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MAC Men’s Basketball Daily Recap Roundup: 11/14/2017

An entertaining evening of basketball

NCAA Basketball: Northern Illinois at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

I suspected I would enjoy the Miami and Northern Illinois games. I had no intention of tuning into the Rockets game. It just goes to show with basketball, on any given day that ends in Y.


Toledo Rockets “Beat” Ohio Northern Polar Bears, 72-62

I hate blowouts. They are the bane of my existence. I get frustrated when schedules are loaded with games that should be a blow out. This type of game might be even worse. Division 1 Toledo was supposed to roll in and smash their division 3 foe. It didn’t happen. Toledo did pull out the win and I should be happy about that, but the sportsman in me is not. Ohio Northern looked like they wanted this game more.

The Ohio Northern shooting percentages were 34.3% from the floor, 31.4% from three, and 50% from the line. They were 3 of 6. Meanwhile the Rockets shot 15-22 from the line to make all the difference in the world.

Tre'Shaun Fletcher had a huge game for the Rockets, and quite simply is the only reason they won. The 6’7 Colorado graduate had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists.

The Rockets move to 2-0 and next host Oakland in a huge game against a regional rival.


Miami Shocks the World, Moves to 2-0 With Overtime Win Against Wright State.

The Miami RedHawks hired a new coach and things seem to be working out ok. After a non-surprising win in their first game, they pulled out the OT win against the Raiders.

It was a close game throughout, with the RedHawks pulling it out at the end.

A freshman led the RedHawks in scoring. I have a strong sense of Deja Vu. Nike Sibande scored 17. Logan Mclane had 6 points and 8 rebounds. Darrian Ringo added 10 assists and 3 steals.

Miami takes on the Long Island University Brooklyn Blackbirds next.


NIU Demands Attention With Big Win Over Green Bay, 85-65.

In the first game for both teams this season, the Huskies dominated the Phoenix on both ends of the floor. As a first game, and one that Green Bay shot horribly, I normally wouldn’t put a whole lot of thought into it. However, the Huskies showed just how talented they are.

Eugene German, Dante Thorpe and Levi Bradley all had big games. Lacy James, the 6’9 transfer was also impressive.

The Huskies take on St. Francis and then take on Penn in the Gulf Coast Showcase on 11/20.