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Game snapshot: Akron Zips vs. Buffalo Bulls (Tournament edition)

By George Thomas Published: March 13, 2015

Akron Zips (21-13) vs. Buffalo Bulls (20-9)

Time: Approximately 9 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena

TV:  Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, ESPN3 via the WatchESPN app on supported devices such as Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, assorted smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.  Game may be subject to blackout.

Radio: Akron-IMG Sports Network – SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship) and for free at GoZips.com/TuneIn. Steve French (play-by-play) and Joe Dunn (analyst) will have the call beginning at 8:30 p.m.

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Points to ponder: Akron Zips v. Kent State tournament edition

By George Thomas Published: March 13, 2015

After looking as if they were going to sputter their way to a tournament ending loss, the University of Akron men’s basketball team found a second gear to against rival Kent State (21-11) Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena to take the victory 53-51.

Trailing for most of the way – including by 13 – at one point, the Zips (20-13) found a second gear and claimed a win to continue to the Mid-American Conference semi-final on Friday.

Of course a last second shot, which couldn’t beat the buzzer, decided the game’s outcome.  With 7.9 second Kent State, with no timeouts, got the ball to the Zips side of the court and after receiving a pass, Kent State’s Devareaux Manley, barely missed beating the buzzer for the win.

Center Pat Forsythe led the Zips with 12 points and three rebounds while point guard Antino Jackson tossed in 11 points. Center Isaiah Johnson tossed in 10.

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Transcript: UA coach Keith Dambrot says beating KSU 'was like trip to dentist'

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 13, 2015

Here's what Akron coach Keith Dambrot said after Thursday night's 53-51 victory over Kent State in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Quicken Loans Arena.

Q: Opening statement

A: It was like a trip to the dentist today. It's frustrating because both teams struggled to score. You're in there and the Novocaine is wearing off and you're just trying to get through the visit. We've been in a lot of those games and I'm proud of how our guys handled it at the end. We made some big shots that we hadn't made most of the year. Probably the thing that I liked the most was that Antino Jackson was 0 for 6 in the first half and had his struggles, but he just drove our car. He never quit and he had the heart of a lion and I think that's why we won the game.

Q. In the first half Kent State had more energy, second half you came out with more. Did you say something?

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MAC Tourney snapshot: Akron Zips vs. Kent State Golden Flashes

By George Thomas Published: March 12, 2015

No. 7 Akron Zips (20-13) vs. Kent State Golden Flashes (21-10)

Time: Approximately 9 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena

TV:  Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, ESPN3 via the WatchESPN app on supported devices such as Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, assorted smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.  Games may be subject to blackout.

Radio: Akron-IMG Sports Network – SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship) and for free at GoZips.com/TuneIn. Steve French (play-by-play) and Joe Dunn (analyst) will have the call beginning at 8:30 p.m.

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Zips basketball: Sina King earns POY honors

By George Thomas Published: March 10, 2015

Voters selected University of Akron women’s basketball player Sina King as the 2014-15 for the Mid-American Conference Tuesday.

King had a tremendous season by any normal metric.

After starting all 29 games for the Zips, she led the conference in scoring with 20.3 points per game, adding 9.3 rebounds per game, second in the conference.  She tallied 15 double-doubles (a league high) on the season and scored in double figures in each game while helping to lead UA to a school-record 22 victories during the regular season.

For all of this she also earned first-team All-MAC honors. However, while the numbers impress, what King endured to accomplish these feats likely impresses more.

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Zips basketball: MAC honors two from men's team

By George Thomas Published: March 9, 2015

From the University of Akron Department of Athletics:  

CLEVELAND:  With the Mid-American Conference Tournament starting tonight, the league office opened the week by announcing the All-MAC and All-Freshman teams, with junior center Pat Forsythe named Third-Team All-MAC and freshman guard Noah Robotham earning All-Freshman Team honors on Monday.

The All-MAC honor is the first for Forsythe and the 23rd All-MAC honoree under head coach Keith Dambrot. Robotham is the seventh Akron freshman to earn All-Freshman Team honors in the last 11 years.

Forsythe started all 29 games he has appeared in this season, leading the Zips in scoring (10.7 ppg), rebounding (5.3 rpg) and blocked shots (1.4 bpg). He has one double-double on the season and has posted 19 double-digit scoring performances, including a career-high 20 points vs. Bowling Green on Jan. 31. He missed the Kent State game on March 6 after being injured at Miami (Ohio) on March 3 (turf toe).

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Zips basketball: Players honored with post-season awards

By George Thomas Published: March 9, 2015

From the University of Akron Department of Athletics:

CLEVELAND: Led by senior Sina King (Waterford, Ohio), who was tabbed as first-team All-Mid-American Conference women's basketball selection, four Akron student-athletes garnered all-conference accolades the league announced on Monday, March 9.

Junior Anita Brown (Warren, Ohio) and sophomore Hannah Plybon (Orrville, Ohio) were tabbed second- and third-team selections, respectively. Freshman Kerri McMahan (Novi, Mich.) was recognized as an all-freshman team recipient.

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Game snapshot: Akron Zips at Miami RedHawks

By George Thomas Published: March 3, 2015

Akron Zips (18-11, 9-7 in Mid-American Conference) vs. Miami RedHawks (12-17, 7-9)

Time: 7 p.m., Millett Arena

TV:  None.  Internet video feed available at gozips.com (possible fee) 

Radio: Akron-IMG Sports Network – SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship) and for free at GoZips.com/TuneIn. Steve French (play-by-play) and Joe Dunn (analyst) will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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Zips basketball snapshot: Akron Zips at Buffalo Bulls

By George Thomas Published: February 24, 2015

Akron Zips (17-10, 8-6 in Mid-American Conference) at Buffalo Bulls (17-9, 8-6 MAC)

Time: 7 p.m., Alumni Arena

TV:  ESPN3 also available via the WatchESPN app on supported devices such as Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One, assorted smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. 

Radio: Akron-IMG Sports Network – SportsRadio 1350 AM (WARF) in Akron (flagship) and for free at GoZips.com/TuneIn. Steve French (play-by-play) and Joe Dunn (analyst) will have the call beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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