Kent State clinches top seed


The Golden Flashes rolled past Miami 50-39 for their 24th victory.

KENT — Mike Scott had a double-double Tuesday night, and Kent State clinched the top seed in the Mid-American Conference tournament with a 50-39 victory over Miami (Ohio).

The Golden Flashes (24-6, 12-3) tied a school record with their 24th regular season victory, matching their mark from 2001-02, and finished their home season at 16-0.

After moving up to No. 23 last week — its first appearance in the national poll — Kent State dropped out with an 89-83 loss to Bowling Green on Saturday. Scott had a career-high 23 points in that game.

Scott helped the Golden Flashes bounce back by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds on Tuesday. Chris Singletary had a team-high 15 points.

Miami (14-14, 8-7) was coached by Jermaine Henderson, an assistant who filled in for Coles for the second straight game. The 66-year-old coach has been sick for the last few days and stayed in Oxford to get precautionary medical tests.

Akron 80, Ohio 77

ATHENS — Jeremiah Wood scored 19 points and made a layup with 28 seconds left, as Akron spoiled Ohio’s perfect record at home.

Akron (21-8, 11-4 Mid-American) pulled ahead midway through the first half and never trailed again, holding on in the closing minutes for its second win over Ohio (18-11, 8-7) this season.

Wood and Cedrick Middleton scored 19 points apiece for Akron, which leads the conference in scoring at 71.6 points per game. The Zips shot 64 percent from the field in the second half, when they led by as many as 11 points.

The Bobcats cut it to 76-74 on Bubba Walther’s two free throws with 52 seconds left. Wood’s basket rebuilt the lead to four points with 28 seconds to go, and Ohio’s Michael Allen missed a 3-point attempt. Nick Dials then clinched it with a pair of free throws with 8 seconds remaining.

Leon Williams led Ohio with 23 points, 17 of them in the first half. Walther added 22 points, and Jerome Tillman had 18.

Buffalo 96, Bowling Green 50

AMHERST, N.Y. — Greg Gamble scored 23 points and Buffalo’s 46-point winning margin was its largest over a MAC opponent. Andy Robinson scored 18 points for Buffalo (10-18, 3-12 MAC), making 4-of-5 3-point shots. Jawaan Alston scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds.

Brian Moten and Chris Knight each had 11 points for Bowling Green (13-15, 7-8).

Toledo 72, E. Michigan 63

TOLEDO — Jerrah Young scored 20 points and led a closing run that rallied Toledo over Eastern Michigan, snapping the Rockets’ three-game losing streak.

Toledo (9-18, 6-8 Mid-American) blew a 17-point lead in the second half before pulling it out with a 16-6 run in the last five minutes. Young made a dunk, a jumper and a pair of free throws in the decisive spurt.

Carlos Medlock scored 20 points for Eastern Michigan (12-16, 7-8), which went 3-for-10 from the field, missed its only free throw and had a turnover in the final five minutes.

Eastern Michigan dominated their first game on Jan. 22, a 68-44 win that was its most lopsided over a Division I team in four years. On Tuesday, the Eagles fell behind 46-29 in the second half before rallying for a late lead.

Medlock’s 3-pointer put Eastern Michigan ahead 57-56 with 5:50 to play. Young’s jumper and dunk put Toledo in control at 68-61, and the Rockets made four free throws in the final 38 seconds to hold on.

Ball St. 69, N. Illinois 63

MUNCIE, Ind. — Anthony Newell scored 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field for Ball State (6-22, 5-10). Peyton Stovall had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Laron Frazier scored 10 for Ball State, which led 32-30 at the break. Darion Anderson scored 24 points to lead NIU.

Cent. Michigan 72,
W. Michigan 68

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Robbie Harman tied a career high with 18 points for Central Michigan (13-15, 8-7 MAC). Giordan Watson had 17 points for Central Michigan, while Jordan Bitzer added 13 points and six rebounds. David Kool had 24 points to lead the Broncos. Shawntes Gary had 20 points, and Joe Reitz added 10.

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