State men: Eastern Michigan clips Akron
Ypsilanti, Mich. — Raven Lee scored 32 points on 8 of 13 shooting and 13 of 15 at the free-throw line to help lead Eastern Michigan to a 78-75 victory over Akron on Saturday.
Karrington Ward finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Tim Bond added 12 points for the Eagles (16-9, 5-7 Mid-American Conference), whose victory ended a five-game losing streak to Akron.
Eastern Michigan led the entire second half but Akron made a late charge, cutting the Eagles lead to three on a Noah Robotham jumper with 16 seconds left. But a free throw by Lee and two more by Ward put the game out of reach.
Eastern Michigan shot 53.1 percent from the field and held the Zips (17-8, 8-4) to 32.1 percent. The Eagles rank fifth in the nation in field-goal percentage defense (36.8).
Pat Forsythe scored 17 points to lead Akron. Robotham had 15.
(At) Western Michigan 69, Northern Illinois 65: David Brown scored 17 points and converted a key layup late. Brown's layup attempt caromed off the glass and rolled in to give the Broncos a 65-61 lead with 53 seconds remaining. Aaron Armstead answered for Northern Illinois, scoring a reverse layup with 45 seconds to go.
Tucker Haymond made a pair of free throws, then pulled in a defensive rebound between two Northern Illinois players, and finished with two more free throws to make it 69-63 with 11 seconds left. Armstead scored another layup, and the Broncos kept the inbounds pass as time expired.
Haymond was 9 of 10 from the line and finished with 16 points. Connar Tava chipped in 11 for Western Michigan (15-10, 6-6 Mid-American).
Jordan Threloff scored 15 and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Northern Illinois (10-13, 4-8).
Central Michigan 75, (at) Buffalo 74: Chris Fowler scored 22 points, including the winner. Buffalo led 45-32 at the half but Central Michigan went on a 16-3 run to start the second and make it a one-point game with 14:23 remaining. Xavier Ford answered with a three-point play and Shannon Evans hit a 3-pointer as the Bulls extended to a seven-point lead with 12:47 to go.
Central Michigan continued to threaten — a 3-pointer from Josh Kozinski put the Chippewas in front for the first time in the second half with 8:02 remaining. Central Michigan then led until a layup from Justin Moss tied the score at 74 with 38 seconds left.
Fowler made the first of two free throws with 8 seconds left to seal it for the Chippewas (18-5, 8-4 Mid-American).
Jarryn Skeete led the Bulls (15-9, 6-6) with 19 points.
Ashland 68, (at) Wayne State 67: Wendell Davis scored 15 and Brook Turson 14 for Ashland (17-8, 11-8 GLIAC). Gavin Toma scored 22 and Clark Bishop 13 for Wayne State (5-17, 5-14).
Adrian 56, Kalamazoo 34
Albion 84, Olivet 67
Alma 91, Hope 84
Aquinas at Lawrence Tech, postponed
Calvin 66, Trine 48
Hillsdale 61, Northern Michigan 49
Lake Superior State 67, Ferris State 45
Madonna 66, Michigan-Dearborn 57
Michigan Tech 75, Saginaw Valley State 70
Northwood 63, Grand Valley 57