Posted: 10:28 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
By Brandon Hickey
A pretty good day for the MAC overall, other than a really really really bad loss.
So today was a decent day for MAC teams. 5 wins in total, but there was one awful outcome.
Ball State started the day off with a close loss to Butler. I covered this game in detail here.
Not much to see here. The Student Princes were in this for awhile; it was 45-42 Ohio at one point. Nick Kellogg led the charge with 18 points and six boards while Jon Smith followed up with 17 and 8. Maurice Ndour only put in four points but accumulated eleven rebounds.
OOF. Wilmington is a Division III school who plays in the Ohio Athletic Conference and went 14-13 year. This was NOT what the RedHawks were looking for in their home opener. They gave up fourteen threes, which is one of the things to look at when upsets happen. Not to pile on, but the RedHawks out-rebounded Wilmington 53-35 and still lost. Miami will have trouble winning a game until conference play begins.
This may have been the game of the day. The Rockets were down 19 points with 14 minutes left, and stormed back to win in the final seconds. Juice Brown was in foul trouble in the first half but came back in the second strong. Rian Pearson put in sixteen to lead the Rockets and J.D. Weatherspoon followed up with fourteen. Toledo has a chance to go 4-0 in the 2k Sports Classic against Florida Atlantic tomorrow.
Another day, another Eastern Michigan win. Ray Lee was the story in this one, putting up 38 points on 12-15 shooting. That's the highest point total in the MAC this year if I remember correctly. The Eagles are now 5-0, but their next three games are going to be really tough: at Kentucky, home against UMass and at Purdue. They'll be lucky to escape from that gauntlet 1-2 unless something really crazy happens. The Eagles have been feasting on weak competition so this stretch of games will let us see if they can hang with the big boys.
Kent State just keeps on rolling as well. The Golden Flashes scored over 100 points for the first time since 2006. Mark Henniger led the way with twenty points and K.K. Simmons had eighteen. The Flashes had trouble with the nation's leading scorer Antoine Mason as he was able to put up 31 on 20 shots. A couple others stepped up for the Purple Eagles, or else this game wouldn't have been that close. Kent State closes out the Coaches vs. Cancer subregional at 3-0 and faces a hot Youngstown State team on Tuesday.
Bowling Green's gauntlet of a schedule continued with a blowout loss to the Billikens of Saint Louis. It wasn't pretty in the second half, but Spencer Parker has been a bright spot in the past two games against great competition. These games will be beneficial to the Falcons come conference time, even though it looks bad now. BG heads to Cancun now to face Presbyterian in the first game of the Cancun Challenge that's actually in Mexico.
Chris Fowler exploded in this one pouring in 25 points and dishing out 8 assists. John Simons and Blake Hibbitts were also in double figures at 15 and 10 respectively. The Chips shot 56% from the field, a pretty good number. They finish up their tournament 2-1, with the only loss to Montana State. Next up is a game at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.