his first double-double of the season after recording 11 points and a season-best nine boards. Raven Lee contributed nine points and five rebounds while Darell Combs added seven points of his own.
As a team, the Green and White went 21-of-50 (42.0 percent) from the floor, while connecting on 7-of-21 (33.3 percent) of their three-point opportunities. Eastern Michigan got its free throw shooting in order versus the Big Ten opponent, going 15-of-21 (71.4 percent), marking just one-of-two games that EMU has shot over 70 percent from the free throw line.
OAKLAND 73, OHIO 56
ROCHESTER, Mich. – The Ohio Bobcats (6-2) saw their five-game winning streak come to an end Saturday night after dropping a 73-56 contest to Oakland (2-7) at the Athletics Center O’Rena.
The Bobcats held a six-point edge (35-29) early in the second half, but Oakland used a lengthy 28-7 run midway through the half to build a 15-point lead that the Golden Grizzlies would not relinquish.
Ohio held a plus-six advantage (42-36) in rebounds for the contest but committed a season-high 18 turnovers in the game. That led to 20 points for the Golden Grizzlies.
The Green and White shot 36.8 percent (21-57) from the field in the game and made just 3-of-24 attempts (.125) from beyond the arc.
NORTHWESTERN 51, WESTERN MICHIGAN 35
EVANSTON, Ill. - Western Michigan struggled to find its offensive rhythm and the Broncos fell 51-35 to the Northwestern Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena on Saturday. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 5-3 on the season, while the Wildcats even their record at 5-5.
The Broncos authored a strong defensive effort against the Wildcats, holding their opponents to 18-of-55 (.327) shooting from the floor; however, the Broncos themselves struggled from the floor, shooting just 10-of-41 (.244) from the field and turning the ball over 15 times. . . .
AKRON 73, CLEVELAND STATE 61
By EVAN MEYER
CLEVELAND, Oh -- When the Akron Zips took to the floor at the Wolstein Center on Saturday afternoon, it was their first in 18 days and the first since they lost at Middle Tennessee back on November 16.
Once they shook some serious rust off their game in the early going, the Zips took the lead and never looked back, beating the Cleveland State Vikings, 73-61.
“I really didn’t know what to expect (from the team since) we had been off for so long,” Zips head coach Keith Dambrot said after the game. “It’s a great win for us … when you can come into Cleveland State and play against coach (Gary) Waters’ teams, you have to be happy.”
Akron (2-2) was led by senior Nick Harney with 15 points while sophomore Reggie McAdams and junior Nyles Evans added 12 as UA collected its first road win of the season.
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