The third-seeded Bobcats (25-7) will play second-seeded Buffalo in Friday’s second semifinal. Ohio won both meetings in the regular season.
Leading by just two after an awful shooting performance in the first half, Ohio opened the second half with an 11-0 run to take control. The Bobcats, who made just 1 of 14 shots to open the game, pushed their lead to 16 and ended a turnaround season for the seventh-seeded Rockets (18-16).
Rian Pearson, the MAC’s leading scorer, had just eight points—eight below his average—for Toledo, which won just four games last season. Curtis Dennis scored 17 to lead the Rockets.