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Monday's roundup: Eastern, Western advance in MAC

Associated Press and News staff

Kalamazoo — David Brown made a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored 34 points on Monday night to help No. 6 seed Western Michigan beat 11th-seeded Ohio 82-74 and advance to the second round of the Mid-American Conference tournament.

Thomas Wilder added 18 points and five assists for Western Michigan (20-12), which has won at least 20 games in each of the last three seasons and will play No. 7 seed Akron on Wednesday.

Mike Laster's jumper with 12:58 left gave Ohio (10-20) a 52-44 lead, but Brown scored the final eight points — including back-to-back 3-pointers — during a 10-0 run which gave the Broncos a two-point lead about three minutes later.

Wilder's jumper with 5:56 left gave Western Michigan the lead, 62-60, for good and he scored eight during an 13-2 run which made it 80-68 with 61 seconds remaining.

Ndour finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds, while Stevie Taylor scored a career-high 25, for Ohio.

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(At) Eastern Michigan 62, Miami (Ohio) 61 (OT): Raven Lee scored 19 and Eastern Michigan rallied to force overtime, then knocked off Miami (Ohio) in the first round of the MAC tournament. Anali Okologi and Mike Talley added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Eagles (20-12), who reached 20 wins for the second straight season. Willie Moore scored 19 to lead Miami (13-19).

Men's Top 25

No. 7 Gonzaga 79, Pepperdine 61: At Las Vegas, Byron Wesley scored 25 points and led a second-half run with teammate Kyle Wiltjer as top-seeded and seventh-ranked Gonzaga reached its 18th consecutive West Coast Conference tournament championship game. Wiltjer had 17 points and Przemek Karnowski added 13 for the Bulldogs (31-2), who will face the winner of the BYU-Portland game for the title.

Leading by two points at halftime, Gonzaga used a 30-12 run over the first 91/2 minutes of the second half to take a 65-45 lead. Wesley scored 13 points and Wiltjer 12 during the run.

Stacy Davis scored 15 points for the Waves (18-13) but shot just 5 for 15. Jeremy Major added 12 points.

State women

(At) Eastern Michigan 70, Kent State 52: Cha Sweeney scored 21, Janay Morton and Jamaica Bucknor scored 16 apiece and Eastern Michigan pulled away in the second half of its Mid-American Conference tournament opener.

Eastern Michigan plays the winner between No. 7 seed Toledo and No. 10 Miami on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

(At) Western Michigan 65, Bowling Green 42: Marquisha Harris came off the bench to total 13 points and six rebounds, and Alex Morton scored 10 for Western Michigan (19-11), which led from start to finish.

Central Michigan 49, (at) Northern Illinois 44: Jas'Mine Bracey and Da'Jourie Turner each scored 14 and Kerby Tamm added 12 for Central (13-17), which will face Western Michigan at noon Wednesday in Cleveland in a MAC quarterfinal. Ally Lehman had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Northern Illinois (12-17).