Another Saturday is in the books in 2019, and what we learned is that just about anyone can win on any given night. Which we already knew. Probably the biggest news is that there are now no teams that are unbeaten in conference play.
Ohio Bobcats 78, Ball State Cardinals 74
The Cardinals continue to disappoint. This time, the Ohio Bobcats had a lot to do with it, lighting it up late. Jason Carter scored all of his 16 points in the second half, while Gavin Block also came up big down the stretch. Much like this game, expect the Bobcats to rally down the stretch. The Cardinals are still dangerous, once they get out of their own way.
Eastern Michigan Eagles 93, Western Michigan Broncos 67
The Eagles once again made their shots and looked like the team we expected at the beginning of the season. Elijah Minnie scored 29 for the winners, while James Thompson IV added 14 points and 14 boards. Seth Dugan scored 29 for Western, also picking up 10 boards.
Minnie and Kevin McAdoo combined to go 10-19 from three. McAdoo chipped in 16 in the winning effort.
Miami RedHawks 67, Bowling Green Falcons 53
A cold shooting night did in the last remaining unbeaten team in conference play. The RedHawks weren’t much better on offense, with the exception of Nike Sibande, who led all scorers with 25. In fact, only two others scored in double digits in this contest. Justin Turner and Antwon Lilliard combined for only 22. I would not call this contest #MACtion.
Akron Zips 67, Northern Illinois Huskies, 65
After a close contest, the Zips took control in the second half. The Huskies made it a game late, but the Zips held on for the win. The Zips did most of their damage from three, hitting 14-35 from deep. They were only 20-56 overall.
Toledo Rockets 76, Central Michigan Chippewas 72
The Rockets held on to win a close one against the Chippewas. Jaelen Stanford led all scorers with 22, while teammate Luke Knapke added 21 on 9-11 shooting and 13 boards. Willie Jackson also had a double double for the winners, scoring 12 with rebounds.
Larry Austin Jr. led 4 Chippewas in double figures, with 18.