Toledo Survives Scare; Edges WMU 63-62

Tyrone Kent, Mohamed Lo and Jonathan Amos all scored in double figures for the Toledo Rockets as the Midnight Blue and Gold edged the visiting WMU Broncos on Family Night at Savage Arena. Kent led Toledo with 21 points and five rebounds, while Lo added 18 points and Amos chipped in with 13.

TOLEDO -- The trio of Tyrone Kent, Mohamed Lo and Jonathan Amos helped guide the Toledo Rockets (6-23, 4-10) past the Western Michigan University Broncos (9-19, 6-8) in a tight 63-62 decision Saturday night at Savage Arena in Toledo.

Ahead of the visitors for most of the contest, the Rockets built a 10-point 61-51 lead with 3:21 to go, then held on late with a pair of Anthony Byrd free throws as just seven seconds remained in the Rockets one-point victory.

Kent led the Rocket scorers with 21 points, plus five rebounds, while sophomore Mohamed Lo scored 18 with seven boards. Senior Jonathan Amos added 13 points. The trio accounted for 31 of the 38 Rocket points in the opening 20 minutes.

Behind those 31 points, the Rockets built a 38-31 lead over the Broncos, who got 15 of David Kool's game high 22 points in the opening stanza.

Six minutes into the second half the visiting team rallied to tie the score at 43-43. After a pair of stalled Rocket offensive possessions, the Broncos took their one and only lead of the contest, a slim 44-43 margin, on a Martelle McLemore free throw.

Toledo, though, answered with an 18-7 run over the next 10 minute stretch.

Kent quickly connected from long range to put the Rockets back on top 46-44. On their next possession Mohamed Lo put back a Kent miss to extend the lead. Amos connected with a jumper, and Larry Bastfield and Tyrone Kent each added a pair of free throws to make it 54-47 with 8:31 left.

Kent and Lo continued to dominate the scoring column as the Rockets kept extending the lead. The two scored seven of the Rockets final nine points to provide Toledo with its largest lead of the game, the eventual 10-point cushion.

Byrd scored the Rockets final two points of the game on a pair of free throws that made the score 63-60 with just seven seconds left.

David Kool added a late pair of free throws for the Broncos, but they got no closer.

Jonathan Amos grabbed an offensive rebound for Toledo with four seconds left, and the senior ran off the final few moments to end Toledo's tow game losing streak.

Toledo's next game is scheduled for Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. The Rockets will conclude their road portion of the MAC schedule with a trip to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to try and sweep the season series with the Central Michigan Chippewas.

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