Akron Tops Kent In East Division Showdown; Top Four Teams In West Division Win

Updated 1/22/2000
Both divisional races in the Mid-American Conference took interesting turns Saturday afternoon as Akron held off rival Kent State in a battle of the top two teams in the East, and the top four teams in the West won. West division teams Northern Illinois and Western Michigan claimed triumphs against East Division foes Marshall and Ohio, respectively. Eastern Michigan and Ball State both snapped four-game losing streaks.

At Akron 69, Kent State 64: The Zips (14-4, 8-1) overcame an outstanding 25-point, 13-rebound performance by the Golden Flashes (14-3, 6-2) John Whorton to maintain its grip on first place in the East Division by one game over idle Bowling Green. The Zips received balanced scoring with 19 from Ryan Andrick, 16 by Jami Bosley and 14 by Jimmal Ball.

At Northern Illinois 94, Marshall 72: Senior T.J. Lux had the best game of his career with 36 points, 20 rebounds and three blocked shots as the Huskies (10-7, 4-4) remain tied with Eastern Michigan for the West Division lead. The Huskies also got a double-double from Leon Rodgers with his 26 points and 10 rebounds. Marshall (13-4, 5-3) had its three-game MAC winning streak snapped. The Thundering Herd was led by J.R. Van Hoose's 18 points and received 15 from Tamar Slay and Travis Young.

Eastern Michigan 71, at Toledo 68: The Eagles (10-7, 4-4) snapped their four-game losing streak while extending the Rockets' (7-12, 1-7) woes to six games. Calvin Warner paced EMU's scoring with 20 points as EMU remain tied with Northern Illinois for the West Division lead. Toledo, playing without the injured All-MAC Greg Stempin, was paced by 18 points from both Chad Kamstra and Justin Hall.

Western Michigan 78, at Ohio 74: Thadus Williams scored a game-high 25 points as the Broncos (7-9, 3-4) continued their mid-season resurgence with their second consecutive conference victory. Ohio received 21 points and 21 rebounds from Shaun Stonerook but fell just short of winning its third consecutive game. A season-high crowd of 12,118 packed the Convo in Athens but went home disappointed.

At Ball State 88, Central Michigan 69: The Cardinals (11-5, 3-4) broke a four-game losing streak behind 24 points from Duane Clemens and a career-high 20 from Mickey Hoosier. Chad Plieness led CMU with a game-high 26. The Chippewas led early at 16-11 by the Cardinals sprinted to a halftime margin of 40-27.

At Miami 74, Buffalo 54: The RedHawks (9-7, 5-3) tied Marshall for fourth place in the East division with a solid performance against the Bulls (3-14, 1-7). Anthony Taylor fueled Miami's offense with 17 points while Rob Mestas added 15 points and dished out seven assists. Mike McKie was the lone Buffalo player with double figures in points with 13. Miami led at the half, 36-21, and was never threatened.

This Week's Schedule

Monday, January 24
*Ball State at Marshall,  8:00, FOXSports Net
*Akron at Buffalo, 8:00, FOX Sports Net

Wednesday, January 26
*Ball State at Ohio, 7:00, Ball State Network
*Bowling Green at Kent, 7:00
*Miami at Marshall, 7:00
*Northern Illinois at Toledo, 7:00
*Western Michigan at Buffalo, 7:30
*Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 7:30

Saturday, January 29
*Miami at Western Michigan, Noon, MAC ESPN + Syndication
*Akron at Bowling Green, 1:00
*Buffalo at Ball State, 1:00
*Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, 2:05
*Marshall at Ohio, 4:00, MAC ESPN + Syndication
*Toledo at Kent, 8:00