MAC Basketball: Toledo, Akron score wins over challenging opponents

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Toledo 83, Bowling Green 76

TOLEDO -- Justin Drummond scored 22 points and J.D. Weatherspoon added 13 rebounds as Toledo held on to defeat Bowling Green 83-76 on Wednesday night.

The Rockets (19-3, 7-2 Mid-American Conference) jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first 4:15 of the game and led the rest of the way. Weatherspoon finished with 12 points and Rian Pearson added 16. Drummond went 10-of-11 from the free-throw line.

Bowling Green (10-12, 4-5) climbed within two after a 6-0 run with 15:21 left to play. A 3-pointer by Drummond gave the Rockets a six-point lead with 5:25 left, but the Falcons managed to once again get back within two. Consistent free-throw shooting (29-of-35, 82.9 percent) kept Toledo ahead.

Jehvon Clarke and Anthony Henderson led Bowling Green with 23 points each. Clarke finished with eight assists and Cameron Black added 10 rebounds for the Falcons.

Western Michigan 90, Ohio 74

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Austin Richie scored 22 points and had a nearly perfect shooting night on Wednesday to lead Western Michigan over Ohio 90-74.

Richie hit all three of his 3-point attempts, all nine of his free throws, and shot 5-of-6 from the field overall. Western Michigan shot 59.6 percent, including 8-of-13 from 3-point range.

David Brown added 20 points, while Shayne Whittington and Connar Tava each scored 18 to pull the Broncos (13-8, 6-3 Mid-American) even with Ohio in conference play.

The score was tied 57-57 with 9 minutes to play when the Broncos broke the game open with a 17-4 run. Richie capped the run on a jumper with 4:41 left to give Western Michigan a 74-61 lead; the Broncos led by no less than nine points from there.

Maurice Ndour had 20 points to lead the Bobcats (16-6, 6-3).

Akron 52, Eastern Michigan 48

AKRON -- Demetrius Treadwell scored 17 points and Nick Harney added 15 as Akron took its first lead of the game with 42 seconds remaining to beat Eastern Michigan 52-48 on Wednesday night.

Akron (15-7, 7-2 Mid-American Conference) trailed by nine points at the half and was still down by the same margin after a dunk by Eastern Michigan's DaShonte Riley with 5:57 left to play. Quincy Diggs responded with a 3-pointer for the Zips to spark a quick 7-0 run that put Akron within two. A three-point play by Carmelo Betancourt tied up the score, and the Zips closed out the game on a 6-2 run in the remaining 42 seconds to edge past Eastern Michigan.

Daylen Harrison and Darell Combs each scored 10 points for the Eagles (12-10, 4-5), who went 2-of-11 from 3-point range and made 18-for-45 from the floor.

Buffalo 69, Ball State 48

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Javon McCrea scored 19 points and hauled in 14 rebounds to lead Buffalo to a 69-48 blowout over Ball State on Wednesday night.

Buffalo (12-7, 6-3 Mid-American Conference) led most of the game but took control midway through the second half with a 12-2 run fueled by 10-for-10 shooting from the free-throw line to make it 60-41 with 5:34 to go. The Bulls then continued to pull away down the stretch.

Jarod Oldham contributed 17 points and Will Regan added 13 for the Bulls, who got 26 points on 35 attempts from the free-throw line compared to Ball State's 6-of-12. McCrea reached 1,800 career points in the win.

Ball State (4-16, 1-8) pulled to within two on a 3-pointer by Chris Bond that made it 31-29 early in the second half but couldn't keep up.

Bond led the Cardinals with 15 points.

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