Kent State 89, Marshall 67
Ball State 62, Bowling Green 59
Northern Illinois 69, Toledo 67
Ohio 85, Akron 67
Central Michigan 60, Eastern Michigan 57
Miami 74, Buffalo 42
Kent State Cruises Past Marshall, 89-67
KENT, Ohio (AP) - Trevor Huffman scored 23 points Saturday as Kent State took the lead with 13:48 left in the first half and never gave it up in the Golden Flashes'
89-67 win over Marshall.
The Thundering Herd (11-4, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) led until until Andrew Mitchell made a 3-pointer with 15:23 remaining in the first half to tie the score at 12.
Less than 2 minutes later, Kyrem Massey sank a jumper to grab the lead for Kent State (12-5, 5-1 MAC).
J.R. Vanhoose led the scoring for Marshall with 22 points, followed by Cornelius Jackson with 14.
Although both teams turned the ball over 12 times, Kent State was able to score 20 points off turnovers, compared to 9 for Marshall. Kent State also outshot Marshall on
total field goals _ 52.89 percent versus 40.3 percent.
The Golden Flashes shot 90.9 percent from the line making 30 of 33 free throws.
Jackson Leads Ball State Past Bowling Green, 62-59
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Patrick Jackson led Ball State with 14 points, including a layup with 26 seconds remaining, in a 62-59 win over Bowling Green on Saturday.
Jackson made 6-of-10 with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, and a late steal and layup that gave the Cardinals a 60-59 lead. Theron Smith had 12 points, including two free
throws with 14 seconds left to seal the win for Ball State (9-6, 4-2 Mid-American Conference).
Bowling Green (6-9, 2-4) took a 30-27 lead into halftime and opened a five-point lead with 9:35 remaining on contributions by Keith McLeod, Trent Jackson and Josh
Ball State made its free throws down the stretch and overcame Brandon Pardon's 3-pointer with 51 seconds left to win.
McLeod had 15, Trent Jackson 14, and Cory Ryan 10 for the Falcons. Lonnie Jones had 12 for the Cardinals.
Bowling Green shot 37.9 percent on 58 attempts, while Ball State hit on 46.9 percent of 49 shots.
Huskies Shoot Down Rockets, 69-67
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Stephen Jones scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Saturday in leading Northern Illinois past Toledo 69-67.
The Huskies (4-11, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) used a 16-9 run to go from a 38-37 deficit to a 53-47 lead. Toledo's Rockets (12-5, 4-2) got as close as 68-67 in
the final minute but Northern held on.
Behind 23-17 in the first half, Toledo went on a 15-9 spurt to tie the game 32-all at halftime.
Mike Brown and Al Sewasciuk scored 14 points apiece for the Huskies. Sewasciuk hit 4-of-5 from the 3-point line, while Brown hit 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Leon
Rodgers scored 11 points and pulled down 10 boards.
Milo Kirsch paced the Rockets with 14 points. Robierre Cullars and Greg Stempin each scored 12 points. Stempin led Toledo with 11 rebounds.
Toledo managed only 3-of-22 from 3-point range.
Ohio Zips Past Akron, 852-67
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Brandon Hunter scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half as Ohio broke open a close game with an 18-4 run and beat Akron 85-67
Ohio (9-6, 4-2 Mid-American Conference) led 35-33 at the half and were up by five after Nate Schindewolf made a jumper and a free throw for Akron (6-9, 3-3)
with 14:28 left to cut the Bobcats' lead to 48-43.
But a jumper by Anthony Jones and a 3-pointer by Dustin Ford started the run that gave Ohio a 66-47 lead with 8:36 left. Hunter made a basket and three foul shots
during the run.
Jones finished with 16 points and Jon Sanderson and Steve Esterkamp scored 11 apiece for the Bobcats. Patrick Flomo had 11 rebounds.
Schindewolf scored seven of his 17 points in the first half as neither team was able to muster more than a 6-point lead.
David Falknor scored 13 points for Akron and Emmanuel Smith had 12.
The Bobcats scored 12 more baskets and outrebounded the Zips 45 to 27. Ohio outscored the Zips 34 to 16 in the paint.
The Bobcats shot 48 percent for the game to 40 percent for Akron.
Chippewas Clip Eagles, 60-57
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) -- Chad Pleiness scored 19 points and David Webber added 15 on 7-of-8 shooting as Central Michigan stopped Eastern Michigan 60-51
on Saturday night.
The Chippewas (11-4, 5-1 Mid-American) had only 23 rebounds. But they shot 55.6 percent from the floor and committed just eight turnovers while collecting 19
points off 12 turnovers by the Eagles (2-13, 0-6).
Mosi Barnes had 17 points and Melvin Hicks 15 for Eastern. Tyson Radney had nine points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Eagles, who shot 39.6 percent and
went to the foul line only nine times, making eight - one more than Pleiness.
Miami Overpowers Buffalo, 74-42
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) -- Alex Shorts scored 28 points and Jason Grunkemeyer added 13 to lead Miami to a 74-42 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in the
Miami (7-10, 3-3 MAC) started the second half with a 12-point lead over Buffalo (2-12, 0-7) and steadily increased it to 32 points for the RedHawks' highest margin
of victory since an 85-53 victory over Ohio in 1998.
Shorts, who scored 20 of his points in the first half, led Miami on an 8-0 run beginning at the 3:49 mark and ending with a halftime score of 31-19.
Grunkemeyer started out the second half with a 3-pointer to put Miami ahead 34-19, and Buffalo never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way.
Louis Campbell led the scoring for Buffalo with 11 points. He was the only Buffalo player in double figures. Jason Robinson led the Bulls in rebounds with a
Miami shot 49 percent from the field, compared with 34 percent by Buffalo. The RedHawks committed only five turnovers, compared with 19 by the Bulls.
Buffalo suffered its seventh consecutive loss, leaving the Bulls 0-7 in conference play.