MAC Tournament Roundup: Miami RedHawks pull upset of Bowling Green

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MIAMI 63, BOWLING GREEN 52

BOWLING GREEN -- Jon Harris scored 14 points as 11th-seeded Miami (Ohio) snapped a nine-game losing streak in beating sixth-seeded Bowling Green 63-52 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Monday night.

The RedHawks (9-21) ended the regular season losers of 12 of their final 13 games, including a 52-44 loss to Bowling Green on Feb. 27, when they blew a 31-24 halftime lead.

Miami made amends Monday, expanding a 34-31 intermission edge with a 9-0 run to open the second period.

Bowling Green's later 9-0 run brought the Falcons (13-19) within 47-45, but Reggie Johnson's 3-pointer gave the RedHawks a 55-49 cushion with 1:40 left. Bowling Green trailed by at least five points the rest of the way.

The Falcons' A'uston Calhoun had 10 points and six rebounds, and now has 603 boards for his career.

Kent Roosevelt graduate Cameron Black II, a junior, scored two points, had four rebounds and blocked three shots for the Falcons.

BUFFALO 75, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 72 (OT)

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Javon McCrea scored six of his 21 points in overtime as Buffalo defeated Central Michigan 75-72 on Monday.

McCrea went 8-of-10 shooting to go with eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Will Regan added 15 points, Tony Watson 14 and Raphell Thomas-Edwards came off the bench to score 10 for the eighth-seeded Bulls, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

The game saw 18 lead changes in regulation before Kyle Randall's 3-pointer drew it to 67-all with 21 seconds left -- the 11th tie of the night.

Randall, who led ninth-seeded Central Michigan with 31 points, missed two straight layups and had a third blocked as part of a 0-for-5 overtime-opening shooting performance.

EASTERN MICHIGAN 45, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 44

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Jalen Ross' 3-pointer with 32 seconds left gave Eastern Michigan a 45-44 victory over Northern Illinois in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament Monday night.

Da'Shonte Riley had 13 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots for the seventh-seeded Eagles (15-17).

Wednesday's Games: No. 5 Ball State vs. No. 8 Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. (SportsTime Ohio); No. 7 Eastern Michigan vs. No. 11 Miami, 9 p.m. (STO).

Thursday's Games: No. 4 Kent State vs. Ball State-Buffalo winner, 6:30 p.m. (STO); No. 3 Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan-Miami winner, 9 p.m. (STO).

-- Associated Press

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