Akron and Miami played the game that most people would expect for the first 40 minutes. There was plenty of defense and minimal scoring.
Then Miami started overtime with a 8-0 run, which was enough separation to give the RedHawks a win in the MAC opener, 64-51.
The Zips had two opportunities to win in regulation. As the clock dwindled with a tie game, Humpty Hitchens missed an off-balance short jumper and the ball squirted out of bounds, giving Akron only 1.2 seconds with which to score. Brett McKnight air-balled a 3 and the game went to overtime.
On a positive note, Nate Linhart held Michael Bramos to 10 points, seven fewer than Bramos' season average. Carl Richburg, however, scored 12 points, including Miami's final five points in regulation.
The Zips play next against Buffalo Tuesday at Rhodes Arena. The Bulls have shown signs of improvement since last year. I will preview the game in the next couple days.