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2021 Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Game Recaps: Feb. 23

The top of the conference pulls away from the bottom in a night of big blowouts.

A picture of Ty Groce because he had a decent night in a losing effort.
Kenneth Bailey

I’m not sure if I would call Tuesday’s slate of basketball exciting.

The closest game on the night was by 13 points, with the game not once threatening to be competitive. It probably doesn’t help that some teams had longer rests than other teams, either. Alas, we’ve seemed to reach the point of the season where the top of the MAC pulls away from the rest.

Here are the results from Tuesday’s action:

  • Ohio had little trouble dispatching Akron by a score of 90-73. Loren Christen Jackson scored 22 points for the Zips. Ben Roderick and Ben Vander Plas shared the honors for the Bobcats with each scoring 17 points.
  • Miami nearly hit the century mark in defeating a short-handed Central Michigan by a score of 96-54. Central had a slow start out the gate by scoring 18 points in the first half, including a stretch of nearly 10 minutes where they didn’t get a single basket. Dae Dae Grant was the scoring leader for the RedHawks with 25 points. Meikkal Murray led the Chippewas with 16 points.
  • The Buffalo Bulls did hit the century mark in their triumph over the Northern Illinois Huskies, beating them by the final score of 102-74. Josh Mballa recorded a double-double, scoring 21 points (team-high) and 12 rebounds. The top scorer for the Huskies was Tyler Cochran with 26 points.
  • It was not a happy night in Ypsilanti as the visiting Bowling Green Falcons shot down the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Kaden Metheny was the leading Falcon with 29 points. The Eagles were led by Ty Groce with 23 points.

Tonight (Wednesday), Kent State will travel to Muncie to face Ball State.

On Thursday, there is an almost full slate of games thanks to make-up games, as Eastern Michigan travels to Athens to face Ohio, Miami heads to Kalamazoo to face Western Michigan and Central Michigan travels to Buffalo.

On Friday, the CBS Sports Network will feature Bowling Green at Akron.

Saturday has Western Michigan traveling to Toledo, Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan at Ball State, Buffalo at Ohio and Kent State at Miami. It ought to be an interesting weekend.