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Referees nearly steal the show

By mrasor Published: February 17, 2007

Men's basketball

I have never heard referees get the business that Akron fans dealt tonight.

The officiating was poor, but Rhodes Arena nearly erupted with each ticky-tack whistle. I actually thought the refs were horrific against both teams.

Anyhow, Akron won another game it was supposed to. The Zips opened an early 14-point lead, let it wither to a tie, then pulled away. Final score: 74-57.

Romeo Travis provided a huge boost in the first half, scoring 13 of his 21 points. It was the other two post players who dominated the second half. Jeremiah Wood grabbed 11 rebounds and scored 14 points on the night. Quade Milum converted two highlight-reel alley-oops.

Like most games, however, the Zips actually won it on the other end. Austin Peay shot just 33 percent, including 19 percent from 3-point land. Akron also outrebounded the Governors, 46-30.

Keep an eye on the other BracketBusters games. The MAC is faring pretty well so far in the important matchups. Miami beat Indiana State. Kent State won at George Mason. Toledo leads Old Dominion at the half. Ohio will play at New Mexico State tonight at midnight on ESPN2. This weekend could go far in boosting the conference's RPI.

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