MAC Men's Basketball Roundup (Jan. 30): Ohio postpones Eastern Michigan game after campus closes due to armed robbery

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Ohio postpones Eastern Michigan game after campus closes due to armed robbery

ATHENS — Wednesday night’s Mid-American Conference men’s basketball game between host Ohio University and Eastern Michigan was postponed because the campus shut down as a precaution amid a search for an armed robbery suspect.

The Bobcats (15-5, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) say the game against Eastern Michigan (10-10, 3-3 MAC) has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 in Athens.

Ohio University officials had called in extra police officers and notified students Wednesday morning following an armed robbery at an apartment complex near campus. The school says the suspect allegedly had a handgun and fled on foot in the direction of the university.

The university was expected to reopen today.

Akron 68, Bowling Green 55

BOWLING GREEN — Zeke Marshall scored 15 points as Akron extended its winning streak to 12 games with a 68-55 victory over Bowling Green on Wednesday night.

The Zips (16-4, 7-0), off to their best Mid-American Conference start ever, remained one of two undefeated MAC teams. They’ll host the other, Ohio, on Saturday.

Akron broke a 9-9 tie with a 14-5 run capped by two dunks by Marshall. The Zips limited the Falcons (7-13, 2-5) to 18.5 percent first-half shooting (5-of-27) and led 28-17 at halftime.

Bowling Green never got closer than seven points in the second half and trailed by as many as 20. Akron shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) in the second half, when Nick Harney scored all 10 of his points. Demetrius Treadwell finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Chauncey Orr had 16 points for Bowling Green, and A’uston Calhoun had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Toledo 85, Ball State 78

MUNCIE, Ind. — Rian Pearson scored 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, leading Toledo past Ball State 85-78 on Wednesday night.

Matt Smith added 19 points, Reese Holliday chipped in 16 off the bench, and Julius Brown had 12 points and 10 assists for the Rockets (9-10, 4-3 Mid-American), who shot 52 percent from the floor.

Jauwan Scaife led the Cardinals (7-11, 2-5) with 23 points. Majok Majok, the reigning MAC West player of the week, had 16 points and 15 rebounds, improving upon his conference-leading average of 10.1 rebounds per game.

A back-and-forth first half saw Ball State lead 37-35 on Majok’s layup at the halftime buzzer, and another Majok basket, with 11:42 to play, tied the game at 51. Toledo began to pull away after that, leading by as many as 15 before Scaife’s layup with 12 seconds left cut the Rockets’ lead to 81-78. But Ball State could get no closer.

Western Michigan 72, Miami (Ohio) 68

OXFORD — Shayne Whittington scored 13 points and Western Michigan won its fifth consecutive game, defeating Miami (Ohio) 72-68 Wednesday night.

The Broncos (13-7, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) overcame 23 turnovers by shooting 60 percent (12-of-20) in the second half to the RedHawks’ 28.6 percent (8-of-28).

Miami (7-12, 2-5), which lost its fourth straight, led 35-32 at halftime, but the Broncos started the second half with a 14-5 run. They led 54-45 after David Brown’s steal and three-point play with 9:20 left.

The RedHawks rallied to lead 63-62 with 4:07 remaining, but Darius Paul’s layup and another steal and three-point play by Brown put Western Michigan ahead to stay.

Reggie Johnson missed a jumper that could have given Miami a tie with 0:13 left.

Paul scored 12 points and Nate Hutcheson and Brandon Pokley had 11 each for the Broncos.

Will Felder’s 17 points and 13 rebounds led Miami.

Buffalo 91, Central Michigan 73

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Cameron Downing came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points, and he and Javon McCrea each made 8 of 10 shots to lead Buffalo to a 91-73 Mid-American Conference victory over Central Michigan on Wednesday night.

Auraum Nuiriankh had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls (8-13, 3-4). He made just 2-of-10 shots, but was 12-of-12 from the free-throw line, including all 10 of his attempts in the second half. McCrea finished with 17 points.

— Associated Press

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