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Zips retain composure, win a big one

By mrasor Published: December 2, 2006

Men's basketball

Every good team is capable of blowing a big lead.

Not every one can keep its composure enough to win the game.

The Zips beat Oral Roberts 61-59 tonight after it appeared Oral Roberts would ride late momentum to a come-from-behind victory. The Zips probably will look back at this win as a big RPI boost in March.

Akron led by 14 early in the second half. Feeding the ball to stud big man Caleb Green, Oral Roberts took a four-point lead.

Down one, Dru Joyce nailed a crucial 3-pointer with less than a minute to go. Oral Roberts' Adam Liberty stepped out of bounds. Nate Linhart then hit another 3 to take a five-point lead with 25 seconds left.

Akron fended off another late scare to put away the Golden Eagles. I'll have more on the game tomorrow morning.

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