CHARLESTON, S.C — Benjamin Genet catches up with Head Coach Keith Dambrot after the Akron Zips Men’s Basketballs loss to the University of Miami (FL) Hurricanes in the Charleston Classic.
by Sartaj Aujla
CHARLESTON, S.C — Akron Zips Men’s Basketball fell to the University of Miami (FL) Hurricanes to the final score of 79-51.
Akron Center Pat Forsythe and Wing Jake Kretzer led the Zips in scoring with 11 apiece. Miami Guard Sheldon McClellan led the Hurricanes with 17 points.
“We just didn’t move the ball well enough.” Head Coach Keith Dambrot said after the game. “We kind of splintered, we got the ball down in, and could not score it.”
Akron will get the day off tomorrow as they prepare to face the loser of the Charlotte 49ers – South Carolina Gamecocks matchup in the third place game Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.
Akron opened up with a 5-0 run contributed by Guards Niles Evans and Noah Robotham. The Miami Hurricanes stopped the run with a three made by Gaurd Angel Rodriguez.
Akron would be down by two with eight minutes left in the 1st half, but Pat Forsythe would have the Zips next six points to battle the Hurricanes three points to have Akron regain the lead 24-21.
The 1st half would end in the Hurricanes favor, as Miami’s 58% field goal shooting in the 1st would lead them to a 35 – 30 advantage at halftime. Akron only shot 38% from the field, but was able to still be within 5.
However, the 2nd half would tell a different story.
Miami (FL) would open with a 13-3 run, bringing the score to 33-48 with 14:50 left in the 2nd half.
The Hurricane’s offensive surge would also translate to their defensive game, as Miami dominated on both ends of the floor in the 2nd half. A layup made by Miami Guard JaQuan Newton would seal the deal, as the game ended to the final score of 79-51 Miami.
Pat Forsythe started off well with eight points in the first half, but only finished with three more points in the 2nd half.
“He may have tired a little bit.” Coach Dambrot commented about Forsythe’s performance in the 2nd half. “He’s been a guy that plays 16-17 minutes a game, so this is the most that he has ever played.”
Akron would end up shooting only 33.3% from field goal range, and 38.9% from 3-point range.
Miami ended the night shooting 59.3% from the field, while shooting a key 47.1% from 3 point range, making 8-17 three point shots, with 4 of those coming in the 2nd half.
Akron’s next game will be on Sunday at 6:30 p.m, where they will have a chance to finish in third place in the Charleston Classic. The Zips will face the loser of Charlotte – South Carolina.
Sartaj Aujla and Jonah Spoerndle preview the Akron Zips Men’s Basketball team’s matchup against the Miami (FL) Hurricanes at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina.
I have been a Cleveland Browns fan for many years, and I know that the Cleveland fans deserve a winner more than anything. However, this constant complaining just to complain is getting ridiculous.The Browns stand at 6-4 after 10 games. That is SIX VICTORIES!!! A feat that has only been done FOUR times since the Browns rejoined the league in 1999.
Here is a breakdown of records that the hallowed brown and orange have had at the ten game mark since re-emerging. Once we were 1-9, three years of 2-8 and 3-7, FIVE times we have been 4-6, once at 5-5, and two other times we were 6-4.
The first year that we started the season with six victories was 2001 and this town elated and talking playoffs only to have the team fall flat on their faces by losing 5 of the last 6 games. The other season was 2007, and lo and behold, that team managed to gain 4 more triumphs, but missed out on the playoffs.
Here we are in 2014 and our Browns stand at 6-4, near the top of the rugged AFC North division, and what is all the hype about…
Johnny Football! Johnny Football!
Enough already! Mr. Manziel needs to stay where he is right now, as Johnny Bench. I get tired of hearing that the struggles of the Cleveland Browns this year is all because of Brian Hoyer, because it is not!I will admit that Hoyer is not having a stellar season, but the strains of our beloved Browns offense do not rest on his shoulders.
