MAC Men's Basketball Roundup: Suddenly surging Akron rolls past Buffalo

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AKRON 83, BUFFALO 71

AKRON — Quincy Diggs scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half to keep Akron’s hopes of sharing a Mid-American Conference East championship alive by beating Buffalo 83-71 on Tuesday.

Demetrius Treadwell added 17 points for Akron (19-11, 11-6 Mid-American Conference), despite picking up his fourth foul with 8:15 left. Nick Harney added 14.

After Treadwell went to the bench, Harney and Diggs combined to score 12 points to push Akron’s lead to 71-58 with 3:16 left.

Joshua Freelove scored 17 points for Buffalo (18-9, 12-5) and made four of the Bulls’ seven second-half 3-pointers. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak.

Akron avenged a 96-90 loss at Buffalo on Feb. 19.

Ohio beat Bowling Green 72-61 on Tuesday, preventing Akron from locking up a bye (No. 4 seed) in next week’s tournament.

OHIO 72, BOWLING GREEN 61

BOWLING GREEN — Nick Kellogg scored 25 points, making 8 of 13 field goal attempts, to lead Ohio to a 72-61 win over Bowling Green Tuesday night.

Ohio held a 33-21 halftime advantage and opened the second half with a 13-8 run to pull ahead 46-29. Bowling Green closed to 65-58 following an Anthony Henderson dunk with 1:27 remaining but Kellogg responded with a three-point play to seal the victory.

Javarez Willis had 16 points, hitting 4-of-5 3-point attempts and Antonio Campbell added 11 points for Ohio (20-10, 10-7 Mid-American Conference).

Ohio shot 57.8 percent from the field, making 26-of-45 attempts. The Bobcats shot 68.4 percent in the second half.

Henderson had 12 points and five steals and Spencer Parker added 11 points for Bowling Green (12-18, 6-11).

Ohio currently holds the No. 5 seed for the conference tournament, one game behind Akron.

TOLEDO 73, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 69

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — J.D. Weatherspoon and Justin Drummond combined for 32 points as Toledo held on for a 73-69 victory over Central Michigan Tuesday night.

Toledo held a comfortable 69-59 lead with 3:18 remaining following a layup by Drummond, who finished with 15 points. Braylon Rayson and John Simons nailed two straight 3-point jumpers and Chris Fowler made a layup with 55 seconds left as Central Michigan pulled within two, 69-67. Nathan Boothe made two free throws, but Simons answered with a layup with 7 seconds left. Drummond then made two free throws to seal the victory.

Toledo (25-5, 13-4 Mid-American Conference) remains atop the conference’s west division, one game ahead of Western Michigan, which it defeated in overtime 96-85 Saturday.

Witherspoon had 17 points and Julius Brown added 12 with four assists for Toledo.

Fowler had 15 points, Austin Stewart added 14 and Rayson had 13 for Central Michigan (10-19, 3-14).

EASTERN MICHIGAN 72, BALL STATE 58

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Ray Lee and Darell Combs each scored a dozen points as Eastern Michigan closed out its home schedule with a 72-58 win over Ball State Tuesday night.

Eastern Michigan led by as many as 11 points in the first half and pushed it to 15 midway through the second. Combs’ three-point play in the final minute gave the Eagles a 17-point advantage, but Quinten Payne drilled a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left to create the final margin.

Eastern Michigan (18-12, 10-7 Mid-American Conference) started five seniors on Senior Night. Normally a starter, Mike Talley came off the bench to score 10 points.

Majok Majok scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Ball State (5-23, 2-15) as the Cardinals outrebounded Eastern Michigan, 45-37. Chris Bond added 11 points.

The Eagles close out their regular season Saturday at West Division leading Toledo.

WESTERN MICHIGAN 61, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 56

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Shayne Whittington scored 21 points Tuesday and David Brown added 18 as Western Michigan downed Northern Illinois 61-56.

Western Michigan (20-9, 13-4) has already clinched at least a double-bye to the MAC Tournament quarterfinals, and can still take No. 1 seed with two wins and a Buffalo loss this week.

Northern Illinois (13-6, 7-10) led 25-24 at halftime after Aaric Armstead’s layup.

The Huskies pulled ahead 35-30 in the second on Jordan Threloff’s two-point tip shot, but the Broncos took a 49-48 lead on a free throw by Brown. Armstead’s three free throws tied it at 55, but Connar Tava’s layup put the Broncos up 57-55, then Austin Richie and Whittington each made a pair of free throws to clinch the win.

Armstead finished with 15 and Threloff 13 with 13 boards.

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