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Zips win 20th at Miami, retain 1st place

By mrasor Published: February 17, 2010

Men's basketball
Akron reached the 20-win milestone and kept pace with Kent State in the MAC with a 61-56 win at Miami.
Brett and Chris McKnight combined for 25 points, making 10 of their 20 field goal attempts. The difference was that Akron took better care of the ball, compiling a 15:10 assist-to-turnover ratio, compared to Miami at 4:11.
"When the McKnights get 13 and 12, generally, we're gonna win," coach Keith Dambrot said.
The Zips let a nine-point lead slip away. Miami tied the game at 49 with 4:41 left. Akron slowly rebuilt a lead over the RedHawks, who were 6-0 at home during this season's MAC play.
Akron led by three with 49 seconds left when Humpty Hitchens stripped the ball from Kenny Hayes. Nik Cvetinovic recovered the loose ball. On the inbounds play, Hitchens sprung loose from the press for an uncontested layup, which all but clinched the game for Akron.
"I thought we showed terrific toughness when it mattered," said Dambrot, whose teams have won at least 20 games five straight seasons.
Hayes led Miami with 16 points. Kent State beat Ohio to also win its 10th MAC game. Miami falls into a tie with Buffalo for third in the division.


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