Tonight's game nearly made coach Keith Dambrot a diabetic.
As his Zips squandered a 21-point lead, Dambrot sucked down his soda supply, chugging like a frat boy on his 21st birthday.
"I may have broken my record for most Diet Pepsis today," Dambrot told commentator Steve French after the game.
Playing its third game in five nights, Akron seemed helpless against a streaking Chippewa team and the intense student section as the game entered overtime.
Somehow, Akron got the clutch rebounds and made most of its foul shots to win the game, 76-69.
French put it best: "They showed some sack to win this game."
Can he say that?
The Zips (12-3, 5-0) resorted to shooting 3-pointers much of the game. For 30 minutes, it worked, and the Zips built a 21-point lead. When Akron's deep shots stopped falling, Central Michigan (2-12, 0-6) creeped back to tie the game with less than a minute left in the second half. The Zips only made one field goal in the last 11 minutes of regulation.
Coach Keith Dambrot got solid games from Romeo Travis (22 points, nine rebounds), Dru Joyce (11 points), Nick Dials (16 points), Nate Linhart (seven points, eight rebounds) and John Rybak (eight points). Sefton Barrett (15 points, nine rebounds), Eddie Spencer (14 points, eight rebounds) and Aaron Ritchie (16 points, six rebounds) starred for Central Michigan.
In other MAC action, Miami (6-0) beat Toledo (1-5) tonight, 58-49. Buffalo (3-2) beat Ball State (0-5), 75-64. Bowling Green (3-2) beat Eastern Michigan (0-5), 79-72.
The Zips lost at home to Buffalo, 68-63. Jessie Crooks (13 points) and Niki McCoy (25 points, 12 rebounds) had strong games. They nearly came back from a 15-point second-half deficit, but 3-point shooting killed them in the end. Buffalo shot 47 percent from 3-point land. Akron shot only 27 percent. It was a solid game statistically for Akron.
McCoy is good. And she's going to get a lot better. For the first time since I arrived at Akron, I have hope for this team. Once again, I pose this question: Is it enough to save coach Kelly Kennedy's job?
The athletic department offers Zips-related wallpaper for your computer background. I have the Dambrot one on my PC and the Fear the Roo one on my laptop. Thanks to Dan Kadar for pointing that out.
By the way, the Buchtelite is about to start publishing again. The sports staff is quite talented. Many sports writers have experience at professional newspapers, such as Adam Ferrise, Andrew Adam, Mike Hixenbaugh and myself. I won't give details, but there are some really interesting Zips stories on the way.
OK. I will give some details. Hixenbaugh just interviewed Bubba Walther. I won't spoil his story, but I'll say that Walther didn't have the best things to say about Dambrot. Yikes. Bubba just earned himself a chorus of boos everytime he enters Northeast Ohio.
**Don't worry, VP. We don't care about Brady Quinn or A.J. Hawk.**
Song of the moment
Here's a new feature for the blog. I'm going to give you a song that I'm listening to after each post. If you enjoy it, fine. If not, just skip over this portion. And I know what you're thinking. Paul Rodgers will not be part of it for at least a week.
Journey - Feeling That Way