Ohio weathers late Eastern Michigan rally, earns a 74-68 win
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Jason Preston hit 3 of 4 from the free throw line in the final 21 seconds and Ohio held off a late rally to beat Eastern Michigan, 74-68 in a Mid-America Conference game on Tuesday night.
A three-time MAC East Player of the Week three this season, Preston finished with 13 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Boubacar Toure and Yeikson Montero hit back-to-back field goals to get Eastern Michigan within three, 68-65 with 1:16 left, but Lunden McDay answered with a 3 with :44 remaining. Shamar Dillard hit a 3 to cut the deficit to 3 points again with :36 left, but Preston closed the game out from the line.
Montero finished with 18 points, five rebounds and five steals to lead the Eagles (10-5, 0-2), with Ty Groce adding 12 points and Toure grabbing 10 rebounds.