Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Roundup: Tough day for MAC in BracketBuster

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Missouri St. 57, E. Michigan 54

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Anthony Downing scored 16 points, including the go-ahead basket with 2:45 to play, and Missouri State defeated Eastern Michigan 57-54 on Saturday.

Marcus Marshall added 11 points for the Bears (9-20), who trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half in the nonconference game.

Derek Thompson led the Eagles (12-15) with 19 points, going 4-for-6 from 3-point range.

W. Michigan 67, Pacific 62

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Shayne Whittington had 14 points and seven rebounds Saturday to lead Western Michigan to a 67-62 win over Pacific.

Darius Paul scored 13 points and David Brown and Brandon Pokley scored 11 apiece for the Broncos (17-9) in the nonconference game that was part of the BracketBusters series.

Manhattan 65, Buffalo 64

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Shane Richards scored 14 points and RaShawn Stores had 13 to lead Manhattan to a 65-64 victory over Buffalo on Saturday afternoon.

Manhattan, of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, took a 65-59 lead on Rhamel Brown’s two free-throws with 3:55 left, and Buffalo scored only on Javon McCrea’s jumper at 3:23 and Tony Watson II’s 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining.

Toledo 79, McNeese State 66

TOLEDO — Rian Pearson registered his third double-double in his last four games with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Toledo past McNeese State 79-66 Saturday in nonconference play.

The Rockets (13-11), of the Mid-American Conference, have won two straight and seven of their last eight games.

Southern Illinois 74, Miami (Ohio) 68 (OT)

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Jeff Early had 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds and Southern Illinois won its BracketBuster game by beating Miami (Ohio) in overtime Saturday 74-68.

Down 56-54 and the clock winding down, Early hit a jumper with 1 second left to tie it at the end of regulation and send the two teams to overtime. He added a 3-pointer with 3:43 remaining in overtime to give Southern Illinois (12-16) a 59-58 lead and the Salukis never trailed again.

Eastern Illinois 59, Northern Illinois 47

DEKALB, Ill. — Morris Woods had 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and Eastern Illinois held off Northern Illinois for a 59-47 BracketBuster victory Saturday.

Eastern Illinois (9-20) led 27-25 at halftime but used an 11-2 run to begin the second half capped off by Alex Austin’s 3-pointer with 16:07 to go and the Panthers never looked back.

The BracketBuster game saw 11 lead changes and five ties throughout the contest. Eastern Illinois led by as many as 13 points in the second half and out-rebounded the Huskies 37-28.

Ball State 85, Southeast Missouri 82

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Jauwan Scaife sank a 3-pointer as time expired, capping a wild final minute and giving Ball State an 85-82 victory over BracketBusters foe Southeast Missouri on Saturday night in the first-ever meeting between the schools.

Scaife had 18 points, including two free throws that gave the Cardinals (11-14) a 77-67 lead with 1:33 left. But a combination of Ball State turnovers, missed free throws and clutch Southeast Missouri shots helped the Redhawks (14-15) rally back. They tied game on Marland Smith’s 3-pointer with 7 seconds left. After a timeout, Scaife nailed his game-winner.

Youngstown State 86, Central Michigan 75

YOUNGSTOWN — Blake Allen and Kamren Belin scored 20 points apiece and DJ Cole posted his first career double-double as hot-shooting Youngstown State took control early in its 86-75 nonconference win over Central Michigan on Saturday night.

Cole had 12 points and a season-high 12 assists for the Penguins (16-12), whose only other victory in six games against the Chippewas came in 2006.

IPFW 88, Bowling Green 75

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Frank Gaines scored 26 points to become IPFW’s all-time scoring leader in an 88-75 victory over BracketBusters foe Bowling Green on Saturday night.

Gaines was 8-of-14 from the field for the Mastodons (14-16), who won their fourth straight. Gaines finished the night with 1,773 career points, moving him past Sean Gibson, who played from 1989-93, into IPFW’s top spot.

— Associated Press

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