MAC Men's Basketball Roundup: Toledo topples Ball State 80-73

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Toledo 80, Ball State 73

MUNCIE, Ind. — Rian Pearson scored 20 points to lead a balanced attack as Toledo toppled Ball State 80-73 on Saturday.

Toledo (20-3, 8-2 Mid-American) won its eighth in its last nine games and retains the top seed in the MAC West Division. Julius Brown scored 18, Justin Drummond had 12 and Nathan Boothe added 11 points.

Ball State (4-17, 1-9) has now lost five in a row. The Cardinals were led by Zavier Turner with 19, while Majok Majok scored 17 and Chris Bond had 12.

The Rockets led 33-18 with 8:46 in the first half, but went scoreless until Pearson’s layup with 36 seconds left. The teams were tied at 35 at the break.

Toledo led by two with 2:54 left but Ball State missed three of its last four shots and Toledo hit 5-of-6 free throws to hang on for the win.

Ohio 82, Miami (Ohio) 75

ATHENS — Nick Kellogg pumped in 27 points and Travis Wilkins added 23, both career highs, to lead Ohio to an 82-75 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

Trailing 47-32 at the break, Ohio (17-6, 7-3 Mid-American Conference) rallied huge in the second half with a 22-5 run that included a trio of Wilkins 3-pointers. The lead went back and forth before the Bobcats took control with back-to-back 3-pointers from Kellogg to take a 68-65 lead they would pad and protect over the final three minutes.

Maurice Ndour contributed 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bobcats, who hit 29-of-55 from field (53 percent) and were 11-of-29 from 3-point range.

Miami (9-12, 5-5) hit 25-of-53 overall but was held to just 12.5 percent shooting in the second half while being outscored 50-28.

Will Felder and Bill Edwards led the Redhawks with 19 points each.

Buffalo 79, Central Michigan 70

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Javon McCrea pumped in 25 points and grabbed a career-high 20 rebounds as Buffalo posted a 79-70 win over Central Michigan Saturday night.

The Bulls completed their season series with the Mid-America Conference West Division and now concentrate on the East Division, where they are one game back of Akron in the loss column and face Miami (Ohio) Wednesday.

Shannon Evans scored 19 points and Jarod Oldham and Joshua Freelove added 11 and 10, respectively, for Buffalo (13-7, 7-4 MAC). The Bulls were 29-of-56 from the field (51.8 percent), 7-of-18 from long range and held a 40-26 advantage on the boards.

Central Michigan (8-14, 1-9) won its first conference game Wednesday night, knocking off Kent State in overtime.

Blake Hibbitts and Chris Fowler each scored 17 points to lead the Chippewas, with Austin Stewart adding another 15 points. Central Michigan shot 24-of-58 (41.4 percent).

— Associated Press

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