MAC Men's Basketball Roundup (Jan. 29)

Associated Press Published:

BUFFALO 84, WESTERN MICHIGAN 63

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Javon McCrea scored 20 points as Buffalo cruised past Western Michigan 84-63 on Wednesday.

Buffalo (11-6, 5-2 Mid-American) shot 52 percent from the floor and won the rebound battle 41-27. Shannon Evans had 17 points, Justin Moss and Joshua Freelove added 14 apiece and Will Regan chipped in with 10 points and eight boards.

Shayne Whittington led Western Michigan (11-8, 4-3) with 13 points, while Tucker Haymond and David Brown both had 11 points.

Western Michigan led for the first 6 minutes of the game, but McCrea made five straight baskets, including a dunk, to give Buffalo a lead it never relinquished. The Bison led by 14, 39-25, at the half.

An 8-2 run to open the second half extended Buffalo's lead to 19 and they were never challenged in the frame.

Toledo 83, Miami 70

OXFORD -- Justin Drummond scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Toledo pulled away from Miami (Ohio) for an 83-70 victory on Wednesday night.

The Rockets (18-2, 6-1 Mid-American) opened the second half on a 17-5 run to extend its lead 54-38 and maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of the game. Drummond scored eight straight points during the run.

Nathan Boothe added 14 points and J.D. Weatherspoon had 13 for Toledo, which shot 55 percent from the field and won its sixth straight game. Boothe also had three blocks while Julius Brown had eight assists for the Rockets.

Miami (8-10, 4-3) made just 1 of 17 from beyond the arc and got out-rebounded 44-26 by Toledo. Geovonie McKnight had a career-high 18 points for the RedHawks.

Akron 73, Ball State 46

AKRON -- Demetrius Treadwell and Nick Harney led the way for Akron with 15 points each on Wednesday night in a 73-46 victory over Ball State.

After falling behind early, Akron used a 24-2 run through the middle of the first half to build a 35-19 lead at the break. The Zips started slow again in the second, but rolled off 15 straight points to open a 24-4 run which led to their biggest advantage at 66-38.

Kwan Cheatham, Jr. had a career-high 14 points and Reggie McAdams added 11 for Akron (14-6, 6-1 Mid-American) which remains in first place in the MAC East Division.

Majok Majok had 15 points to lead Ball State (4-14, 1-6).

Jesse Berry's layup with 13:12 left in the first gave Ball State its largest lead at 12-6. The Cardinals opened the second half with a 14-2 run to close within 39-33.

Eastern Michigan 69, Bowling Green 57

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Glenn Bryant came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points and grab 10 rebounds to lead Eastern Michigan to a 69-57 victory over Bowling Green on Wednesday night.

Mike Talley had 12 points, four assists and five rebounds for the Eagles (12-8, 4-3 Mid-American Conference). Daylen Harrison and Ray Lee each added 10 points.

Eastern Michigan hit 40 percent from the field overall and 60.7 percent from the line. The Eagles outrebounded the Falcons 45-36.

The Eagles led by 10 points, 39-29, at the break and continued to dominate in the second, going on to lead by as many as 19 points, 69-50, with 2:25 left to play. Bowling Green went 7-0 in the final two minutes but could not touch the Eagles.

Richaun Holmes led the Falcons (9-11, 3-4) with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Ohio 71, Central Michigan 67

ATHENS -- Maurice Ndour scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Ohio came back from an 18-point second-half deficit to beat Central Michigan 71-67 on Wednesday night.

Ohio (15-5, 5-2 Mid-American) trailed 48-30 with less than 15 minutes to play, but then went on a 21-3 run to tie the game at 51 with 8 minutes left.

Stevie Taylor hit the go-ahead jumper for Ohio with 2:04 left, giving the Bobcats a 69-67 lead. Ohio then shut out Central Michigan (7-12, 0-7) for the remainder of the game.

Nick Kellogg added 15 points for the Bobcats, while Jon Smith had 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.

Chris Fowler had 19 points for Central Michigan, which led 33-25 at halftime and built its 18-point lead with 10 straight second-half points.

Want to leave your comments?

Sign in or Register to comment.