Kalamazoo — Thomas Wilder scored 11 of his 22 in overtime, completing a three-point play in the final seconds to seal the win, as Western Michigan struggled to get past rival Central Michigan, 83-81, on Tuesday night.
Wilder, who just missed recording a triple-double, hit a jumper and followed with two free throws to start the extra period. He added three more free throws, a jumper and a layup as Reggie Jones was the only other Bronco to get points in overtime. Jones drained a 3 for an 80-79 lead with 49 seconds left.
Wilder finished with 10 rebounds and nine assists for Western Michigan (16-12, 8-7), which remains three games behind Toledo in the Mid-American Conference West Division.
Luke Meyer’s layup with 29 seconds left in the extra period gave Central Michigan an 81-80 lead. Wilder found the basket as he was falling down along the baseline with 14 seconds remaining. He was fouled and made the free throw.
Central Michigan had an opportunity to retake the lead, but Reggie Jones blocked Shawn Roundtree as he drove for a layup in the final seconds.
Bryce Moore added 17 points and Brandon Johnson had 13 with 12 rebounds for the Broncos.
Roundtree and Kevin McKay had 18 points apiece for Central Michigan (16-12, 5-10). McKay also pulled down 11 rebounds.
MORE STATE MEN
(At) Eastern Michigan 85, Toledo 79: James Thompson IV and Elijah Minnie each scored 23 points and Paul Jackson had 18 points and 10 assists to help Eastern Michigan win.
Minnie was 8-of-11 shooting, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and Thompson made 11 of 14 from the field. Tim Bond added 17 points for Eastern Michigan (17-11, 8-7 MAC). The Eagles have won three in a row and five of their last six.
Luke Knapke was fouled on a dunk and converted the 3-point play to give Toledo a 12-point lead midway through the first half, but Minnie and Bond scored nine points before Thompson made back-to-back baskets to give EMU its first lead early in the second half. Thompson’s alley-oop dunk from Jackson sparked a 10-1 run that made it 72-63 with five minutes to play. Marreon Jackson’s layup about a minute later pulled the Rockets within six, but they would get no closer.
Tre’Shaun Fletcher led Toledo with 21 points.
The Rockets (19-9, 11-4), who have a one-game lead over Ball State in the West standings, have lost two in a row. Buffalo (12-3) leads the East.
BIG TEN MEN
(At) No. 16 Ohio State 79, Rutgers 52: C.J. Jackson scored 18 to help the Buckeyes roll to victory.
Kaleb Wesson added 14, and Kam Williams, playing his last home game, had 13 as the Buckeyes (23-7, 14-3 Big Ten) got a feel-good win on senior night, coming on the heels of tough road losses to Penn State and Michigan that dropped them out of first place in the conference.
Corey Sanders had 12 points for the Scarlet Knights (13-17, 3-14). They’ve lost eight of their last nine games.
Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State’s best player who missed most of last season to a leg injury, continued to struggle with his shooting. After starting the month as the likely candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year, he has had trouble scoring against more aggressive defenses. He had just six points against Rutgers on 3-for-11 shooting.
Bates-Diop has a year of eligibility remaining but likely will leave for the NBA. He graduated from Ohio State in December.
Jae’Sean Tate, also playing his last game at Value City Arena, had nine points and 10 rebounds.
(At) Nebraska 66, Indiana 57: James Palmer scored 15 points as Nebraska strenghtened its NCAA Tournament resume.
Nebraska (21-9, 12-5 Big Ten) bounced back from a Sunday loss at Illinois that stopped a six-game winning streak. Isaac Copeland added 13 points, and Isaiah Roby contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.
Indiana (16-13, 9-8) had a four-game winning streak snapped, hurting itself with 19 turnovers.
Indiana started a 10-2 run in the second half with back-to-back 3-point plays by Justin Smith and Juwan Morgan, taking a 41-37 lead with 13:50 remaining. Nebraska answered with 10 straight, including a 3-point play and two free throws by Evan Taylor, and led the rest of the way.
The Huskers tied a school record with their 12th conference win.
TOP 25 MEN
No. 18 Rhode Island 95, La Salle 93 (OT): Jeff Dowtin scored 23, including four key free throws in the final seconds, as Rhode Island clinched a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season championship with a hard-fought overtime victory.
Five Rams scored in double figures. Stanford Robinson had 20 points, Jared Terrell had 14, E.C. Matthews had 13 and Fatts Russell had 10.
La Salle was led by B.J. Johnson, who posted a career-high 23 rebounds to go with 29 points. Johnson a double-double in the first half with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rams (22-4, 14-1) trailed 30-18 midway through the first half before going on a 14-0 run and taking a 39-37 halftime lead.
Rhode Island never trailed in the second half and led 81-78 with three seconds left. The Rams purposely fouled Pookie Powell, who made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second. Tony Washington snared the long rebound and made the putback to tie the game at 81 at the end of regulation.
Saul Phiri added 16 points, and Miles Brookins scored 13 for La Salle (11-17, 5-10).
No. 21 West Virginia 71, (at) Baylor 60: Jevon Carter and Esa Ahmad both scored 15 as West Virginia ending Baylor’s five-game winning streak, which had been the longest in the Big 12 Conference.
The Mountaineers (20-8, 9-6 Big 12) were pretty much in control throughout the game, and led by as many as 28 points early in the second half.
Baylor (17-11, 7-8) managed to get within 55-43 with after Terry Maston’s jumper. But that was the last of eight straight points for the Bears that capped off a 21-5 run.
Their momentum was gone when Daxter Miles made a 3-pointer while being fouled and converted the free throw for a four-point play with just under 7 minutes left. That was Miles’ only made 3-pointer in six shots from long range.
Sagaba Konate had 10 points, 10 rebounds and nine blocks for West Virginia. James Bolden and Miles both scored 10 points.