MAC Recap: 11-14
Last night there were only two games in the MAC as Akron was pitted against Gardner-Webb in the consolation game of the College Basketball Experience Classic and Western Michigan was on the road against Indiana State. Akron beat Gardner-Webb to start the season 1-1 while Western Michigan lost a tough one to the Sycamores. On to the recaps.
The story of the game in Akron’s big win over Gardner-Webb, 89-61, was the play of its two forwards, Romeo Travis and Jeremiah Woods. They combined for 15-of-23 shooting and 35 points as the Zips bounced back from a tough loss to Arkansas-Little Rock the night before. Wood also nabbed 12 boards on route to his seventh career double-double. The Zips also used defense to hold off the Bulldogs, as Gardner-Webb managed to shoot just 36 percent. Akron finished the night shooting 51% from the field. They will be back in action on Sunday for their home opener against Tiffin.
The only other game involving a MAC team was a rematch of one of last year’s BracketBuster games. Western Michigan went on the road and lost 73-71 to Indiana State. This was an especially bad loss for the MAC in general because Indiana State is picked to finish near the end of the Missouri Valley Conference while the Broncos are expected to finish near the top of the MAC. Junior center Joe Reitz recorded his 10th career double-double finishing with 16 points and 12 boards. Western Michigan shot 46% from behind the arc but only shot 33% overall from the field with contributed to their loss.
Tonight in the MAC the game of the night is undoubtedly Miami on the road against Kentucky. After losing to Wright State in their first game I’m not sure that Miami will be able to pull it together on the road and beat Kentucky. In the other game tonight St. Mary’s (MN) takes on Northern Illinois in DeKalb. NIU should be able to pick up their first win of the year.