MAC Men's Basketball: Akron pick up road win over Ball State

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Akron 72, Ball State 68

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Quincy Diggs scored 21 points and Akron held on to defeat Ball State 72-68 in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night.

Chris Bond made a 3-pointer for Ball State with 2.7 seconds remaining to cut the difference to three, 71-68. Akron's Nick Harney made one free throw and the Cardinals missed a long 3-point attempt to close out the game.

The score was tied up at 45 with 11:46 to go, and Ball State took its first lead of the game at 47-45. The Zips (9-5, 1-0) responded with a 7-0 run to go up 52-47.

Akron finished 17-of-24 on free throws, and 10 of its final 16 points came from the line. The Zips combined for 29 personal fouls, which led to 26 points for Ball State (3-9, 0-1).

Eastern Michigan 56, Bowling Green 51

BOWLING GREEN -- Mike Talley scored 14 points and Karrington Ward added 13 to propel Eastern Michigan past Bowling Green 56-51 in a Mid-American Conference opener Wednesday night.

The Eagles (9-5, 1-0) looked to pull away early in the second half as Glenn Bryant's three-point play and ensuing dunk ignited a 9-0 run, putting Eastern Michigan up 35-27.

Bowling Green (6-8, 0-1) fought right back, with Anthony Henderson converting a three-point play and hitting a 3-pointer to tie the game at 36 near the midway mark. Eastern Michigan powered ahead from there with an 18-7 surge capped by a Talley free throw with 1:29 remaining.

OTHER SCORES: Miami 77, Central Michigan 70; Western Michigan 87, Toledo 76

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