Toledo outlasts E. Michigan 60-56 behind Lauf's 17 points

Posted at 7:55 AM, Mar 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-06 10:44:30-05

Jordan Lauf scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Jonathan Williams had 14 points and Steve Taylor Jr. had 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists and Toledo beat Eastern Michigan 60-56 Friday night.

Toledo will open the Mid-American Conference Tournament at home against Bowling Green in the first round Monday. Eastern Michigan will host Northern Illinois.

Taylor's layup with 5:30 left put Toledo up 50-49 and the Rockets led the rest of the way. Toledo (16-15, 9-9 Mid-American) distributed 20 assists shooting 25 for 55 (45.5 percent).

The Rockets closed the first half with a 9-0 run and Nate Navigato's 3-pointer with four seconds before the buzzer put Toledo up 25-24. Eastern Michigan posted the largest lead of the game for either team (24-16) before the Rockets' run.

Ray Lee led Eastern Michigan (15-16, 7-11) with 14 points, Tim Bond and Ty Toney each scored 11 and James Thompson IV had 10 points and 13 rebounds with six coming on the offensive end.