Akron beat Miami 52-45 to move to 7-1 in the MAC and 14-4 overall. The RedHawks (9-8, 6-3) played their typically solid defense but the Zips pulled away late in the second half. With losses by Ohio and Kent State, the Zips are back in first place.
- The turning point was a blocked shot from Darryl Peterson which started a fast break. Dru Joyce hit a 3 to expand the Zips' lead to four.
- Actually, both teams played great defense. And up until the RedHawks had to foul to stop the clock, neither team accumulated many fouls.
- Joyce hit three 3-pointers and scored 12. Romeo Travis had seven boards and three blocks. However, my player of the game is Peterson, who gave a great offensive lift from the bench. He scored 11 on seven shots. I'm really rooting for Peterson to come back to have a strong second half of his senior year.
- William Hatcher played well for Miami with 14 points and six rebounds.
- Miami is not a good team, but still can surprise some teams who aren't shooting well from the perimeter. The RedHawks are well-coached, and as long as they keep the pace down, they can win.
- Here's some amazing news for Zips fans. Kent State lost at home to Bowling Green, 79-74. Akron is again tied for the conference lead with the Flashes. Ohio also lost to Buffalo. That's the good news. The bad news is that the Zips play the underrated Falcons on the road on Saturday.
- In other MAC action, Northern Illinois won at Central Michigan, Toledo creamed Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan beat Ball State.