MAC Basketball Roundup: Zips fail to edge Bulls

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Buffalo 96, Akron 90

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Joshua Freelove scored a career-high 21 points and Javon McCrea and Jarod Oldham added 20 apiece as Buffalo held off Akron 96-90 on Wednesday.

The Bulls (15-8, 9-4, Mid-American Conference) shot 63.3 percent to move into a tie with the Zips (17-9, 9-4) atop the East Division standings.

McCrea, who moved within 19 points of the school career scoring record, also had 13 rebounds as the Bulls had a 34-24 on the glass and contributed a career-high eight assists.

Demetrius Treadwell had 21 points for Akron with Nyles Evans adding 16 off the bench and Quincy Diggs 14.

The Zips, down 14 at one point, were within 85-82 with 2:20 to play but the Bulls scored seven straight points. Freelove made a layup , Shannon Evans converted a three-point play and Oldham made two free throws. After Diggs drained a 3, Freelove quickly broke free for a dunk.

 

Western Michigan 73, Ohio 63

ATHENS -- David Brown scored 23 points as first-place Western Michigan beat Ohio 73-63 for its sixth straight win on Wednesday.

It was Western Michigan's first win in Athens since Jan. 22, 2000

Connar Tava added 18 points for Western Michigan (17-8, 10-3 Mid-American Conference), while Shayne Whittington added 11 and 11 rebounds. Western Michigan made 50 percent of its shots and its defense forced 17 turnovers and collected 10 steals.

Nick Kellogg had 20, 17 in the second half, for Ohio (18-8, 8-5) and Maurice Ndour 14.

Western Michigan led 31-18 until Ndour started and ended a 6-0 run to close the half at 31-25.

Back-to-back 3-pointers by Austin Richie and Brown gave Western Michigan a 45-32 lead and the Broncos would lead by double figures until Kellogg's 3-pointer with 23 second left.

 

Central Michigan 101, Ball State 95 (3 OTs)

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Braylon Rayson scored a career-high 30 points, including the first 11 for Central Michigan in the third overtime as the Chippewas defeated Ball State 101-95 Wednesday night.

Rayson's spurt put Central Michigan (9-16, 2-12 Mid-American) ahead 96-89 and the Cardinals (4-20, 1-12) couldn't get closer than six after that.

CMU's Chris Fowler added 18 points and 12 assists and Austin Stewart 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Ball State's Chris Bond had the last baskets in the first two overtimes.

Blake Hibbits made three consecutive 3-pointers at the end of regulation to bring the Chippewas back from a seven-point deficit with 31 seconds left. His 3-pointer with 9 seconds tied the game.

Ball State led the entire second half, except for one brief tie, until Hibbits' run of 3s. Hibbits, who had 17 points, fouled out in the second overtime.

Bond led four Cardinals with 21 points and had 12 rebounds.

 

MAC Women's Basketball Scores

Bowling Green 67, Central Mich. 55

Toledo 80, Eastern Michigan 73

Akron 89, Northern Illinois 75

Western Michigan 71, Ohio 64

Buffalo 61, Kent State 53

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