Sunday, January 11, 2004
Rebounding serves MU well
Miami 68, Akron 60
By Mark Schmetzer
OXFORD - Miami coach Charlie Coles asked his mentor, former Miami coach and athletic director Dick Shrider, to say a few words to the RedHawks before their Mid-American Conference game against Akron on Saturday.
Shrider simply reminded the players about the importance of winning at home in the MAC.
"Basically, he said whatever you do, don't lose at home," senior forward Gene Seals said.
Without junior forward Danny Horace, who was out with a right ankle injury, Miami put together a dominant inside game to knock off the Zips 68-60 at Millett Hall.
Chet Mason scored a team-high 21 points and Juby Johnson added 17 for the RedHawks (6-5, 2-1 MAC). Miami moved into a tie with Marshall for second place in the MAC East Division behind Kent State, the RedHawks' opponent Wednesday at Millett Hall.
Mason and Seals each grabbed 12 rebounds as Miami outrebounded Akron 39-24. Akron (7-4, 1-2 MAC) had been outrebounded just three times previously.
"Miami stayed active on the boards," said Akron coach Dan Hipsher, whose teams have lost five in a row to the RedHawks. "Both of us got each other out of whack on the defensive end, but they got the putbacks to win the game."
Seals, who made his second start in place of Horace, said, "Coach Coles talked about how they've been outrebounding teams and how we haven't been rebounding up to our abilities."
The RedHawks took the lead for good when Tim Schenke muscled his way inside for a layup to give Miami a 13-11 edge with 12:45 left in the first half.
Team rebounds - 5.
Team rebounds - 3.
3-pointers - A 6-16 (Hipsher 0-1, Tarver 3-6, Hollingsworth 2-3, McFadden 1-4, Joyce 0-2), MU 2-16 (Seals 0-1, Hausfeld 2-4, Mason 0-4, Johnson 0-5, Hatcher 0-2). Technicals - Akron (team). Officials - Drury, Fogarty, Ferrari. Attendance - N/A.
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