Central Michigan vs Buffalo

Buffalo 74, Cent. Michigan 72


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Javon McCrea scored six of his 21 points in overtime as Buffalo defeated Central Michigan 74-72 Monday night in the opening round of the Mid-American Conference tournament.

McCrea went 8-of-10 shooting to go with eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals. Will Regan added 15 points, Tony Watson 14 and Raphell Thomas-Edwards came off the bench to score 10 for the eighth-seeded Bulls, who snapped a two-game losing streak.

The game saw 18 lead changes in regulation before Kyle Randall's 3-pointer drew it to 67-all with 21 seconds left - the 11th tie of the night.

Randall, who led ninth-seeded Central Michigan with 31 points, missed two straight layups and had a third blocked as part of a 0-for-5 overtime-opening shooting performance. McCrea, meanwhile, followed a jumper with a dunk to give Buffalo the lead for good.

Central Michigan made just 1 of 9 shots in overtime.

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Central Michigan Chippewas
B. Hibbitts, F403-131-28038
J. Simons, F273-50-02049
K. Randall, G4510-208-871131
C. Fowler, G395-83-419113
D. Richardson, G191-30-02032
F. Craddock192-40-02024
O. Mbaigoto182-80-04125
A. Keel130-10-00100
Z. Saylor50-10-00000
Totals 26-6312-1431121672
Buffalo Bulls
W. Regan, F415-112-281115
J. McCrea, F368-105-782321
T. Watson II, G456-171-246314
J. Skeete, G401-74-46116
A. Nuiriankh, G372-80-08525
C. Downing131-11-20043
R. Thomas-Edwards134-50-040210
Totals 27-5913-1741151674
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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