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More on the game

By mrasor Published: February 4, 2007

Men's basketball


It's hard to find faults with a 70-52 win.


Let's start, however, with the way Ball State forced Akron into five consecutive turnovers using the three-quarters press.


Ball State is no swarming defense by any means. Kent State is.


I'm looking forward to March 4, when Akron travels to play the Flashes. You can bet Jim Christian saw the tape and will be ready to stunt a Zips run with a feisty press.


Here are some game stories...


  • The ABJ's Tom Gaffney points out Ball State's terrible inside shooting.

  • The PD's Elton Alexander wrote the most pessimistic game story possible after an 18-point win. Maybe it's justified. Like I said, I didn't catch the game.

  • It appears five teams are separating themselves from the rest of the MAC. Akron and Toledo are 8-1. Kent State is 7-2. Ohio and Miami are 6-3. I also think Western Michigan can play better than its 5-4 record.

Women's basketball


Akron finally won its first conference game under Jodi Kest.


The Zips beat a solid Eastern Michigan team at Rhodes Arena Saturday, 69-53.


You heard it here first: Despite a 1-8 conference record, Akron has a great chance to win a MAC Tournament game.


Tennis


The Zips shut out St. Bonaventure for their second win of the young season.


Actually, Akron's singles players only lost a total of two sets.


This was a home match, which the Zips play at LaTuchie Tennis Center in my hometown of Stow. I pray LaTuchie is an indoor facility.


p.s. After the women's soccer, volleyball and women's basketball teams started hot then tanked the conference schedule, I'm not getting excited about a 2-0 record.


Track


The Akron Open was this weekend. Although it is not a team-scored event, several Akron athletes were medalists.


  • Corine Gavin-Hall, 200-meter dash

  • Natalie Sako, high jump

  • Allison Lawyer, discus

  • Ryan Jones, high jump

  • John Russell, pole vault (he's actually "unattached" since he graduated)

  • Cadeau Kelley, long jump

  • Randall Hafner, discus

  • Stephon Fuqua, 200-meter dash (yes, the same Fuqua who saw some time playing wide receiver)

  • Jason Headman, mile run
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