Ohio vs Buffalo

Ohio 77, Buffalo 74


CLEVELAND (AP) - D.J. Cooper scored 18 points - 15 on 3-pointers in the first half - and Ohio withstood league MVP Mitchell Watt's strong second half and poor free-throw shooting in the final seconds to beat Buffalo 77-74 on Friday night and move into the Mid-American Conference tournament championship.

The third-seeded Bobcats (26-7), who missed four free throws in the last 25 seconds, will face top-seeded Akron in Saturday night's title game. The winner receives the league's automatic NCAA tournament bid. The schools split their two regular-season games.

Watt scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds for the Bulls (19-10), who missed three potential game-tying 3-pointers in the last nine seconds. The final one, a heave from half court by Jarod Oldham, bounced off the back of the rim.

Reggie Keely added 14 points and T.J. Hall 13 for the Bobcats, who beat Akron in overtime to win the 2010 title.

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Ohio (26-7) «463177
Buffalo (19-10)353974
OH:D. Cooper 18 Pts
OH:R. Keely 7 Reb
OH:D. Cooper 9 Ast
BUFF:M. Watt 32 Pts
BUFF:M. Watt 11 Reb
BUFF:J. Oldham 5 Ast

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D.J. Cooper
Mitchell Watt
Ohio Bobcats
W. Offutt, F363-82-323110
D. Cooper, G366-181-129018
I. Baltic, F315-100-043310
N. Kellogg, G312-52-22018
J. Smith, F132-30-35034
T. Hall, F225-90-362413
R. Keely, F196-92-470314
R. Johnson, G80-00-00030
S. Taylor, G40-20-01100
K. Belton, F-CDid Not Play
N. Goff, GDid Not Play
D. McKinley, GDid Not Play
E. Jacobs, CDid Not Play
T. Goard, FDid Not Play
Totals 29-647-1629181877
Buffalo Bulls
M. Watt, F3411-179-11113032
J. Oldham, G342-42-25526
Z. Filzen, G283-130-01019
J. McCrea, F286-120-172212
A. Nuiriankh, G-F101-30-04102
D. Barnett, G-F293-71-19319
T. Watson II, G200-20-02340
T. Robinson, F171-32-23044
C. Downing, FDid Not Play
C. Raley-Ross, GDid Not Play
R. Sebuharara, GDid Not Play
X. Ford, FDid Not Play
R. Thomas-Edwards, FDid Not Play
Totals 27-6114-1742171474
EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kent St.10-722-14142
Bowling Green7-1013-19225
Miami (Ohio)4-1311-21301
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ball St.10-721-13169
W. Michigan10-716-16174
E. Michigan7-1016-17175
N. Illinois7-1015-17239
C. Michigan6-1116-16216
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UMass 77 Final
Temple 71
Iowa 75 Final
Mich St 92
MD 69 Final
NC 85
LSU 51 Final
Kentucky 60
Indiana 71 Final
Wisc 79
Alabama 63 Final
Florida 66
Minn 69 Final
Michigan 73
VT 56 Final
Cincinnati 71 Final
Syracuse 68
Baylor 81 Final
Kansas 72
Purdue 71 Final
Ohio St 88
Colo St 69 Final
Miami-FL 71 Final
Florida St 82
Louisville 64 Final
ND 50
Texas 67 Final
Missouri 81
N Mexico 72 Final