MAC Men's Basketball Roundup: Toledo captures share of MAC regular-season title with win over Eastern Michigan

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TOLEDO 77, EASTERN MICHIGAN 66

TOLEDO — Justin Drummond scored 22 points and Toledo took down Eastern Michigan 77-66 Saturday to capture a share of the Mid-American Conference regular-season title.

Toledo (26-5, 14-4) tied Western Michigan in the conference standings, but Western Michigan has a better division record and holds the top seed in the conference tournament.

Leading 35-32 at half, Toledo opened the second half on a 9-0 run. Eastern Michigan cut the lead to 56-53, but Drummond responded with nine straight points as the Rockets pulled away.

Rian Pearson had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Toledo while Julius Brown had 13 points and tied Drummond with seven assists. Jonathan Williams added 12 points.

Karrington Ward led Eastern Michigan (18-13, 10-8) with 20 points. Raven Lee added 14 and Mike Talley 12.

Toledo earned its school-record 26th win of the year, and finished the season undefeated at home for the first time since 1966-67.

OHIO 82, MIAMI (OHIO) 76 (OT)

OXFORD — Maurice Ndour and Javarez Willis scored 15 points apiece as Ohio rallied for an 82-76 overtime win in the Battle of the Bricks against Miami (Ohio) Saturday.

Nick Kellogg added 14 points and Antonio Campbell 13 for Ohio (21-10, 11-7 Mid-American Conference). The Bobcats tied the game in the waning seconds on an acrobatic layup from Ndour and nearly stunned Miami (12-17, 8-10) in regulation before pulling away during overtime.

Following Ndour’s make, Kellogg stole the ensuing inbounds pass but stepped out of bounds with .2 seconds remaining as he corralled the ball and drained a 3-pointer.

Kellogg hit a 3 for a 71-70 overtime lead and Willis added another with 2:07 left for a 74-70 advantage. The Bobcats hit 6 of 8 free throws in the final 40 seconds to hold on.

Willie Moore led the RedHawks with 24 points. Quinten Rollins and Will Sullivan each had 12.

BUFFALO 88, BOWLING GREEN 65

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Javon McCrea scored a career-high 34 points, hitting 13 of 18 from the field, as Buffalo routed Bowling Green 88-65 on Saturday to clinch its first outright Mid-American Conference East Division title.

Buffalo (19-9, 13-5 Mid-American) went on an 18-3 run in the second half to extend a nine-point lead to 66-42 with less than 10 minutes to play. The Bulls led by double-digits for the rest of the game.

Jarryn Skeete added 11 points and Joshua Freelove had 10 as Buffalo avenged a 74-68 loss on Feb. 2 to Bowling Green (12-19, 6-12). The Bulls have now won eight of their last 10.

Buffalo committed just five turnovers while forcing 16, which the Bulls converted into 25 points.

Former Kent Roosevelt High School star Cameron Black had 19 points for Bowling Green, which has now lost eight of its last 10.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS 70, BALL STATE 56

DEKALB, Ill. — Darrell Bowie scored 17 points and Northern Illinois had a 37-13 advantage in bench scoring to pull away from Ball State 70-56 on Saturday.

Aaron Armstead led the charge off the bench with 11 points and his brother Aaric and J.J. Cravatta had nine each for the Huskies (14-16, 8-10 Mid-American Conference).

Frank House had 19 points and Majok Majok 12 for the Cardinals (5-24, 2-16), who have lost 12-of-13.

Northern Illinois led 28-27 at the half. Chris Bond made a basket for Ball State at 18:42 to tie the game at 41 but the Cardinals were limited to four free throws until Mark Alstork had a three-point play with 7 minutes left. By then the Huskies led 48-39.

Ball State ended up 2-of-11 from 3-point range and had 19 turnovers. Northern Illinois was 24-of-31 from the foul line.

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