MAC Basketball Roundup: Toledo stays undefeated with 69-67 win over Cleveland State

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Toledo 69, Cleveland St 67

TOLEDO -- J.D. Weatherspoon carried much of the load and scored 18 points as Toledo narrowly edged Cleveland St 69-67 on Saturday in a non-conference matchup.

Weatherspoon also grabbed eight rebounds and Nathan Boothe added 14 points as Toledo (11-0) matched their best start since 1966.

Cleveland State (6-6) stayed within striking distance of the undefeated Rockets trailing 45-39 at the half, after falling behind 18-4 at the start.

The Vikings closed on Toledo in the second trailing 47-46 before letting the Rockets open a nine point lead at 8:21. Cleveland clawed back and tied the score at 63 on a Chris Lee 3-pointer.

Both teams played hard-nosed defense over the final four minutes, but two Justin Drummond steals in the final minute and a Weatherspoon dunk preserved the win for Toledo.

Trey Lewis scored 21 points for the Vikings who limited Toledo to just 36 percent from the field.

Eastern Michigan 81, Oakland 79

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- Darell Combs hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left as Eastern Michigan edged Oakland 81-79 in overtime on Saturday.

After Combs' 3 gave Eastern Michigan (7-3) an 80-79 lead, Oakland missed a jumper with nine seconds left and committed a foul. Combs then made 1-of-2 free throws and Travis Bader missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Oakland (3-10).

Mike Talley led Eastern Michigan with 21 points, while Glenn Bryant added 14 and Combs had 13.

Travis Bader was 10-of-15 from beyond the arc, leading Oakland with 33 points. Bader moved up to sixth in NCAA history for most 3-pointers, now with 415 in his career.

Despite Bader's hot shooting, Oakland was just 37.9 percent from the field.

Western Michigan 92, Prairie View 53

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- David Brown scored 15 points and Jared Klein added 14 to help Western Michigan cruise past Prairie View A&M 92-53 Saturday.

Western Michigan (6-5) broke away early as Brown fueled a 19-2 run to open the game with a pair of 3-pointers, moving out to a 40-24 advantage at the break. They led by as many as 42 points in the second half, coasting to a shooting percentage of 56.9.

The Broncos had five players score in double figures, with Charles Harris getting 12 and Connar Tava and A.J. Avery each contributing 10. Taylor Perry had four points and nine rebounds.

Prairie View A&M (2-9) took the lead on the opening possession with a Demondre Chapman layup, but went on a scoring drought until the 11:58 mark in the first half. Chapman led the Panthers with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting and seven boards.

Manhattan 84, Buffalo 81

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Rhamel Brown made two crucial blocks as Manhattan took an 84-81 overtime victory over Buffalo on Saturday at the Barclays Center.

Rich Williams' putback gave the Jaspers an 83-81 lead with 18 seconds left in overtime. Brown blocked two consecutive shots and teammate RaShawn Stores was fouled. Stores made 1-of-2 free throws, and a final Bulls 3-point shot missed.

Manhattan's Shane Richards forced overtime by making three free throws after being fouled on a 3-point attempt with 5 seconds left.

George Beamon's 22 points led Manhattan. The Jaspers made a season-high 16 steals.

Jaspers starting point guard Michael Alvarado and Donovan Kates were ejected at 15:05 of first half after leaving the bench momentarily following an altercation on the floor.

Manhattan has won six straight games and, at 9-2, is off to its best start since 2001-02.

Shannon Evans scored 20 points to lead Buffalo (4-4).

Southern Illinois 66, Ball State 58

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Jalen Pendleton scored 21 points to lead Southern Illinois to a 66-58 victory over Ball State Saturday.

Desmar Jackson also had 19 points for Southern Illinois (3-8).

There were 19 lead changes and 11 ties in the game. The Salukis held a slim 38-37 advantage at the break.

Jackson hit a 3-pointer to open the second period. Anthony Bean had a layup and free throw to stretch the lead to 44-37. The Cardinals came back to tie the score at 44 on a Majok Majok free throw with 15:26 remaining in the game.

Ball State (2-7) trailed 58-57 after Mark Alstork made two free throws with 3:53 remaining. The Salukis then scored seven unanswered points as Jackson made four free throws and Pendelton had a jumper and a free throw to stretch the lead to 65-57 with 17 seconds remaining.

Zavier Turner had 15 points for Ball State.

Miami 79, Tennessee State 64

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Will Sullivan and Will Felder combined for 40 points in leading Miami (Ohio) to a 79-64 win over Tennessee State on Saturday.

Sullivan scored 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting while Felder added 19, shooting 6-of-11 and grabbing eight rebounds for the RedHawks.

Miami hit 57 percent of their shots from the field compared to Tennessee's 39 percent.

Miami (3-6), in recording its first road win of the season, was up 37-32 at the break, but came out shooting poorly in the first minutes of the second half. Tennessee State (1-11) failed to take advantage of the opportunity, losing grip on any comeback opportunity.

Patrick Miller, who leads the team in scoring with 20.5 ppg, scored 26 points but shot only 33 percent from the field for the Tigers who open conference play against Eastern Illinois next Saturday.

MAC Women's Basketball Scores

Eastern Michigan 69, Wagner 58

Buffalo 78, Niagara 70

Ball State 67, Eastern Kentucky 63

Northern Iowa 66, Northern Illinois 64

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