MAC Men's Basketball: UMass edges RedHawks, Kentucky pounds Eastern Michigan, 90-38

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UMass 70, Miami (Ohio) 69

OXFORD, Ohio -- Raphiael Putney scored 20 points and Chaz Williams made a late, go-ahead jumper to lift Massachusetts over Miami (Ohio) 70-69 Wednesday night in nonconference action.

Jesse Morgan had 12 and Williams finished with 10 for UMass (9-3), which has won six straight games. The Minutemen also secured their seventh straight road victory, the program's longest road streak since the 1997-98 season.

UMass led 37-29 at intermission but watched Miami (5-7) open the second half on a 9-2 run, cutting the deficit to 39-38. From there, the teams battled through eight lead changes and five ties until Williams' jumper gave UMass the lead for good, 70-69, with 1:12 left.

Miami had a chance to tie but Quinten Rollins missed a free throw and Will Sullivan could not convert a layup as time expired. The Redhawks shot 2-for-9 over the final 6 minutes.

Allen Roberts led Miami with 21 points.

Kentucky 90, Eastern Michigan 38

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Point guard Ryan Harrow finished with 15 points and a season-high eight assists, and Kentucky rolled Eastern Michigan for a 90-38 win Wednesday night in the Wildcats' final nonconference game of the season.

Harrow scored in double figures for his fourth straight game after tallying a total of 14 points in his first five of the season.

Kentucky (9-4) never struggled against the Eagles (7-6), using nine unanswered points to create separation early and a 17-2 run midway through the first half to pull away.

The Wildcats' defense did not allow Eastern Michigan to score on consecutive possessions in the first half.

Harrow missed an early game this season while suffering from flu-like symptoms and then missed three games in a row with an undisclosed family issue. He's scored at least 12 points a game since being re-inserted into Kentucky's starting five.

Glenn Bryant led the Eagles with 10 points.

Ball St. 62, Norfolk St. 61

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Jesse Berry scored 21 points to help Ball State beat Norfolk State 62-61 on Wednesday night.

Berry was 6-of-11 from the field. Jauwan Scaife added 18 points for the Cardinals (6-6). Chris Bond had nine rebounds.

Ball State led 29-23 at halftime, but at 4:45 in the second half, Norfolk State was ahead by five points.

Each team had 12 turnovers, but Ball State made 15 points off Norfolk State turnovers. But the Spartans beat Ball State in rebounding 36-28.

Rob Johnson led the Spartans with 16 points and seven rebounds. Malcolm Hawkins scored 15 points, Pendarvis Williams had 14 and Kievyn Lila-St. Rose had 11. Jamel Fuentes had nine assists for Norfolk State (6-10).

The game was the first ever between Ball State and Norfolk State in men's basketball.

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