I want to throw some numbers at you from the “great” season of 2007 and compare them to this year. In 2007, Derek Anderson had a Pro-Bowl year. Let’s look at his numbers at the 10-game mark and compare them to Brian Hoyer’s 2014 numbers.
Derek Anderson Comp-Att 188-330 Yards 2505 TD 20 INT 10 Brian Hoyer Comp-Att 181-325 Yards 2542 TD 11 INT 5
Are you shocked that Hoyer has more yards than Anderson? The attempts and completions are almost identical. Anderson actually threw TWICE as many interceptions. I know that all of you Manziel fans are going to immediately point to the TD stat and complain that Hoyer doesn’t produce the touchdowns. Well part of that is Hoyer does not have the team around him that Anderson did. We don’t have Jamal Lewis on his way to 1300+ yards for the season, nor do we have the receivers of the caliber of Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow Jr that caught almost anything thrown their direction. Rookie Joe Thomas started all 16 games that year, along with Eric Steinbach, Hank Fraley, and Kevin Shaffer. Seth McKinney and Ryan Tucker split the time at right guard equally. So that offensive line was intact all year. How is this offensive line doing in that department?
Let’s stop complaining about what this team SHOULD be doing, or clamoring for a quarterback change and enjoy what they are doing right on the field.
Oh and as one last note to all of this, those of you who keep saying, “Johnny should be playing because we spent the 22nd pick on him.” In 2007, while Derek Anderson was putting up almost IDENTICAL numbers and producing the SAME amount of victories and Brian Hoyer, on the bench was one Brady Quinn who had been picked in the draft with guess what……the 22nd pick.
South Carolina overpowered Cornell tonight 69-45 to reach the next round of the Charleston Classic. Sindarius Thornwell had a great performance for the Gamecocks scoring 14 with 4 rebounds and one steal. Mindaugas Kacinas also had a great showing scoring 10 points with 11 rebounds.
Cornell was dominated in almost every facet of the game. They were outrebounded by South Carolina 43-31. They were also crushed in bench points 35-12. In total they recorded 17 turnovers while shooting 26% from the field.
One bright spot for Cornell was Jojo fallas who came off the bench to score 11 points.
Cornell and South Carolina traded baskets to start out the game before South Carolina broke out for a 13-0 run with 10:14 left in the half. Cornell kept the deficit within single digits until the end of the half when South Carolina went on a 7-0 run to close it out at 35-21.
Sindarius Thornwell had 10 points 2 rebounds and a steal to lead the Gamecocks. Devin Cherry was big for Cornell at the half with 8 points 4 rebounds an assist and 2 steals.
Turnovers were a problem for Cornell as they recorded 13 in the first half alone.
South Carolina came out firing again in the 2nd half going on a 20-6 run to bump their lead to 28 points with 10:32 to play. The gamecocks switched to autopilot from that point on and relied on their stingy defense to finish off a 24 point victory.
The Gamecocks will advance to the next round to face off against Charlotte at 7:00 pm tomorrow. Cornell will go to battle against Penn St at 9:00 pm.
Charlotte outlasted Penn St in the third game of the Charleston Classic 106-97 to move onto the next round of the tournament. Mike Thorne Jr. came up big for the 49ers scoring 23 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in the win.
D.J. Newbill was the leading scorer for Penn St. netting 35 points 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Brandon Taylor also came up big for the Nittany Lions putting in 19 points while grabbing 9 boards. Penn St will face the winner of the Cornell vs South Carolina matchup.
Charlotte got off to a fast start scoring the first 8 points of the game. Penn St was able to climb back and take a 16-11 lead with 12:33 left in the half. Charlotte responded, though, scoring 13 straight to take a 24-16 lead at the 7:14 mark.
Charlotte shot 57.7% from the field and 75% from 3-point range in the first half. Terrence Williams was the leading scorer for the 49ers with 10 points while also dishing out 4 assists.
D.J. Newbill had 16 points for Penn State at the half while adding 4 rebounds.
