MAC Men's Basketball: Akron, Ohio remain undefeated within league play

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Buffalo 66, Ball State 63

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Javon McCrea scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting, and Will Regan's 3-pointer with 12 seconds left provided the game-winning points in Buffalo's 66-63 victory over Ball State on Wednesday night.

The Bulls (7-12, 2-3 Mid-American) took the lead for good on McCrea's dunk with 2:41 to play. After Regan's late 3, Jauwan Scaife's 3-pointer with 2 seconds left pulled the Cardinals (7-10, 1-4) within 64-63 before Buffalo sealed the victory with two free throws.

Regan totaled 17 points for Buffalo, which won despite committing 20 turnovers. Scaife had 18 points and Majok Majok added 13 points and six rebounds for Ball State, which lost its fourth game in a row.

The Cardinals never trailed in the first half en route to a 31-29 halftime advantage. Neither team managed more than a five-point lead after halftime.

Ball State still leads 13-9 in the all-time series between the schools.

Northern Illinois 74, Central Michigan 61

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Abdel Nader scored 23 points and Northern Illinois hit 10 3-pointers en route to a 74-61 victory over Central Michigan on Wednesday night.

Nader hit 4 of 5 3-pointers for the Huskies (4-13, 2-3 Mid-American), who snapped a three-game losing streak that included a 71-34 loss at home to Western Michigan their last time out. Northern Illinois was 10 for 19 from beyond the arc and shot 49 percent overall from the field.

Aksel Bolin added 13 points for the Huskies and Travon Baker had 10.

Kyle Randall scored 12 points and Finis Craddock had 11 for Central Michigan (9-9, 2-3), which led by as many as 10 points in the first half.

Northern Illinois pulled away with nine straight points midway through the second half. Nader started the run with a 3-pointer and a jumper, and Darrell Bowie capped it with a pair of free throws and a layup that made it 59-48 with 6:10 remaining.

OTHER SCORES

Akron 71, Toledo 56

Ohio 74, Miami 62

Western Michigan 63, Eastern Michigan 59

-- Associated Press

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