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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Recap: MAC Roundup, December 17

We had six games on the hardwood Saturday.

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We had a pretty good slate of games today in #MACsketball as we had disappointing losses as well as impressive victories. How did your team fare on the hardwood? Well, scroll down and find out!

Eastern Michigan 74, Vermont 82

Despite James Thompson IV going off for 13 points and 21 (!!!) rebounds, the Eagles were unable to match Vermont’s efficiency on the offensive end as the home team shot 48.3% from the field and 17-22 from the free throw line. The loss drops EMU to 6-4, and with three games left in non-conference play (including a match-up with Syracuse Monday night) the team is in need of momentum ahead of #MACtion.

Ohio 71, Cleveland State 53

The Bobcats rolled the Vikings as they sunk 10 three-pointers in the contest, hauled in 39 boards, and held CSU to 32.2% shooting from the field. Jaaron Simmons had a complete game with 10 points, eight assists, and six rebounds as the ‘Cats pick up a much needed win with the non-con slate coming to a close.

Buffalo 87, Canisius 94 OT

The Bulls took one on the chin tonight as they let a nine-point lead in the first half evaporate and only mustered six points in overtime as Jermaine Crumpton dropped 31 points on them in the loss. With games against Robert Morris and Maine on deck, Buffalo will have a chance to get on track before the start of conference play.

Northern Illinois 60, Florida International 53

The defense got it done for the Huskies as it recorded six steals, five blocks, and held FIU to 7-29 from the field in the second half. Dontel Highsmith again carried the load for NIU with 23 points on 8-12 shooting as the team continues its stay in the Sunshine State with a game at South Florida December 20 at 7 p.m.

Toledo 78, Southeastern Louisiana 56

The Rockets pounded SLU at the free throw line, as UT shot 23-28 from the charity stripe while Southeastern Louisiana only mustered 5-13 free throw shooting. Jonathan Williams powered the offense with 24 points on 8-14 from the field as Toledo gets the luxury of home games until mid-January.

Akron 99, Marshall 88

Noah Robotham was on fire for the Zips with 27 points off of 6-7 shooting from long range as Akron downed a Thundering Herd team that defeated Ohio earlier in the season. Boasting dominant play on the boards and an efficient offense, UA has asserted itself as top dog in the MAC with league play rapidly approaching, but with #MACtion anything is a possibility.