Scores

Final

Bowling Green 65

(18-11, 10-8 MAC)

Miami (OH) 85

(19-9, 12-6 MAC)

    7:00 PM ET, March 10, 2005

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

    1 2 T
    BGSU 29 3665
    M-OH 39 4685

    Top Performers

    Bowling Green: J. Reimold 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast

    Miami (OH): D. Horace 28 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Teams combine for 58 fouls

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Danny Horace scored a career-high 28 points, Chet Mason added 21 and top-seeded Miami of Ohio muscled its way into the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament with an ugly 85-65 win over Bowling Green on Thursday night.

    The MAC's No. 1 seed for the sixth time overall and first time since 1999, the Redhawks (19-9) had little trouble handling the eighth-seeded Falcons (18-11), who beat Miami by one point just 12 days ago.

    It wasn't pretty, though. The teams were whistled for a combined 58 fouls and attempted 66 free throws in a game that got testy at times. Miami went 33-of-39 from the free-throw line.

    The Redhawks took much of the suspense out of this quarterfinal matchup early, bolting to a double-digit lead in the first half and pushing their advantage to 20 in the second half on Mason's 3-point play with 11:06 remaining.

    At that point, the Redhawks were 19-of-31 (61 percent) from the field. With its big cushion, Miami spent the final 10 minutes running time off the clock and forcing the Falcons to foul and hurl 3-pointers.

    Miami improved to 7-1 in tournament play against Bowling Green.

    In the semifinals, the Redhawks will play the winner of Thursday's last quarterfinal matchup between No. 5 Kent State and No. 4 Ohio.

    No. 7 seed Buffalo, which beat No. 2 seed Toledo 85-72 in the quarterfinals, will face defending tournament champion Western Michigan in Friday's second semifinal. The third-seeded Broncos advanced with a 66-60 overtime win against No. 6 seed Akron.

    John Reimold led Bowling Green with 24 points and Josh Almanson had 16. Reimold was coming off a 38-point performance in an opening-round win over Ball State.

    With the Redhawks leading by 10 points early in the second half, Nathan Peavy scored on a dunk, Horace nailed a jumper and then made two free throws. Mason, the league's top defensive player this season, showed some of his offensive prowess with a driving layup to make it 49-33.

    The Falcons couldn't stop Horace inside as the 6-foot-6 senior, an All-MAC first-team selection, muscled his way underneath for easy baskets and fouls. Horace made 15-of-17 free throws and added nine rebounds.

    Horace scored 12 points and Miami shot 65 percent (13-of-20) from the floor, including 6-of-8 on 3-pointers, in taking a 39-29 lead at the half.

    Bowling Green got off to a horrendous start, committing four turnovers while falling behind 16-3 in the opening eight minutes. Falcons coach Dan Dakich wasn't pleased with his team's uneven effort, and it wasn't long before he had stripped off his sports coat and loosened his tie.

    The Falcons clawed back to within seven before Doug Penno's second 3-pointer put Miami up by 10 at the break.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    BGSU
    M-OH
    Points 65 85
    FG Made-Attempted 18-46 (.391) 23-40 (.575)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-23 (.435) 6-12 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-27 (.704) 33-39 (.846)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 31 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 20

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