MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Kyle Randall poured In 31 points, going 13 for 13 from the free-throw line, and Central Michigan held on to beat Bowling Green 73-67 Wednesday night in the Mid-American Conference opener for both schools.
The Chippewas (8-6) went on a 13-0 run in the first half and led 37-20 at halftime. But the Falcons (5-9) came back, shooting 59 percent after halftime, and finally tying the game at 60 when Jordon Crawford made a pair of free throws with 3:25 to go.
CMU's Oliver Mbaigoto made two free throws, and then dunked with 58 seconds left. Bowling Green got no closer than three points after that.
Randall was 8-of-11 from the field -- 2-for-4 from 3-point range -- and matched the team high with six rebounds.
Ball State 60, Eastern Michigan 58
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Chris Bond made two free throws with 1 second left, lifting Ball State to a 60-58 victory over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.
Bond, who scored 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting for the Cardinals (7-6), was fouled by Da'Shonte Riley and sank both foul shots. Eastern Michigan couldn't get off another shot before the buzzer.
Jauwan Scaife also scored 18 and made four 3-pointers for Ball State, which led most of the game and shot 58.5 percent from the field but didn't make a field goal after Bond's jumper with 4:26 to play. Eastern Michigan tied the game with a 10-2 run, capped by two Jalen Ross free throws with 8 seconds left, before Bond won it.
Akron 65, W. Michigan 43
AKRON -- Nick Harney led Akron with 15 points as the Zips defeated Western Michigan 65-43 in each team's Mid-American Conference opener Wednesday night.
Alex Abreu, Pat Forsythe and Brian Walsh each added 12 points for Akron (10-4), while Demetrius Treadwell led the Zips with eight rebounds.
Austin Richie was the Broncos' lone scorer in double figures with 11 points.
Western Michigan's 43 points were the fewest allowed by Akron this year and the second fewest scored by the Broncos, two more than in their 73-41 loss to No. 3 Michigan on Dec. 4.
The Broncos (8-6) shot 32.7 percent (16-of-49), including just 4-of-14 3-pointers, and were outrebounded 41-30.
Northern Illinois 72, Miami (Ohio) 61
OXFORD -- Aksel Bolin came off the bench for 11 points and Northern Illinois snapped a five-game losing streak, beating Miami (Ohio) 72-61 Wednesday night in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.
Darrell Bowie and Abdel Springs added 10 apiece for Northern Illinois, which snapped a 13-game road losing streak against Miami.
Despite outshooting Northern Illinois 52.4 percent (11-of-21) to 37.5 percent (9-of-24), Miami (5-8) entered halftime tied with the Huskies, 28-all.
The second half opened with three ties and four lead changes before Northern Illinois (3-10) jumped ahead for good on a Mike Davis jumper. The Huskies built their lead to as many as 15, 66-51, and led by at least 10 points throughout the final 5 minutes.
Ohio 86, Buffalo 68