MAC Ball State tops Kent; Marshall mauls Akron
The Thundering Herd led by 16 at halftime and cruised over the Zips.
MUNCIE, Ind. -- Chris Williams had 22 points and Cameron Echols had 12 points and 18 rebounds as Ball State beat Kent State 83-75 Wednesday night.
The Cardinals (11-11, 6-6 Mid-American Conference) had four players in double figures as the lead changed 19 times during the game.
Kent State (17-4, 10-3 MAC) outscored the Cardinals in the paint 36-22 and outrebounded Ball State 44-39, but the Golden Flashes suffered on turnovers, scoring only seven off Ball State while the Cardinals scored 22 at Kent State's expense.
After a 41-41 halftime tie, Ball State edged ahead 74-73 with 2:09 left. That was the closest the Golden Flashes came for the rest of the game as the Cardinals scored their final seven points on free throws.
Matt McCollom had 20 points and Robert Owens 13 for Ball State, which went 23-of-28 from the free-throw line.
Antonio Gates led Kent State with 22 points before fouling out with 3:41 left. Eric Haut had 18, John Edwards had 14 and Nate Gerwig 12 for the Golden Flashes.
Marshall 74, Akron 58
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Ronald Blackshear scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half as Marshall opened up a double-digit lead early.
Marvin Black had 19 points on 8-of-8 shooting for Marshall (11-10, 7-6 Mid-American). Monty Wright added 15 points and Ardo Armpalu scored 10.
Akron's Andy Hipsher doubled his average with 16 points, but Akron was held 24 points below its league-leading 82 points a game, and two of the conference's top eight scorers had subpar games.
Derrick Tarver finished with 12 points, 11 below his average of 23, and John Hollingsworth was held to five points, 13 below his average of 18.