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Mid-American Conference Basketball Reports, Highlights & Box Scores: Jan. 12

Report, scores, and highlights from the Mid-American Conference. Buffalo, Northern Illinois, and Toledo all secured wins on the busy day of MAC basketball.

Scores, reports and highlights from the Mid-American Conference men’s college basketball games that took place on Tuesday, January 11.

Mid-American Conference Scores & Reports

Buffalo Tops Michigan – BOX SCORE

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Jeenathan Williams tallied 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way for Buffalo in an 85-69 victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday.

Williams shot an efficient 10 of 17 from the field with 11 of his total rebounds coming on the defensive side.

Josh Mballa added 14 points on 6 of 12 shooting with nine rebounds and Jayvon Graves ended with 14 points, made four 3-pointers, while grabbing seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in the win.

Ronaldo Segu had 14 points for the Bulls (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American Conference), who won two straight and four of the last five overall to sit third in the MAC standings.

Patrick Emilien had 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting off the bench with three 3-pointers, while pulling down four rebounds for Western Michigan.

Sophomore guard B. Artis White added 12 points and five assists from the bench as well, Rafael Cruz Jr. ended with nine points and grabbed six rebounds and Greg Lee finished with eight points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in the defeat.

Titus Wright scored eight points with six rebounds for the Broncos (2-8, 1-4), who have now lost four straight games. The team shot 44.8% from the field on 26 of 58 and 44.4% from the 3-point range.

Buffalo shot 46.5% from the floor on 33 of 71 shooting and made 10 3-pointers for 45.5%.

The Bulls outrebounded the Broncos 43-35.

Toledo Wins Eighth Straight – BOX SCORE

Keshaun Saunders finished with 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists off the bench to lead Toledo to a 96-63 victory over Eastern Michigan and secured the eighth straight win for the Rockets (11-3, 6-0 MAC).

Spencer Littleson added 19 points and six rebounds, Marreon Jackson had 17 points and hit five 3-pointers, while Ryan Rollins ended with 14 points six rebounds, and four assists in the win.

Setric Millner Jr. chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds for Toledo, which stayed undefeated in Mid-American Conference play.

Bryce McBride scored 12 points for Eastern Michigan (3-4, 1-3). Ty Groce ended with 10 points, four assists and four rebounds for the Eagles in the defeat.

Northern Illinois Beats Akron – BOX SCORE

Justin Lee had 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting to go with 11 rebounds to lead Northern Illinois to a narrow 67-65 victory over Akron in their Mid-American Conference fixture.

Darius Beane made a jumper with six seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Huskies (2-9, 1-5 MAC) after a Loren Cristian Jackson’s layup had tied the game at 65-all with 13 seconds left in the game.

Trendon Hankerson had 15 points and four assists in 40 minutes and Chinedu Okanu added 10 points and six rebounds for Northern Illinois, which shot 46.3% overall and 50.0% from deep.

Beane played 38 minutes and shot just 2 of 11 from the field for six points, but grabbed eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals to help Northern Illinois win for the second time this season and snapped a four-game losing streak.

Ali Ali paced Akrons with 15 points, which included four 3-pointers. He also had five rebounds and four assists.

Bryan Trimble Jr. scored 12 points, Cristian Jackson ended with 10 points and seven assists and Enrique Freeman scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Zips (4-3, 2-2), who were losing two straight.

Kent State-Central Michigan – BOX SCORE

Danny Pippen scored 28 points on 7 of 14 shooting to go with 11 rebounds to lead Kent State to a 94-85 victory over Central Michigan.

Mike Nuga added 18 points with seven rebounds, Malique Jacobs finished with 14 points, four assists, and three steals and Giovanni Santiago finished with 11 points for the Golden Flashes (5-3, 2-2 MAC)

Tervell Beck scored 10 points for Kent State in the victory.

Senior guard Travon Broadway Jr. top-scored for Central Michigan with 20 points with five rebounds and five steals.

Malik Muhammad contributed 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Chippewas (5-7, 1-4).

Meikkel Murray finished with 14 points, Matt Beachler chipped in with 12 points and Devontae Lane finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in the loss.

In Other Scores…

In other Mid-American Conference scores on Tuesday night, Ohio beat Miami (OH) 78-61, while Ball State defeated Bowling Green.

Ben Roderick scored 20 points and made six 3-pointers to lead the way for the Bobcats (7-5, 3-3).

Ben Vander Plas added 15 points, eight rebounds, and seven steals, Jason Preston finished with 10 points eight assists, and six rebounds, and Mark Sears ended with nine points, seven rebounds, and four assists for Ohio, which bounced back from the defeat to Toledo last Friday.

Mekhi Lairy paced Miami (OH) with 17 points, five assists and four rebounds.

Dalonte Brown had 16 points and five boards and Dar Grant finished with 12 points and made four 3-pointers for the Redhawks (4-4, 1-2). BOX SCORE

Ishmael El-Amin tallied 20 points for Ball State to take down Bowling Green and snapped a two-game losing streak.

K.J. Walton supported well with 14 points and nine rebounds and Brachen Hazen had 14 points and eight boards for the Cardinals (5-5, 3-2 MAC), who led 43-36 at halftime and outscored the Falcons 45-28 in the second half.

Justin Turner led the way for Bowling Green (9-3, 5-1) with 18 points, five assists and four rebounds.

The Falcons were on a five-game winning streak before Tuesday night’s loss.

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