The 11-team Mid-American Conference basketball tournament tipped off Monday night. Three first-round games, played at the gyms of the favored teams, set the final field of eight teams that will meet at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for the remaining three rounds.
In Buffalo, the No. 8 seed Buffalo Bulls defeated the Central Michigan Chippewas in overtime, 74-72, in a game that had 11 ties and 18 lead changes. Buffalo next faced No. 5 seed Ball State in the tournament's second round, and emerged with a surprisingly dominant 76-61 over the Cardinals. Forward Will Reagan scored a season-high 36 points in the upset victory. The Bulls will take on No. 4 Kent State in Thursday's 6:30 p.m. ET quarterfinal. Television coverage is available on STO.
On Monday, the seventh-seeded Eastern Michigan Eagles got a three-point basket from Jalen Ross with 32 seconds left to complete a 45-44 win over the No. 10 Northern Illinois Huskies. The Eagles advanced to Wednesday's second round to face Miami. The 11th-seeded RedHawks, which went just 9-21 in the regular season and 3-13 in the MAC, recorded a surprising 63-52 win over Bowling Green on Monday. Tipoff for Wedneday's game is set for 9 p.m. ET. The winner will square off with Western Michigan on Thursday night.
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