Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results

Updated 2/9/2014
Sunday's MAC Men's Basketball Results
Akron 65, Bowling Green 63
Western Michigan 74, Northern Illinois 71
 
Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
 
Akron 65, Bowling Green 63
Boxscore
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Quincy Diggs hit a game-winning jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining to give the Akron Zips a 65-63 road win over Bowling Green on Sunday in a Mid-American Conference East Division matchup.
 
After BGSU's Jehvon Clarke tied the game at 63-all on a banked 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds left, Diggs hit the game winner on the other end to give Akron its 1,500th program win.
 
Diggs led Akron (16-7, 8-2 MAC) with 14 points to go with four assists, four steals and three rebounds. Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell posted his seventh double-double in the last eight games with 12 points, 10 boards. Nick Harney pitched in with 11 points.
 
Clarke led Bowling Green (10-13, 4-6 MAC) with a game-high 19 points.
 
The Zips opened the second half by pushing its lead to 14 (41-27), but the Falcons were able to cut it in half by the first media timeout (41-34). BGSU kept chipping away at the deficit, cutting Akron's advantage to 46-42 with 12:33 remaining.
 
Akron's defense led to a mini 6-0 run, capped off by a Harney fast break dunk, as the Zips regained a 10-point cushion with 9:33 to go. Bowling Green responded, using an 8-1 run to cut the Akron lead to 53-50 with 6:38 left. The Akron lead would remain three (57-54) heading into the final media timeout (3:31).
 
With the Akron lead still two, Treadwell got the offensive board and the bucket to give the Zips a 63-59 with 46 seconds to go. The rebound gave Treadwell his seventh double-double in the last eight games.
 
Clarke would tie the game on a bank-shot 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds to go, but Diggs would hold for the last shot. The Zips ran the isolation play and Diggs hit the game-winning jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining to give Akron the 65-63 win.
 
Akron forced Bowling Green into its first timeout of the game just 2:23 into the first half thanks to a 6-0 run to open the contest. The Zips kept the pressure on, pushing their lead to 11 points (21-10) before the under-8 media timeout.
 
The Zips would continue to keep the pressure on the Falcons, pushing their lead to 35-21 with 2:10 left in the half, before heading to the locker room with a 35-26 advantage.
 
Diggs led all players with eight points in the first half as the Zips shot 51.7 percent from the floor (15-of-29). Diggs added three assists and three steals as Akron forced 12 Bowling Green turnovers.
 
The Zips will close their two-game road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Kalamazoo, Mich., to face Western Michigan. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
 
Western Michigan 74, Northern Illinois 71
Boxscore
DEKALB, Ill. – David Brown scored a game-high 26 points, including a 20-point outburst in the first half, and the Western Michigan men’s basketball team won its fourth game in its last five with a 74-71 victory over the Northern Illinois Huskies on Sunday. With the win, the Broncos improve to 14-8 on the season, 7-3 in Mid-American Conference play.
 
Brown gashed the Huskies in the first half by going 7-of-7 from the field for 20 points, nearly single-handedly carrying the Broncos to a halftime lead over the Huskies. Shayne Whittington notched 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds, including a key offensive rebound with eight seconds remaining and the Broncos leading 73-71. Connar Tava scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field while also adding seven rebounds and three assists.
 
The Bronco offense was firing on all cylinders from the get-go, shooting 58.3 percent from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range in the first half. The Broncos out-rebounded one of the MAC’s best rebounding teams by a 37-27 margin, including a 12-9 margin on the offensive glass. Second-chance points also went the way of the Broncos, who out-scored the Huskies 17-13 on tip-ins and offensive rebounds.
 
Northern Illinois got off to a hot start themselves, taking an eight-point lead with 14:24 left in the first half when Aaron Armstead’s three-point shot made it 14-6. Whittington cut into the lead with a three-pointer from the wing, Brown made it 14-11 with a pair of free throw makes, and the Broncos took the lead on a drive and lay-up from Austin Richie that capped the 9-0 run and made it 15-14 with 11:25 left. The teams traded leads back and forth, but Brown took the lead for WMU for good with a three-pointer to make it 30-27 with 3:40 remaining in the half. Brown made a fast-break lay-up with 2:04 remaining to keep the lead and three points, and made it a four-point game at half with another trey with less than a minute remaining to make it 37-33.
 
WMU bumped the lead up to 10 points in the second half, with Brown drilling a three-pointer from the corner to make it 50-40 with 16:28 remaining in regulation. Kellen McCormick made a pull-up jumper from the right wing with 13:14 remaining to make it a 13-point edge, and McCormick struck again on the next possession with a trey to 63-47. The lead hovered around 10 points until the final four minutes of the game, when the Huskies made their last push at coming back. Armstead cut the game to 73-71 with a steal and a fast break lay-up with 49 seconds remaining, but the Broncos held their ground in the remaining time and got the win.