The game wasn't settled until the final moments when senior forward Nate Navigato made a pair of free throws to give Toledo a 74-70 lead with six seconds left.
CMU made a quick layup but was unable to foul on the ensuing inbounds as sophomore guard Marreon Jackson completed a long pass to junior forward Willie Jackson for a dunk at the buzzer.
Willie Jackson (12 points, 11 rebounds) joined Knapke with a double-double for the contest. Marreon Jackson added 14 points.
Toledo outrebounded CMU, 51-41, and held the Chippewas to just 26-of-71 shooting (36.6 percent) from the floor. Toledo's defense added a school-record 11 blocked shots, led by four from Knapke and three by Willie Jackson.
>> Central Michigan came out of the first media timeout with a 15-2 run capped off by a jumper from David Dileo, forcing Toledo to call a timeout trailing 17-7 with 11:57 remaining in the first half.
>> Toledo responded with a 10-2 spurt to cut the lead to 19-17. Luke Knapke had six points in the run.
>> The Rockets took the lead with a 7-0 burst that started with a three-point-jump shot by Jaelan Sanford to make the score 24-21 with 5:47 left in the half.
>> Toledo took a 34-30 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Sanford led the Rockets with 14 points in the half.
>> The Rockets outrebounded the Chippewas 28-16 in the first 20 minutes.
>> Toledo came out of the locker room with a 9-2 run capped off by Sanford's jumper and made free throw to give the Rockets their largest lead of the evening - a 43-32 cushion with 16:56 left to play.
>> The Chippewas took a 53-51 lead on a three-pointer by Rob Montgomery that capped a 9-2 run with 11:11 remaining.
>> The Rockets responded with a 7-0 spurt capped off by a three-point jump shot from Marreon Jackson to take a 58-53 lead with 8:11 remaining.
>> The teams traded baskets until CMU tied the game at 67-67 with a three-point-shot by Dallas Morgan with 2:10 left.
>> An alley-oop slam by Luke Knapke from Marreon Jackson gave the Rockets a 71-67 with 15 seconds remaining.
>> CMU had the ball with Toledo leading 72-69 with 10 seconds left when Coach Tod Kowalczyk opted to foul. CMU's Shawn Roundtree split a pair of free throws to trim the lead to 72-70.
>> A pair of free throws by Nate Navigato gave the Rockets a 74-70 lead with six seconds left. CMU cut the lead to 74-72 on a quick layup by Larry Austin but was unable to stop the clock with a foul as Willie Jackson put an exclamation point on the victory with a slam dunk at the buzzer.