Rockets Stun EMU, 64-63, in MAC Semifinals

By Published: 3/10/2018 9:05:31 AM Custom Tag

Courtesy: Toledo Athletics

Cleveland, Ohio – Freshman Marreon Jackson nailed a three-point field goal with nine seconds left to give No. 2 seed Toledo a dramatic 64-63 victory over No. 3 seed Eastern Michigan in semifinal Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament action at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Friday.

Jackson's clutch three-pointer was his eighth triple of the evening, a career-high, helping him rack up a career-best 26 points on the evening. EMU had a chance to win the game but Kevin McAdoo's driving shot did not find the mark. The ball went out of bounds after the miss with 0.8 seconds on the clock. Following a video review, the officials ruled that the clock should have run out, thus ending the game at that point.

Toledo (23-10) will play No. 1 seed Buffalo (25-8) in the MAC Championship Game tomorrow at 7:00 p.m.

Jackson's huge game was especially vital as Toledo was forced to play without senior guard and MAC Player of the Year Tre'Shaun Fletcher, who came out with a knee injury after making a layup on the Rockets' first possession of the game. His status for tomorrow's game is unknown.

Another Jackson, sophomore forward Willie Jackson, added a career-high 18 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Rockets.

Eastern Michigan (21-12) was led by junior guard Paul Jackson's 26 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Half
The game got off to an ominous start when senior guard Tre'Shaun Fletcher went down with a knee injury following a layup on Toledo's first possession.
Following Fletcher's injury, Toledo went on a 10-0 run to take a 12-4 lead in the early going.
Toledo increased its lead to 25-18 at the 4:30 mark after Marreon Jackson nailed his third three-pointer of the half, forcing an EMU timeout.
The Rockets increased their lead to 31-21 before EMU closed out the half by scoring the last seven points, capped by a three ball from Elijah Minnie to trim the UT lead to 31-28 at the break.
Toledo made 7-of-12 shots from behind the arc, led by Marreon Jackson who nailed 4-of-5 from deep.

Second Half
A Willie Jackson tip-in put Toledo up, 37-30, but EMU countered with an 8-0 to take a 38-37 lead at the first media timeout (14:59).
The Rockets stormed back with Willie Jackson making a layup with 9:54 to play that gave UT a 49-46 lead. EMU answered with an 8-0 run to take a 54-49 lead after Kevin McAdoo nailed a three-pointer with 7:21 left.
Toledo rallied, tying the game at 61-61 on Marreon Jackson's seventh three-pointer of the night with 45 seconds left.
Following a layup by EMU's Paul Jackson with 21 seconds left, Jackson hit his eighth and final triple of the night with nine seconds left to give UT a 64-63 lead.
EMU's Kevin McAdoo took the inbounds pass and drove to the hoop but his shot was no good. The ball went out of bounds with 0.8 seconds left, but a video review showed that time had expired, giving UT the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Toledo shot 12-of-22 (54.5%) from three-point range, led by Marreon Jackson's 8-of-11.
Freshman guard Marreon Jackson scored a career-high 26 points, 11 more than his previous best of 15. His eight three-pointers was three more than his previous best. He played all but two minutes of the game.
Sophomore forward Willie Jackson tossed in a career-best 18 points to go with 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. He played a career-high 36 minutes en route to his third double-double.
Toledo held EMU to just 38.8% from the field (26-of-67)
Toledo defeated Eastern Michigan after losing to the Eagles twice this season, most recently a 71-69 loss at home on March 2.
The Rockets are now 4-0 vs. the Eagles in Quicken Loans Arena.
Published: 3/10/2018 9:05:31 AM Custom Tag