Reggie McAdams is one of those players that you're never really sure whether you are going to get a pretty good game from or a really good game from. On Friday night against Bowling Green, it was pretty clear from the start what type of game the senior sharpshooter was going to give the struggling Zips.
Coming off of a head-scratching loss at Miami, Akron found the magical elixir against the Falcons hitting 46 percent of their whopping 41 three-point attempts to cruise to a 89-54 home victory. The win keeps the Zips one game ahead of Ohio, Buffalo, and Kent State, who are on their heels in the MAC East race.
McAdams was far and away the star of the show, scoring 29 points on 7-10 shooting from beyond the arc. He matched his jersey number in the first half, scoring 21 points which almost matched Bowling Green's point total for the half (26). It wasn't quite his career high (he scored 31 against Central Michigan last season), but he still put on a 3-point clinic in what was a huge bounce-back win to keep the Zips ahead of everyone else in the MAC East.
There really isn't much to take from a blowout victory, other than that an Akron team clicking on all cylinders is very tough to beat. The hard part is, there really isn't one guy you can key on. Currently eight players on the Akron roster average over 7 points per game, but none of them average over 13.5. Game planning against Akron is really difficult, mainly because you can't just focus on one or to guys to stop. Eight players are capable of going off every night, and you never know who exactly it's going to be.
What makes matters worse is what happens when Akron is shooting well from beyond the arc. Of those 8 players averaging more than 7 points per game, 6 of them are shooting better than 40 percent from the 3-point line. That brings a new dynamic to the gameplan, and one that is isn't easy to plan against especially in a tournament setting. Center Isaiah Johnson even hit a three in Friday's game, and although he isn't the guy that is going to take many it still shows that even he could hit one too.
Bowling Green is in a tough spot, because although they were blown out tonight they have the talent level to compete in the conference tournament. They have the potential to win a game in Cleveland if they get there and shouldn't be discouraged from a bad loss like this one.
Zach Denny had a pretty good showing for Bowling Green, scoring 16 points on 6-12 shooting. No other Falcon scored in double digits, though Rasheed Worrell was close with 8.
Other than McAdams' explosion, Kwan Chetham had a nice game for the Zips scoring 16 points shooting a nearly perfect 5-6 from the floor. Antino Jackson sniffed a triple-double, scoring 10 points, grabbing 6 rebounds and dishing out 8 assists. Jake Kretzer and Josh Williams joined the three-parade as well, with all 9 of their points coming from beyond the arc.
The Zips finish out the season next week with two huge home games against Ohio and Kent State. Meanwhile, Bowling Green heads to Kent State on Tuesday and closes out the regular season against Buffalo.
|Points||R. McAdams (29)||Z. Denny (16)|
|Rebounds||An. Jackson (6)||Three tied (4)|
|Assists||An. Jackson (8)||I. Ali (5)|
|Blocks||I. Johnson (2)||R. Worrell (2)|
|Steals||An. Jackson (3)||Z. Denny (3)|