Miami, Akron Win Exhibition Contests

Updated 10/31/2012


Stories courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments
Akron 111, Tiffin 72
AKRON, Ohio – Pat Forsythe scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead five Zips in double figures as The University of Akron men's basketball team used a strong second half to defeat Tiffin 111-72 in an exhibition game Wednesday at James A. Rhodes Arena.
In addition to Forsythe, Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Nick Harney added 15. Reggie McAdams had 14, including four 3-pointers, and Chauncey Gilliam scored 11.
As a team, UA shot 39-of-79 (49.4 percent) from the floor and held the Dragons to 28-of-74 (37.8 percent) shooting on the night. The Zips also held a dominating 61-31 rebounding advantage, including a 26-12 margin on the offensive glass.
Joe Graessle led Tiffin with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-21 shooting.
Akron scored on their first five possessions as the game began with a furious pace. Treadwell scored five quick points, capping the scoring burst with fast break dunk off a Tiffin turnover to make the score 12-8 in favor of Akron and force a Dragon timeout at the 17:51 mark.
The Dragons answered with six-straight points to take the lead at 14-12, but the Zips went on an 8-0 run of their own to build the lead back to six points at 20-14 at the first media timeout.
Back-to-back threes by Brian Walsh and Deji Ibitayo, and a fast break layup by Blake Justice grew the Akron lead to double digits for the first time at 31-20 with 9:37 left.
Tiffin kept the margin to around 10 points for much of the half, thanks to the shooting of Graessle, who led all scorers with 16 first-half points.
The Zips largest lead of the first half was 13 at 44-31 with 4:38 remaining as Forsythe scored on a put back, was fouled and made the free throw for a traditional three-point play.
Akron led 55-46 at halftime as the Zips moved the ball well in the first 20 minutes, dishing out 15 assists on 22 made field goals. UA shot 59.5 percent from the field in the first half (22-of-37).
UA scored the first nine points of the second half as a corner 3-pointer by McAdams made the score 64-46 with 16:23 remaining. Akron's defense began to take over the game and its lead ballooned to over 20 at 69-48 when Harney scored on a lay-up at 14:54.
The Zips continued the big 25-4 run to start the second half as Akron's advantage was 30 (80-50) with 12:06 left when Jake Kretzer made two free throws.
Akron went over the century mark at the 4:20 mark when Harney made two free throws to make the score 100-66.
The Zips continue exhibition play on Saturday as they play host Malone at 5 p.m. ET in the second game of an Akron basketball doubleheader at James A. Rhodes Arena. The UA women play Malone at 2 p.m.
Miami 73, Maryville 64
OXFORD, Ohio - First-year Miami University men's basketball coach John Cooper earned a 73-64 victory in his RedHawk coaching debut against Maryville (Mo.) in the team's only exhibition game of the 2012-13 season Wednesday night at Millett Hall.
Miami opens the regular season against No. 6 NC State Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.
The RedHawks' newly installed press defense forced the visiting Saints into 21 turnovers, which helped Miami dig out of an early 18-10 hole with nine minutes left in the first half. The RedHawks were able to convert the Saints' turnovers into 20 points for the home team. MU finished with 12 steals and two blocks.
"Our press was able to affect them in spurts and we were able to get on some runs," Cooper said.
Junior forward Will Felder led the RedHawks in scoring with 15 points and added a game-best nine rebounds. He finished 6-of-12 from the field.
Junior guard Allen Roberts and junior center Drew McGhee both scored 10 points apiece, while junior guard Quinten Rollins added five assists and five steals, while committing just one turnover in 33 minutes of action. In total 11 of the RedHawks' 13 players saw action.
"We are going to play a lot of people," Cooper said. "We have to have depth."
The Saints led for much of the first half, but the RedHawks went on a 15-2 flurry over the final 3:38 of the opening stanza.
Freshman guard Reggie Johnson knocked down a trey, while McGhee chipped in four points during the scoring surge. Junior guard Josh Sewell, who finished with eight points, hit a three as time expired in the first half to give Miami a 33-24 lead at the break.
Maryville knotted the game with 8:50 to play, 58-58, but the RedHawks finished the game on a 15-6 run to seal the win. A Roberts' 3-pointer pushed Miami ahead for good. Felder, Roberts and Rollins accounted for all of the RedHawks' scoring to round out the game.
The Saints were led by Armon Provo, who had a game-high 16 points. Trae Pemberton added 14 points, while Asa Toney chipped in 10 points. Max Mischkulnig led Maryville with seven boards.
The RedHawks shot 44.8 percent from the field (26-of-58) for the game and were 18-for-28 from the charity stripe. The Saints shot 45.5 percent and were 6-of-10 from the line.