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MAC ROUNDUP Buffalo pulls out 77-66 win over Kent



Published: Wed, February 16, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Bulls rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the Flashes.

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AMHERST, N.Y. -- Turner Battle scored 22 points to help fuel a Buffalo come-from-behind victory over Kent State 77-66 Tuesday.

Mark Bortz chipped in 13 points, and Daniel Gilbert and Calvin Cage added 12 points each as the Bulls (16-7, 9-6 Mid-American Conference) extended their win streak to three games.

Down by nine at the half, Buffalo put together a 17-5 run capped by Cage's 3-pointer with 12:59 left. Battle, Bortz, Cage and Gilbert accounted for all of the Bulls' points during the stretch.

Scott Cutley's jumper gave the Golden Flashes (16-9, 8-6) a 62-60 lead with 7:02 remaining, but the Bulls responded with a game-breaking 10-2 spurt that put them up 70-64 with just over three minutes to go.

Jay Youngblood had 15 points to lead Kent State. Kevin Warzynski added 14 and Jason Edwin had 13.

Buffalo avenged an overtime loss at Kent State earlier in the year.

Miami (Ohio) 59, Marshall 51

OXFORD -- Monty St. Clair grabbed a defensive rebound and then hit a 3-pointer to give Miami the lead for good with 11:56 to play.

Danny Horace led Miami (16-6, 11-3 MAC) with 15 points. St. Clair finished with 11 points.

Ronny Dawn and Tre Whitted scored 11 apiece for Marshall ( 5-18, 2-12), and David Anderson added 10 points.

The winning margin came at the free throw line, where Miami was 14-of-18 and Marshall hit 5-of-10.

Cent. Michigan 84, W. Michigan 74

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Kevin Nelson scored 23 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, to lead Central Michigan past Western Michigan.

Western Michigan (16-9, 9-6 MAC) held a 37-36 halftime lead, but the Chippewas (8-15, 3-12) went on a 10-2 run for a 51-43 lead and never trailed afterward.

The Chippewas, who ended an eight-game skid, shot nearly 61 percent in the second half and 56.6 percent for the game. Sefton Barrett added 20 points and four rebounds, while Giordan Watson scored 12 points.

Levi Rost led Western Michigan with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Joe Reitz scored 16, Brian Snider had 15 and Ben Reed scored 10.




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