After being down by 12 points late in the game, the Toledo Rockets forced overtime, then dominated the extra period to secure a thrilling 96-85 victory over Western Michigan.
Justin Drummond finished with a career-high 28 points and eight rebounds. Four other Rockets scored in double figures. Juice Brown notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists.
The victory pulled Toledo (24-5, 12-4 MAC) into a tie with the Broncos (19-9, 12-4) for first place in the West Division of the MAC. Both teams are tied with Buffalo for the best record in the league heading into the final week of regular season conference play. Toledo clinched no worse than a No. 3 seed in the MAC Tournament, and can earn the top seed with wins in its final two games.
The victory also helped Toledo tie a 74-year-old school record, which was set in 1939-40, for wins in a season.The Rockets dominated overtime, thanks to six points by Brown and J.D. Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon got things going with a layup, followed by a three-pointer by Rian Pearson. Brown cut the lead to four, 82-78, with a free throw but the Broncos would get no closer. Pairs of free throws by Brown and Weatherspoon extended the lead to eight. The Rockets travel to Central Michigan on Tuesday before closing out the regular season at home vs. Eastern Michigan next Saturday. If Toledo wins both of those games, it will clinch the No. 1 seed in the MAC Tournament.