The Zips (15-4, 8-1) squandered a 19-point second-half lead, yet still won in overtime, 77-72, against Bowling Green (8-11, 4-5) this afternoon.
Rob Preston blocked two shots at the end of regulation to push the game to overtime. Nick Dials made an important 3 pointer that also helped keep the Zips alive.
In overtime, Preston picked up a key offensive rebound and made a shot to extend Akron's overtime lead to five.
"Most teams would deflate," coach Keith Dambrot said. "Our guys - I don't know what they have in them."
Bowling Green got back into the game with a string of 3 pointers by Martin Samarco, who scored 26. Twenty-one of those points were in the second half. Fellow swingman Steven Wright had 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
"I think they're a good team," Dambrot said of BG. "They have some inside problems, but they have some good perimeter guys."
The Zips turned the ball over 12 times in the first half, but shot the ball well to accumulate a first-half lead of 20.
Some player notes...
Some MAC notes...
The Zips swept the Kangaroo Invitational this weekend. John Russell continued his march to a national championship with another NCAA-qualifying jump of 18' 0.5".
Akron's men (135 points) beat Youngstown State (73) and Michigan State (68).
The women (134) beat St. John's (92.5) and Youngstown State (50.5).
The Zips won 18 events in all.