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Zips advance!

By mrasor Published: March 14, 2006

Men's basketball

Akron won its first-ever Division I postseason game tonight at Temple, 80-73.

Quade Milum was the story of the night. He scored a career-high 13 points. It also sounded like he was in on every defensive play.

Darryl Peterson had 17. Nick Dials had 17. Romeo Travis had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The game's biggest hoop was Dru Joyce's driving layup with 10 seconds left. When given the opportunity to tie the game at Ohio, he missed it. Not tonight.

Joyce's layup took the game went to overtime, where the Zips grabbed an early lead and kept it.

Akron's win finished John Chaney's storied career as Temple's head coach.

Hopefully, it will not be the end of Mardy Collins' career. After a supposed neck injury, Collins was taken out on a backboard. has Collins as the 11th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Officials stopped the game for 20 minutes following the injury, which occurred with fewer than 30 seconds left in overtime. Travis and Dials sunk free throws to seal it.

The Zips will play next Thursday in Omaha, Neb., against Creighton, the No. 2 seed in Akron's bracket. The game will start at 8 p.m. Eastern time. At this point, no television or Gametracker will be available.

The ZipsNation Index (ZNI) stands at 72 as of 9:30 p.m.

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