Zips extend nation's longest win streak to 19 in MAC clash with Ohio

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ATHENS -- Demetrius Treadwell scored 21 points and Jake Kretzer came off the bench with a career-high 19 as Akron extended its winning streak to 19 games, the nation's longest this season, by defeating Ohio 88-81 in overtime Wednesday night.

The Zips (23-4, 13-0 Mid-American Conference) overcame a 21-3 first-half Ohio run that put them in a 34-16 hole.

Akron had a 15-0 run of its own for a 49-45 lead 6:05 into the second half, but the Bobcats (20-8, 11-2) didn't fold. Jon Smith's layup for Ohio in the final second of regulation sent it to overtime.

Kretzer, who was 4-for-4 in the second half, all 3-pointers, and 6-of-6 overall, began overtime with two free throws and Akron never looked back.

Zeke Marshall and Alex Abreu scored 16 each for Akron.

D.J. Cooper scored 26 points for Ohio. Walter Offutt added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

The Zips will get a chance to push the program's incredible winning streak to 20 against arch-rival Kent State next Friday in a matchup scheduled for 7 p.m. at James A. Rhodes Arena.

The Flashes also won in overtime on Wednesday, 83-81, in Kent over Buffalo on a game-winning shot by Chris Evans at the buzzer.

Ball State 95, Central Michigan 90

MUNCIE, Ind. — Jauwan Scaife scored a career-high 34 points, including six 3-pointers, and Ball State continued its home domination of Central Michigan with a 95-90 victory Wednesday night.

Scaife, a senior, was 8-of-12 from the field, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range, for the Cardinals (12-14, 5-8 Mid-American), who improved to 19-2 all-time against Central Michigan at Worthen Arena. Chris Bond and Jesse Berry added 15 points apiece, and Majok Majok had 10 points and nine rebounds.

Kyle Randall and Chris Fowler scored 18 each for the Chippewas (9-18, 2-11), who lost their 10th straight. Fowler added 13 rebounds.

Ball State never trailed and led by as many as 15, but CMU rallied late, pulling within 92-90 on John Simons’ free throw with 10 seconds left. Scaife then hit two free throws to cap a 12-of-13 night at the line, and Berry made another for the final margin.

Western Michigan 65, Toledo 62

TOLEDO — Darius Paul scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both highs for the freshman forward, as Western Michigan defeated Toledo 65-62 Wednesday night.

The victory gave the Broncos (18-9, 9-4) sole possession of first place in the Mid-American Conference’s West Division, breaking a tie with the Rockets (13-12, 8-5).

Consecutive baskets by Nate Hutcheson, Paul and David Brown gave Western Michigan a 62-58 lead with 2:29 remaining, and Hutcheson’s two free throws made it 65-62 with 26 seconds left.

After Julius Brown missed a 3-pointer for Toledo, two missed free throws by Shayne Whittington gave the Rockets one more chance, but Dominique Buckley misfired on a final 3-point try.

David Brown scored all 15 of his points for Western Michigan in the second half, when the Broncos outrebounded the Rockets 24-14.

Reese Holliday scored 16 points, Julius Brown 15 and Rian Pearson 14 for Toledo.

OTHERS SCORES

Eastern Michigan 53, Northern Illinois 41

Bowling Green 52, Miami 44

— Associated Press

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