MAC Basketball Roundup (Feb. 26): Miami turns away Akron in Oxford

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Miami 65, Akron 61

OXFORD -- Will Felder and Will Sullivan scored 16 points each as Miami (Ohio) kept Akron at arm's length in the final minute to win 65-61 on Wednesday night.

Akron trailed by 13 with 13:46 to play, but whittled the deficit to eight over the next 3 minutes. The Zips 11-3 run tied the score at 53 with just under 6 minutes to play.

Felder knocked down two jumpers in a row for the RedHawks (11-15, 7-8 Mid-American), and a free throw by Sullivan with 2 seconds left gave Miami a two-point lead. The Zips turned the ball over on their final possession, and Quinten Rollins sank two free throws to end the game.

Rollins finished with nine points, six assists and six steals.

Deji Ibitayo scored 14 points and Demetrius Treadwell added 12 points with 11 rebounds to lead Akron (17-11, 9-6) in its final regular-season road game.

Buffalo 69, Ohio 64

ATHENS -- Javon McCrea scored 15 points as Buffalo used a balanced attack to protect first place in the Mid-American Conference with a 69-63 win over Ohio on Wednesday.

Joshua Freelove added 14 points, Jarod Oldham 13 and Will Regan 10 for the Bulls (17-8, 11-4), who began the night with a one-game lead over the Bobcats (19-9, 9-6) and Akron.

Nick Kellogg led Ohio with 18 points.

Buffalo only made 2-of-14 three-pointers while Ohio knocked down 8-of-22, three by Kellogg.

The Bulls led 42-27 at the half and pushed that to 17 before Ohio used a 12-0 run to get back in the game. The Bobcats got within two a couple times and trailed 65-64 with 1:10 to play before McCrea and Shannon Evans converted two free throws apiece in the final minute. However, Buffalo was only 13 of 23 from the line.

Eastern Michigan 64, Central Michigan 42

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Karrington Ward scored 18 points as Eastern Michigan rolled over Central Michigan 64-42 on Wednesday night.

Glenn Bryant came off the bench to add 12 points and five rebounds for the Eagles (16-12, 8-7 Mid-American Conference). Daylen Harrison and Da'Shonte Riley had six each.

Eastern Michigan went ahead early and led 24-19 at the break. The Eagles outscored the Chippewas nearly 2 to 1 in the second half and cruised to the win, snapping a two-game skid.

Chris Fowler led Central Michigan with 10 points. John Simons added six points and led the team with eight rebounds.

The Chippewas (10-17, 3-12) struggled all night for buckets from the field (13-of-51) and from 3-point range (8-of-22). They hit 44.4 percent from the line. They also committed 15 turnovers during the game, 10 of which came as EMU steals.

OTHER MAC SCORES

Western Michigan 88, Ball State 81

Northern Illinois 74, Toledo 66

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