Kent State holds off Akron by 3; MAC teams off to tournament
The Golden Flashes have the No. 1 seed.
AKRON — Al Fisher hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer that prevented Kent State from blowing a 13-point lead in the final two minutes in a 61-58 victory over Akron Sunday night.
The Golden Flashes (25-6, 13-3 Mid-American Conference) rolled to a 32-15 lead at the half. Nick Dials hit a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left and then after a turnover, Jeremiah Wood, who led Akron (21-9, 11-5) with 23 points, hit a tying 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining.
Fisher, who led the Flashes with 17 points, then made the game-winner. Haminn Quaintance added 13 points for Kent State.
Brett McKnight had 11 points for Akron.
Miami (Ohio) 75,
Bowling Green 59
OXFORD — Michael Bramos scored 24 points, including 12 of Miami’s first 15, as the RedHawks leapt out to a 15-3 first-half lead and never looked back. Bramos finished 9-of-13 shooting, including five 3-pointers.
Tim Pollitz scored 18 points and Eric Pollitz added 11 for the RedHawks (15-14, 9-7 Mid-American).
Nate Miller led the Falcons (13-16, 7-9) with 21 points. Brian Moten and Joe Jakubowski each added 13.
Ohio 94, Buffalo 80
ATHENS — Leon Williams scored 30 points and Jerome Tillman had 25 points and 10 rebounds as Ohio grabbed an early lead and cruised the rest of the way. Bubba Walther added 17 points for Ohio (19-11, 9-7 MAC), which led by as many as 22. Andy Robinson scored 23 points and Max Boudreau had 12 for Buffalo (10-19, 3-13).
Toledo 90, Cent. Michigan 83, OT
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Jerrah Young scored 21 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots for Toledo. (10-18, 8-8 MAC). The game went into overtime tied at 73 after Central Michigan’s Giordan Watson missed two foul shots with three seconds left in regulation. The Chippewas (13-16, 8-8) shot just 13-for-27 from the free throw line. Tyrone Kent finished with 20 points for the Rockets, who won their first road game of the season. Jonathan Amos had 26 points and was 16-for-19 from the free throw line. Watson finished with 21 points and eight assists for the Chippewas.
W. Michigan 57, Ball St. 53
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Joe Reitz scored five points in the final two minutes, including the game-winning free throws with 36 seconds left, to lead Western Michigan (19-11, 12-4 MAC) to its 10th straight win at home. David Kool scored 19 points for Western, and Reitz had 14. Anthony Newell led Ball State (6-23, 5-11) with 19 points.
E. Michigan 82, N. Illinois 63
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Carlos Medlock shot 3-for-5 from 3-point range and scored 23 points for Eastern Michigan (13-6, 8-8 MAC). Justin Dobbins scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Eagles. Shaun Logan had 20 points and seven rebounds for Northern Illinois (6-21, 3-12).