Akron defeats Ohio 83-77 in MAC Tournament quarterfinals

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CLEVELAND -- Demetrius Treadwell scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 seed Akron to an 83-77 quarterfinal-round victory over fifth-seeded Ohio in the Mid-American Conference Tournament Thursday.

Akron faces No. 1 seed Western Michigan in the semifinal round today. This is the ninth straight year the Zips have reached the semifinals.

Quincy Diggs led Akron (21-11) with 20 points.

Reggie McAdams added 10.

Ohio (23-11) held a 38-33 halftime advantage and led throughout most of the second period. Diggs made a layup with 5:48 remaining to the tie score at 64. Nick Kellogg, who led Ohio with 25 points, hit a 3-point jumper to retake the lead but Nick Harney followed with a free throw and Treadwell made a layup to tie the score at 67. Treadwell made a free throw and Diggs made a three-point play for a 71-67 lead with 2:58 remaining.

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Akron 83, Toledo 69

CLEVELAND -- No. 3 Akron used a 57-point first half to cruise to victory over the No. 6 Toledo Rockets 83-69 in the MAC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Rockets scored the first basket of the contest less than 30 seconds into the game. The Zips scored the next two baskets of the game, and after the 18:40 mark of the first half Toledo never saw the lead again.

Play evened out in the second half as the Rockets outscored Akron by six to finish the game, but the early deficit was too much to overcome for Toledo.

Hanna Luburgh came up big for Akron in the first half, scoring 26 of her game-high 31 points, as did Anita Brown, scoring 12 of her 14 points in the opening half of play.

Also scoring in double-digits for the Zips were Rachel Tecca with 11 points and Carly Young with 10. Young finished the game with a double-double with her point total and 10 rebounds.

Five Rocket players finished in double-figures in the game. Leading the scoring column for Toledo were Inma Zanoguero with 12, Elena De Alfredo with 11, and Ana Capotosto, Brianna Jones and Andola Dortch with 10 points each.

Akron won the rebounding battle 45-38.

Akron moves on to the semifinals to face No. 2 Central Michigan today at 2:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.

Ball State 74, Buffalo 60

CLEVELAND -- No. 5 Ball State used a strong performance from the free-throw line to defeat the No. 4 Buffalo Bulls in the third round of the MAC Tournament on Thursday, 74-60.

The Cardinals and Bulls traded the lead back-and-forth throughout the first half, with neither able to make a solid run to pull away from their opponent. Ball State reached a five-point lead in the first half, while Buffalo topped out at a lead of seven points in the first half. That seven-point lead by the Bulls with 10:11 remaining in the first half was their largest and final lead of the game, as the Cardinals retook the lead and held onto it going into the locker room at halftime leading, 38-34.

Ball State remained in the lead the entire second half, but not without a scare from the Bulls. Ball State took its first double-digit lead at the 13:18 mark of the second half, but a run by Buffalo pulled the Bulls within two with eight minutes remaining in the game.

The Cardinals then went on a run of their own, pushing the lead back to 10 points with 2:31 remaining in the contest. Successful foul shooting in the final two minutes gave Ball State a 14-point lead with under a minute to play.

Ball State finished with three players in double-figures. Nathalie Fontaine led the Cardinals with a game-high 17 points, followed by Shelbie Justice with 15 points and Brandy Woody with 14.

Buffalo ended with four in double-digits. Margeaux Gupilan led the Bulls with 14 points, Kristen Sharkey and Alexus Malone had 11 each, and Mackenzie Loesing finished with 10 points.

Ball State will face No. 1 Bowling Green today at noon Quicken Loans Arena in the MAC Tournament semifinals.

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