Saturday's state men: Torrid-shooting Eastern downs Toledo
Ypsilanti — Brandon Nazione scored 21 points and Raven Lee hit critical free throws down the stretch to send Eastern Michigan to a 91-85 victory over Toledo on Saturday.
The Eagles (14-13, 6-8 Mid-American), who shot 77 percent in the first half and 68 percent overall, never trailed. The team was 34 of 50 from the floor and 11 of 16 (68.8 percent) from 3-point range. The overall and 3-point percentages are school records.
The Rockets (16-11, 7-7) rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to cut EMU’s lead to 78-77 with 2:28 left on Stuckey Mosley’s 3-point play. The Eagles’ Tim Bond hit a 3-pointer before Lee added six straight free throws to lead 87-83 with 30 seconds left. Toledo’s Jonathan Williams missed a 3-pointer and Ty Toney added two free throws for a six-point advantage with five seconds remaining.
EMU’s Willie Mangum IV, with five 3-pointers, added 19 points, Lee 18 and Toney 17 while leading scorer James Thompson IV had just two.
Williams scored 24 points to lead the Rockets and Nathan Boothe added 16.
(At) Western Michigan 92, Central Michigan 85: Thomas Wilder, who was 10 of 16 from the field including a pair of 3-pointers, scored 26 points as Western Michigan upended Central Michigan.
Tucker Haymond added 19 points and seven rebounds, Drake LaMont had 18 points and Bryce Moore chipped in 10 for the Broncos (11-16, 5-9 Mid-American Conference) who had a 39-28 rebounding edge over Central Michigan.
Central Michigan took a 21-12 lead with 11:51 left in the first half and Western Michigan closed it to 44-40 at halftime.
LaMont scored eight points early in the second half and Wilder sank a 3-pointer to give the Broncos a 53-52 edge with 16:10 to play. They never trailed after that, extending their lead to 87-77 on a free throw by Anthony Avery Jr. with 35 seconds remaining.
Chris Fowler scored 22 points for the Chippewas (14-13, 7-7).
Walsh 85, (at) Wayne State 72: The Warriors dropped their third straight despite Ronald Booth’s game-high 27 points. Marcus Moore had 12 points and three steals for Wayne State (7-17, 7-14 GLIAC), which closes out its season at home Thursday against Findlay. Jesse Hardin Jr. had 23 points to lead Walsh (13-12,11-10).
(At) Hillsdale 77, Grand Valley 70
(At) Michigan Tech 91, Lake Superior State 87
(At) Northern Michigan 73, Northwood 70
(At) Saginaw Valley 88, Ferris State 79.
(At) Trine 76, Albion 66
(At) Adrian 79, Kalamazoo 72
Hope 65, (at) Calvin 61
Alma 97, (at) Olivet 85