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MAC Men’s Basketball Recap December 7th: Akron, Toledo and Kent State all win on Wednesday night

All three schools picked up home wins last night.

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Toledo Rockets 73, Detroit Mercy Titans 65 - The Rockets 4-5 finally got their second home win after losing most recently to Greenbay 78-77. Detroit suffered their eighth straight loss after opening the season with a victory. Both teams greatly struggled from the free throw as they combined to shoot 35-57 from the charity stripe.

The big difference in the game was the three point shooting as Detroit went 1 for 15 while the Rockets we’re 8 of 24 from beyond the arc. Jonathan Williams and Jaelan Sanford continued their strong play as the both had efficient games on Wednesday night. Williams set a career high with 29 points and six assists.

Toledo travels to Marshall on Saturday as they have four remaining non-conference games.

Akron Zips 87, Coppin State Eagles 63 - Akron defeats Coppin State for their 22nd straight home win. The Zips moved to 7-2 and 5-0 and at home after taking care of business against the winless Eagles.

The starters for Akron provided the damage as they combined for 64 total points. This game was never close as the Zips lead by 15 at half time and they led by as much as 27 late. The Zips key performers were Jimon Ivey and Isaiah Johnson as the duo combined for 34 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Up next the Zips travel to Gonzaga on Saturday for their second ranked opponent in three games.

Kent State Golden Flashes 100, Niagara Purple Eagles 72 - To wrap the three game stretch of MAC games the Golden Flashes dominated the Purple Eagles. Similarly to the Akron game it seemed the Golden Flashes we’re always in control. They led at halftime and didn’t slow down in the second half.

Jimmy Hall once again showcased himself as he had 20 points on only 11 shots from the field. Hall battled foul trouble but is averaging 18 points and 11 rebounds per game in his senior season. It’s incredible what he’s given to the Kent State program as he’s accumulated over 1100 points, 550 rebounds and 100 plus assists in his two and a quarter seasons.

The Golden Flashes are at home vs the NJIT Highlanders on Saturday who play in the Atlantic Sun.