Great fan support as magical season for men’s basketball team comes to close in Mid-American Conference championship game

March 15th, 2018 Posted in Events, The Rockets

The University of Toledo men’s basketball team came up just short in their bid to secure a spot in the NCAA basketball tournament this season.  Playing without Mid-American Conference Player of the Year Tre’Shaun Fletcher, the Rockets fell to Buffalo, 76-66, in the championship game of the Mid-American Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on March 10.  Toledo finishes the season with a record of 23-11.

The Rockets advanced to the championship match with victories over Miami and Eastern Michigan, the latter a semifinal match on March 9 that cost Toledo the services of Fletcher, who went down with a knee injury in the first minute of the contest. Despite missing the graduate student, UT rallied behind freshman Marreon Jackson, who nailed a three-point field goal with nine seconds left to lift Toledo to a dramatic 64-63 victory over Eastern Michigan in the semifinals. Jackson’s clutch three-pointer was his eighth triple of the evening, a career-high and Toledo tournament record, helping him rack up a career-best 26 points on the evening.

Thousands of fans traveled to Cleveland from throughout the Midwest to support the Rockets, many of whom attended the Alumni Association’s daily pregame parties at Harry Buffalo across the street from the Q.

MAC Tournament in pictures:

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