No. 8 BUFFALO 76, No. 5 BALL STATE 61
CLEVELAND -- Will Regan hit five 3-pointers en route to 36 points, and Buffalo defeated Ball State 76-61 Wednesday night in the second round of the Mid-American Conference tournament.
Javon McCrea added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Bulls (14-19), whose 74-72 overtime win against Central Michigan in the opening round snapped a two-game skid.
Ball State (15-15) built a 36-26 lead with 1:39 left to play in the opening frame. However, McCrea converted a layup on Buffalo's next possession, sparking a 29-8 run for the Bulls. Regan capped the run, which spanned nearly 8 minutes, with a 3-pointer.
McCrea and Regan hit back-to-back shots with just under 3 minutes left to give the Bulls their biggest lead, 74-54.
Buffalo made 16-of-25 shots and outscored Ball State 46-25 in the second half.
Jauwan Scaife scored 28 for fifth-seeded Ball State, which went 20-of-56 shooting. Majok Majok added 10 points.
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No. 5 Bowling Green 55, No. 9 Western Michigan 53
CLEVELAND -- The fifth-seeded Bowling Green Falcons defeated the ninth-seeded Western Michigan Broncos 55-53 on Wednesday.
Alexis Rogers led the Falcons (22-9) with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Broncos trailed 37-19 at the half, and had the ball with under 10 seconds to go, but the Falcons defense forced Aurielle Anderson into a double-dribble turnover.
Marquisha Harris had 12 points and 9 rebounds for the Broncos (11-20).
The Falcons will play fourth-seeded Central Michigan at noon in the third round today.
No. 7 Buffalo 82, No. 6 Miami 70
The seventh-seeded Buffalo Bulls defeated the sixth-seeded Miami (Ohio) RedHawks 82-70 on Wednesday.
The Bulls took the rubber match against the RedHawks as the two teams split their two regular season meetings.
Mackenzie Loesing had 24 points and 3 rebounds to lead the Bulls (12-19).
It was a back-and-forth affair throughout much of the first half and early parts of the second half, with 9 ties and 7 lead changes.
After a 30-30 tie at halftime, Buffalo eventually pulled away in the second half, jumping out to an 11-point lead with 6:04 left to play.
The Bulls were especially sharp in the second half, shooting 53 percent for the half resulting in 52 points.
The RedHawks (19-12) were led by Kirsten Olowinski's 25 points and 7 rebounds.
The Bulls will play third-seeded Akron today at 2:30 p.m.
-- Staff and wire reports