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Acuff's 29 points lead Eastern Michigan past Ohio

Bobcats remain winless in MAC road games

YPSILANTI, Mich. Tyson Acuff scored 29 points to lead Eastern Michigan to a 90-79 victory over Ohio on Tuesday night at the George Gervin Game Above Center.

Dwight Wilson II had 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Jaylin Hunter scored 22 points, but it was not enough against the Eagles, who shot 57.7%, including 60.7% in the first half when they built a 47-40 lead.

Ohio (11-11, 3-6 Mid-American Conference) was as close as 56-52 on an Elmore James jumper with 11:22 to play, but Acuff hit a pair of free throws at the 8:10 mark that made it 68-58 game. He hit a 3-pointer at the 2:55 mark to put the score at 82-70, and Eastern Michigan (6-16, 3-6 MAC) remained ahead by double digits the rest of the way.

Most of the first half was even, with a Hunter 3-pointer tying the score at 26 with 8:25 to go. Eastern Michigan followed with a 7-0 run and held the lead the rest of the game.

AJ Clayton scored 13 points, and James finished with 12 points for the Bobcats.

Miles Brown was 1-for-10 and scored just five points. AJ Brown did not play because of an injury.

The Bobcats shot just 44.8% but stayed competitive with 21 offensive rebounds, including nine by Wilson.

Kevin-David Rice tallied 11 points for Eastern Michigan. Jalin Billingsley and Yusuf Jihad had 10 points each.

Ohio returns home to face Miami at 2 p.m. Tuesdays at The Convo.

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