Akron downs Herd, 71-64

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 3, 2005

AKRON (AP) - Rick McFadden and Romeo Travis scored 15 points apiece to lead Akron to a 71-64 victory over Marshall on Wednesday.

McFadden connected on 5-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Travis had eight rebounds for the Zips (18-8, 11-6 Mid-American Conference), who have won five of their last six games.

David Anderson had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Marshall (5-21, 2-15), and Mark Patton added 12 points and 16 boards. The Thundering Herd have lost five straight.

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The Zips opened the game with a 10-2 run and led 36-32 at halftime. The Thundering Herd committed 10 turnovers in the first half.

Marshall's A.W. Hamilton made two free throws to tie the game at 36 with 18:35 remaining but Akron responded with a 9-2 spurt. Nick Meyers hit a 3-pointer, Darryl Peterson made a jumper and Travis got inside for a layup during the run.

The Thundering Herd battled back again, pulling within 45-42 on a layup by LaVar Carter with 10:40 left. McFadden then connected on a 3 as the Zips scored 10 of the next 12 points.

Hamilton also had 10 points for Marshall, who outrebounded Akron 37-25.

Ohio 90, Buffalo 77

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Jeremy Fears scored 20 of his 33 points in the second half to help Ohio defeat Buffalo 90-77 on Wednesday.

Leon Williams added 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Bobcats (17-9, 11-6 Mid-American Conference), who shot 60 percent from the field in the second half and 53 percent in the game. Mychal Green finished with 19 points.

Turner Battle led Buffalo (18-8, 10-7) with 16 points, while Yassin Idbihi finished with 13. The Bisons, who had a five-game winning streak snapped, shot 38 percent from the field.

Parnell Smith converted a layup to give Buffalo a 36-26 lead with 3:31 left in the first half. Fears then made a 3-pointer as Ohio scored 33 of the next 40 points in a surge that lasted into the second half.

A layup by Fears made it 59-43 Bobcats with 14:01 remaining in the game.

Fears and Green combined to go 10-of-16 from 3-point range and Sonny Troutman also had 10 points and seven rebounds for Ohio.

Mario Jordan finished with 12 points and Roderick Middleton 10 for the Bisons.