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MAC BASKETBALL Balanced scoring propels OU to win



Published: Mon, January 10, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Kennedy Catholic grad John Reimold led Bowling Green past Northern Illinois.

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ATHENS -- Leon Williams scored 16 points to lead five players in double figures and Ohio never trailed in beating Marshall 77-68 on Sunday.

Williams scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half and Jeff Halbert hit two 3-pointers during a 9-0 run as the Bobcats (6-5, 1-2 Mid-American) took a 13-4 lead.

Marshall (2-10, 0-4) closed to within 39-36 on a 3-pointer by Joe Miles early in the second half, but Ohio responded with a 10-2 run.

Sonny Troutman had 14 points for Ohio and Mychal Green, Jeremy Fears and Halbert finished with 13 points apiece.

Williams also had seven rebounds.

Bowling Green 78, N. Illinois 67

BOWLING GREEN -- John Reimold, a graduate of Kennedy Catholic High School, and Josh Almanson scored 21 points each to lead Bowling Green.

Reimold was 5-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. Steven Wright scored 11 points and Mawel Soler added 10 for the Falcons (9-2, 3-0 Mid-American), who never trailed after a game-opening 20-9 run.

Todd Peterson was 4-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with 19 points for Northern Illinois (5-7, 1-3). James Hughes came off the bench to add 18 points.

Buffalo 56, Toledo 54

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Mario Jordan had 14 points and Turner Battle added 11 more to help lift Buffalo.

The Bulls (9-3, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) defeated the Rockets for the first time in nine tries, and have won six of their last seven games overall.

Toledo (5-7, 1-2) had a chance to tie, but missed on four opportunities from the field over the final 14 seconds, including Allen Pinson's 5-footer with three seconds to go.




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