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MAC Late layup nets a win for Akron



Published: Fri, February 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Dru Joyce breaks a 69-69 tie to lift Zips past Bowling Green.

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BOWLING GREEN -- Dru Joyce's layup with one second remaining sent the Akron Zips to a 71-69 win over Bowling Green on Thursday night.

After the lead changed hands three times in the final three minutes, Bowling Green's John Reimold hit two free throws to tie the game 69-69 with 25 seconds to go.

The Zips (13-6, 7-4 Mid American Conference) then hung onto the ball until the final second, when Joyce got to the basket for the game-winner. He finished with nine points.

Bubba Walther led the Zips with 15 points, while Romeo Travis and Mario Collins each scored 13.

Josh Almanson had 21 points for the Falcons (12-6, 6-4), while Reimold finished with 18. Steven Wright had 14 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

Miami (Ohio) 76, Toledo 64

TOLEDO -- Chet Mason had 27 points and nine rebounds, and Danny Horace added 14 points and five assists to lead Miami.

Nathan Peavy added 13 points for Miami (13-5, 8-2 MAC).

Sammy Villegas led Toledo (9-10, 5-5) with 20 points.

Ball St. 69, Cent. Michigan 56

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Terrance Chapman scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Ball State.

Dennis Trammell led Ball State (12-6, 7-3 MAC) with 16 points while Peyton Stovall added 13 and Julien Mills 10.

Giordan Watson led the Chippewas (7-12, 2-9) with 21 points while Tom Pantlind had a career-high 13.

N. Illinois 77, Marshall 66

DEKALB, Ill. -- Mike McKinney scored 22 points and Cory Sims added 17 to lead Northern Illinois.

Mark Patton led Marshall (3-16, 0-10 MAC) with 17 points, and Tre Whitted added 10.

Todd Peterson, scored 11 points for Northern Illinois (8-11, 4-7).

W. Michigan 82, E. Michigan 71

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Ben Reed scored 21 points and had a game-high 11 rebounds to lead Western Michigan.

Reed was 9-of-16 as the Broncos (15-6, 8-3 MAC) retained sole possession of first place in the West. Rickey Willis added 16 points for the team, Levi Rost scored 14 and Stane's Bufford had 12. Rost had a game-high six assists.

Markus Austin scored 21 to lead Eastern Michigan (9-11, 3-8), which lost its seventh straight. John Bowler and Darryl Garrett chipped in 15 apiece for the Eagles.




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