Saturday’s state men: Central Michigan hangs on

Associated Press and News staff

Toledo, Ohio — Chris Fowler scored 20 points and Central Michigan hung on down the stretch to beat Toledo 76-74 on Saturday night.

John Simons finished with 19 points and nine rebounds and Luke Meyer added 12 points for the Chippewas (16-13, 9-7 MAC).

Central Michigan never trailed over the final 9:07 of the game, but likewise never held more than a six-point lead.

Fowler made a layup which gave the Chippewas a 73-69 lead with 2:01 left. Nathan Boothe answered with a 3-pointer for Toledo (17-12, 8-8) which cut it to one. After DaRohn Scott responded with a jumper for Central Michigan, the Rockets trimmed the lead to 75-74 on two Jonathan Williams free throws with seven seconds left.

But Rayshawn Simmons hit a free throw and Stuckey Mosley missed a potential winning 3-pointer to give Central Michigan the win.

Boothe led Toledo with 23 points. Mosely added 17 and Williams had 15.

(At) Ball State 115, Eastern Michigan 79: Sean Sellers scored 26 points — including a career-high seven 3-pointers — and Ball State made a school-record 18 of 39 from long distance to sweep the season series.

It’s the first time the Mid-American Conference’s West Division leader has scored more than 100 points against a Division I opponent since its 105-104 loss to Akron on Jan. 4, 2003.

Franko House scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds — both career highs — and Francis Kiapway made four 3-pointers and scored 12 points as the Cardinals (19-10, 10-6) made 21 of 29 free throws. Bo Calhoun scored 15, Jeremi Tyler added 13 and Ball State hit 10 of 22 from beyond the arc in the first half and led 61-41 at halftime.

Sellers put Ball State up 102-75 with his sixth 3-pointer with 4:03 left and the Cardinals cruised.

Brandon Nazione scored 22 points for Eastern Michigan (15-14, 7-9).

(At) Northern Illinois 76, Western Michigan 67: Aaric Armstead scored 18 points, and Marin Maric added 16. Armstead made four 3-pointers and Maric totaled six blocks for Northern Illinois (19-10, 8-8 MAC). Each player collected nine rebounds.

The Huskies raced to a 38-19 halftime lead, and they continued to pile on early in the second half, with Levi Bradley’s 3-pointer pushing the advantage to 27 with 11:47 remaining.

Western Michigan cut the lead to nine with 1:15 left, and Tucker Haymond’s layup made it an eight-point game with 21 seconds left, but the Broncos never mounted a serious challenge.

Thomas Wilder had 15 points on 6-of-21 shooting to go with six steals, six assists and five rebounds for Western Michigan (11-18, 5-11). The Broncos shot 38 percent from the field and 1 of 12 on 3-pointers.

Alma 62, Trine 54: Chase Fairchild and Scott Nikodemski each scored 15 as Alma (20-6) won the MIAA championship. Jared Holmquist scored 17 for Trine (18-8).