McCrea powers Buffalo past Cent. Michigan 74-72 OT

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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.