MAC Basketball Roundup (Feb. 12): Western Michigan sneaks past Akron

Record-Courier staff report Published:

Western Michigan 57, Akron 54

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- David Brown scored 17 points and Western Michigan pulled ahead in the final 2 minutes to beat Akron 57-54 on Wednesday night.

Akron (16-8, 8-3 Mid-American) led by eight at halftime. The Broncos tied the score midway through the second half after Shane Whittington scored five-straight points. Western Michigan (15-8, 8-3) did not take back the lead for the first time since a 4-2 advantage, however, until Brown hit a layup with 1:16 to play.

Akron's Quincy Diggs made two free throws to tie the score again, but the Zips missed their last two shots and Eastern Michigan closed out the game with three free throws.

Toledo 82, Ohio 76

TOLEDO -- Rian Pearson scored 29 points and Toledo defeated Ohio 82-76 Wednesday night.

The victory kept the Rockets (21-3, 9-2) atop the Mid-American Conference's West Division while Ohio (17-7, 7-4) dropped into second place in the East behind co-leaders Akron and Buffalo. The Rockets had lost at Ohio 95-90 in OT on Feb. 1.

Pearson hit 12-of-18 shots for his 29 points, one short of his career high. Julius Brown added 17 points.

Buffalo 75, Miami 62

OXFORD -- Javon McCrea scored 25 points -- moving into second place on Buffalo's all-time scoring list -- and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat Miami (Ohio) 75-62 Wednesday night.

McCrea made 12 of 14 field goals, including a layup with 12:41 left in the first half which moved him past Jim Horne -- who scored 1,833 points from 1951-55 -- and gave Buffalo 17-8 lead. McCrea now sits 51 points behind Rasaun Young, who scored 1,908 career points.

The Bulls (14-7, 8-3 Mid-American) never trailed and out-rebounded the RedHawks 40-25.

Eastern Michigan 73, Ball State 62

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Ray Lee led Eastern Michigan with 24 points as the Eagles cruised to a 73-62 victory over Ball State on Wednesday night.

Lee was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line and knocked down two of Eastern Michigan's four 3-pointers. Mike Talley chipped in 13 points and Da'Shonte Riley added six blocks for the Eagles (14-10, 6-5 Mid-American).

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