Anthony Ampaipitakwong put an exclamation point on his freshman season by sending his team to the NCAA Tournament.
Akron won the MAC Championship over Buffalo 1-0 thanks to his goal in the 101st minute. The Zips outshot the Bulls 18-4 and landed four players on the all-tournament team.
We will find out tomorrow where the Zips fit in the tournament bracket. They should be hoping for a first-round bye.
Akron missed 8 of last 9 foul shots in a valiant attempt to blow a second-straight game in Alaska.
A Nick Dials running floater with 3.9 seconds remaining foiled the cunning plan as the Zips beat Tennessee State 74-72.
"I had a big 7-footer running out at me, so I had no choice but to drive," Dials said.
Jeremiah Wood led the Zips again with 17 points and eight rebounds. The assist-to-turnover ratio was more palatable, as well, at 17-13. Akron will leave Alaska with third place in the BP Top of the World Classic.
"We're definitely going to have to do some things differently," Keith Dambrot said. "Anyone who thinks our team right now is as good as last year's team is mistaken.
"I think we're going to get better, but people will have to be patient."
The Zips will have a week to heal before a string of home games begins Saturday versus Binghamton.
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