Another exciting day of MAC basketball came to a close with Bowling Green pulling out a big overtime win against Central Michigan in McGuirk. 3 teams remain unbeaten in conference play, while two are still looking for their first win. One of those unbeaten teams is not surprising. Here is a break down off all the day’s action.
Toledo Rockets 85, Western Michigan Broncos 77
The Rockets got their first conference win and moved to 13-3 overall. The Broncos held their last lead with only 4 minutes and change to go, but couldn’t quite pull out the win, thanks to good Toledo defense. The Rockets shot over 50% and needed to because the Broncos dominated the boards, 41-28. Nate Navigato and Jaelen Sanford had 21 apiece for the Rockets, while Marreon Jackson added 15 and 9 assists. Michael Flowers scored 21 for the Broncos, and added 7 points and 7 rebounds, but struggled shooting. Seth Dugan chipped in 16 points and 12 boards.
Northern Illinois Huskies 73, Akron Zips 56
The Zips lead at the half, but could not buy a basket in the second half, while Eugene German went nuts for the Huskies, scoring 27 on the game. The Huskies move to 3-0 in conference play, now in sole lead in the West. The Zips drop to 1-2 in conference play.
Ohio Bobcats 70, Ball State Cardinals 52
The Bobcats picked up their first win and both teams moved to 1-2 on the season. The Cardinals struggled shooting, hitting only 1 out of 12 three point attempts. Teyvion Kirk led all scorers with 19.
Eastern Michigan Eagles 95, Kent State Golden Flashes 65
The Eagles continued their hot shooting to move to 2-1 in league play. They hit 12 of 19 three point attempts and also out rebounded the Golden Flashes, announcing to the league they are no easy out.
Buffalo Bulls 88, Miami RedHawks 64
The Bulls are still really good, and really deep.
Bowling Green Falcons 96, Central Michigan Chippewas 87 (OT)
The Falcons led most of the game, only for the Chippewas to take control late. They ran out of gas, while the Falcons made a great comeback in the final minute just to take it to overtime. In overtime, Justin Turner and company took over, removing any doubt in this writer’s mind that the Falcons are contenders for a bye in the MAC tournament. Turner finished with 30, which adds to his PotY candidacy.