MAC Men's Basketball: Akron extends nation's longest winning streak

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Akron 70, Eastern Michigan 62

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Brian Walsh scored 16 points, Nick Harney added 14 and Akron extended the nation's longest winning streak to 16 games with a 70-62 victory over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night.

Akron (20-4, 11-0 Metro Atlantic) shot 53.2 percent from the field, making 25-of-47 attempts, and was 11-of-17 from the free-throw line.

Demetrius Treadwell had 11 points and six rebounds for Akron. Alex Abreu had only six points but dished out nine assists and had nine turnovers. The Zips surrendered 21 points off 20 turnovers.

Glenn Bryant led the way for Eastern Michigan (11-13, 4-6) with 11 points. J.R. Sims and Anthony Strickland chipped in with 10 apiece.

Strickland tied the game at 39 with a pair of free throws with 10:14 to play but Akron responded with a 24-13 run to take a 63-52 lead capped off by Zeke Marshall's jumper with 2:08 to go and the Zips never looked back.

Ohio 82, Central Michigan 63

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Walter Offut had 17 points and eight rebounds, leading Ohio to an 82-63 victory over Central Michigan on Wednesday night.

Reggie Keely added 14 points and Ricardo Johnson had 11 for the Bobcats (18-6, 9-1 Mid-American), who hit 10-of-21 3-pointers and shot 52 percent overall from the field. It was Ohio's first win at McGuirk Arena since 2007.

Kyle Randall scored 28 points for Central Michigan (9-15, 2-9) -- the fifth straight game over 20 for the leading scorer in the Mid-American Conference.

Chris Fowler had seven assists, giving him a Chippewas freshman record of 121 for the season.

The Bobcats led by only four at halftime but pulled away with a 14-2 run that put them ahead 65-47 with 7:35 remaining.

Buffalo 75, Toledo 60

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Tony Watson scored 24 points and Javon McCrea had a double-double as Buffalo ended Toledo's five-game winning streak with a 75-60 victory Wednesday night.

McCrea had 14 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Bulls (10-15, 5-6 Mid-American Conference), who have won their last six games against the Rockets (11-11, 7-4).

Jarryn Skeete added 17 points for Buffalo, which outshot Toledo 51.9 percent (27-of-52) to 32.4 percent (22-of-68).

Trailing 22-21, Buffalo outscored Toledo 14-3 over the final 6:32 of the first half to take a 35-25 lead. McCrea had three layups during the run.

The Bulls' lead never dipped below double figures in the second half.

Rian Pearson, Matt Smith and Julius Brown scored 10 points each for Toledo, which held on to a share of the MAC West Division lead because Western Michigan lost to Bowling Green.

Bowling Green 70, Western Michigan 60

BOWLING GREEN -- A'uston Calhoun scored 24 points and Bowling Green shot 63.6 percent in the second half to defeat Western Michigan 70-60 Wednesday night in a Mid-American Conference game.

Calhoun scored 13 points after halftime, when the Falcons (10-14, 5-6) hit 14 of 22 shots to pull away from a 30-30 halftime tie.

The Broncos (15-9, 7-4), who remained tied for the MAC West Division lead because Toledo lost to Buffalo, shot 48.5 percent (11 of 24) in the second half.

Bowling Green led 42-40 with 14:18 remaining before a jumper by Luke Kraus started a 14-2 Falcons run for a 56-42 lead with 7:07 left.

Crawford finished with 13 points and Chauncey Orr 11 for Bowling Green. Richaun Holmes had eight points and nine rebounds.

Nate Hutcheson and Austin Richie scored 14 each for Western Michigan, and Shayne Whittington had 13 points and 15 rebounds. Hutcheson now has 1,009 career points.

Other scores

Ball State 56, Northern Illinois 52

-- Associated Press

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