As the second half got going things started to slowly swing towards the Nittany Lions’ direction. They brought the game within 6 points at the 3:40 mark. Two free throws brought Penn St back within 2 with 1:37 left to play.
Penn State finally tied it at 83 with 3 seconds left to play when D.J. Newbill rebounded his own missed three-point attempt and John Johnson hit his own three. The following long-range attempt from the 49ers was no good.
Penn St had a chance to win the game as they controlled the last possession of the 1st OT, but could not get a shot to fall in time. Charlotte was able to get a couple of quick baskets in the 2nd OT and secure the victory.
Charlotte will move on to the next round of the tournament to face off against the winner of the Cornell vs South Carolina matchup tomorrow at 7:00 pm.
University of Akron Men’s Basketball Head Coach Keith Dambrot, Gaurd Noah Robotham, and Forward Kwan Cheatham Jr. talk to the media after their 66-46 victory over the University of Southern California Trojans in Game 1 of the Charleston Classic.
Miami continued their winning ways as they laid waste to the Drexel Dragons 66-46. Angel Rodriguez once again led Miami in the victory with 15 points and 4 assists while shooting 3-6 from the 3 point line. Tonye Jekiri also contributed a great game scoring 8 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
There was no letdown for the Hurricanes who just came off a 69-67 victory over no. 8 Florida. They are now 3-0 after a season opening win over Howard. They outrebounded the Dragons 37-32 while also dominating points in the paint 22-10.
Drexel seemed to be overpowered nearly all the second half. The Dragons drop to 0-3 on the season after this loss. Their best performance on the day came from Tavon Allen who scored 13 points.
The Hurricanes and Dragons kept it close nearly all first half trading baskets until 10:11 left in the half. Miami then went on a 14-2 run to close out the half and give them a 28-20 halftime lead.
Tonye Jekiri had 8 rebounds at halftime for the Hurricanes while Manu Lecomte had 7 points. Damion Lee had 8 first half points.
The Dragons could not keep up with Miami in the second half, however, as a 16-3 run put the game out of reach. Miami shot 58.3% from the 3-point line to help secure the win.
Miami will advance to play Akron in the semifinals at 2:30 pm tomorrow. Drexel will play USC next round at 12:00 pm.
Sartaj Aujla and Benjamin Genet recap the Akron Zips Men’s Basketball team’s win over the USC Trojans to the final score of 66-46 in Game 1 of the Charleston Classic.
Akron moved to 2-0 on the early season as they cruised past USC 66-46. Pat Forsythe came up big for the Zips scoring 15 points and grabbing 9 rebounds. Freshman Noah Robotham continued his early season success as he scored 14 points and Kwan Cheatham was huge scoring 15 points grabbing 7 rebounds and dishing out 2 assists.
Nikola Jovanovic lead the Trojans in scoring with 11 points while also grabbing 9 rebounds. The Trojans were turnover prone as they finished the game with 16. They were also limited by the stifling Akron defense shooting 28.3% from the field and only hitting 2 3-pointers.
The Zips came into this game after crushing on UMBC 74-57. However, the real story of this young season is the loss of starting forward Demetrius Treadwell. Treadwell was suspended earlier this week and will reportedly be out the rest of his senior season.
Defense was key early for the Zips as they managed to jump out to a 18-9 lead with 13:35 left to play in the half. From that point on Akron managed to increase the lead to 12 by the end of the half leading 36-24.
Freshman Noah Robotham was the leading scorer at the half for the Zips with 11. Even with Treadwell out, Akron was still able to outrebound the Trojans 20-14. Cheatham was also big for the Zips in the first half scoring 10 points and grabbing 3 rebounds.
Akron came out on an 11-6 run to start the 2nd half, but the run was answered by USC on a 10-0. But the Zips could not be silenced as they responded with 8 staight points from Freshman Antino Jackson and a 19-4 run to close out the game.
The Zips dominated nearly the entire game leading for 38:39 of the 40:00 minutes of play. The Zips will move onto the next round where they will face off against the winner of the Miami (FL) vs Drexel matchup.