EASTERN MICHIGAN 62, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 56
BOWLING GREEN 88, OHIO 79
KENT STATE 69, MIAMI 66
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Bulls (8-7, 2-0 MAC) defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies (4-11, 0-2 MAC) 80-62 on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Arena.
In the win, Curtis Jones led the Bulls with 19 points and secured five rebounds. Armoni Foster (14), Isaac Jack (13), and Isaiah Adams (11) also finished in double-figures. LaQuill Hardnett started where he finished against Ohio, crashing the glass. Hardnett grabbed 12 boards against the Huskies.
David Coit led NIU with 16 points. Harvin Ibarguen (13 points) was the only other Huskie in double figures.
Buffalo bullied its way to the glass, securing 50 rebounds as NIU just had 28. 19 of the Bulls' rebounds were offensive that led to 21 second chance points.
Buffalo was hot out of the locker room. NIU grabbed their lone lead of the game at 2-0, then the Bulls made three threes in four possessions. Jones made the first three of the game, he'd finish with five on the day.
The Bulls had their largest run of the game of 10-0 early in the contest. In the run Foster drilled a three as Adams and Hardnett cleaned it up under the basket.
In the first half, Buffalo was 60.0% from the floor (18-of-30), from three (6-of-10), and from the free throw line (3-of-5). The Bulls' defense was on their game as they allowed NIU to shoot just 33.3% from the floor (11-of 33) and from beyond the arch (3-of-9). Isaac Jack led the team with 10 points at the half as they led 45-28.
The Huskies made it a 53-43 game forcing Buffalo to call a timeout with just over 12:30 left in regulation. The Bulls maintained their lead over the Huskies despite NIU shooting 45.5% (10-of-22) in the half. Buffalo struggled in the second half shooting as they were 12-of-33 (36.4%) from the floor, including just 5-of-16 (5-of-16) from three. The charity stripe wasn't kind either as they were 50.0% (6-of-12).
Zid Powell was back in action after missing time. He came off the bench and scored nine points.
EASTERN MICHIGAN 62, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 56
YPSILANTI, Mich (EMUEagles.com) -- Eastern Michigan got a double-double effort from Emoni Bates, overcoming a slow start and 14-point deficit to claim a 62-56 victory over the Chippewas of Central Michigan Saturday inside the George Gervin GameAbove Center.
Bates scored 26 points and added 10 rebounds to help the Eagles (4-11, 1-1 MAC) avoid an 0-2 start to the conference slate while handing the Chippewas (6-9, 1-1 MAC) their first conference loss of the year.
Bates scored over 20 points for the sixth time this year to help spark the comeback. Tyson Acuff added seven points and three steals, while Noah Farrakhan helped out with eight points.
Led by Javantae Randle's three offensive rebounds, Eastern Michigan crashed the offensive glass, pulling down 12 boards that resulted in 17 second-chance points. The Eastern Michigan defense held Central Michigan shooters to only 37.3 percent from the field, including 27.8 percent from three-point range.
Markus Harding paced CMU with 15 points, followed by Brian Taylor (13 points, 10 rebound) and Reggie Bass (11 points).
How It Happened
The Eagles struggled out of the gate, falling behind, 30-18, heading into halftime. The Chippewas out-rebounded the Eagles, 28-12, in the opening half to help build their lead.
Central Michigan kept widening its lead after intermission, constructing a 32-18 advantage before the Green and White went on an 8-0 run, finished off by Legend Geeter's (River Rouge, Mich.-River Rouge-Providence) layup, to shrink the deficit to 32-26 with 16:47 to go in the contest. With 5:45 left to go in the game, Bates tied it up at 50 for the Eagles with a three. Eastern Michigan kept the rally going and took their first lead (54-52) since 18:54 remained in the first half off a lay-up from the Ypsilanti native following a steal and assist from Acuff.
EMU took the lead for good on a Bates free throw with 2:06 left for a 62-56 comeback victory. Eastern Michigan capitalized on 11 Chippewas turnovers in the period, collecting 13 points off those turnovers.
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Bowling Green overcame a late deficit to top the Ohio Bobcats 88-79 Saturday at the Stroh Center, moving the Falcons to 2-0 within the Mid-American Conference. Ohio fell to 8-7 overall and 0-2 in MAC action.
Bowling Green took a slim four-point lead into the half, but Ohio worked to take the lead, holding it with five minutes remaining. However, the Falcons were able to assemble an 11-0 run to move out in front 79-72 and held on for the win. With the win, BGSU has now won four straight, including two conference contests, and advance to 8-7 on the season.
Kaden Metheny paced the Orange and Brown with his third 20-point game of the season, ending with 25, thanks in large part to five baskets from behind the three-point arc. Rashaun Agee was next on the stat sheet with 16 points, including six rebounds and four blocks. Sam Towns added his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds, recording all 10 rebounds in the second half. The double-digit scorers rounded out with 13 from Leon Ayers III.
Dwight Wilson II and AJ Brown tallied 17 apiece to lead the Bobcats. Devon Baker came off the bench to score 10 points.
By MIKE SMITH
OXFORD, OH -- Miami head coach Travis Steele summed it up: "There's a reason he (was) conference player of the year last year."
Speaking to media after Saturday's 69-66 Kent State win over MU, Steele was quick to credit KSU guard Sincere Carry. Last year's MAC Player of the Year played a key role in lifting the Flashes to a hard-fought win against the RedHawks. Carry finished with 31 points and committed just one turnover while playing over 39 minutes.
"We tried to do a lot of different things (on him), and none of it was working," said Steele, who felt his own squad played one of its better games of the season despite falling to 0-2 MAC (6-9 overall). Kent State raised its own record to 12-3 on the year and 2-0 in MAC play.
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