Toledo Emerges As Dark Horse After Win Over Miami


Final - 3.5.2012 1 2 Total
(10) Miami RedHawks (9-21, 5-11 MAC) 24 29 53
(7) Toledo Rockets (17-15, 7-9 MAC) 34 26 60

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Before Charlie Coles announced his retirement, they played a basketball game in Toledo. This may be hard to believe, but yet somehow a seven-point victory with a 16-point lead fully blown by the Rockets constitutes the most boring game of the night.

But a more complete game overall is why the Rockets escaped the upset grippe sweeping the first round, even if it was in doubt for a moment there. The 20-3 run by the RedHawks not only gave them a one-point lead, but it happened in just 5:18, whacking everything out of proportion. Mavunga not only began the run with a four-point play, but he also kicked it out to Brian Sullivan for a couple of quick superhoops.

That final Sullivan 3-pointer happened at the 5:35 juncture in the game, and it was Miami's last points of the season, as well as the final scoring in the Coles Era.

Rian Pearson earned a couple votes in the MAC Player of the Year voting, but made the most of his snub with a 21-point, 13-rebound night. Dominique Buckley had seven points and four steals and Matt Smith lasted well through the game for 12 points and seven rebounds.

Mavunga ends his admirable career with 12 points, six rebounds, six assists and just one turnover. He was everything they needed, even if the scoring wasn't all there. But Drew McGhee had a career game, stealing the show for the red and white with 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Senior Adam Thomas goes out with two points, a rebound and a block.

Toledo was supposed to play Bowling Green in the second round but CMU put the kibosh on the expected rivalry rematch. So this may be an easier path to the quarterfinals than previously thought. Then again, wasn't BG supposed to have an easy road?

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