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MAC Men’s Basketball Recap: Miami RedHawks vs. Akron Zips

Miami comes back from a 14 point deficit at halftime to force overtime and defeat Akron, 64-62 in Akron, Ohio.

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Logan McLane led the comeback charge for Miami, as he scored 23 points and grabbed three rebounds to help the RedHawks defeat the Akron Zips in overtime, 64-62 in Akron, Ohio. Miami moves to 15-14 (8-8 MAC) with the victory, and Akron falls to 12-16 (5-11 MAC) with the loss.

To go along with McLane, Isaiah Coleman-Lands added 11 points and dished out three assists for the RedHawks. Jalen Adaway added seven points and five rebounds, and Darrian Ringo scored six points. Ringo also grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists. Nike Sibande added three points, but grabbed nine rebounds for Miami.

Miami was able to make 22 of their 64 (34%) attempts from the field on the afternoon. The RedHawks made just five of their 26 (19%) shots from long range, but were able to cash in from the free throw line. Miami made 15 of their 19 (79%) shot attempts from the charity stripe.

Daniel Utomi led all scorers, as he scored 24 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Akron Zips. Eric Parrish added 15 points and nabbed four rebounds of his own on the afternoon. Jimond Ivey earned a double-double, as he scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Zips.

Akron knocked down 21 of their 57 (37%) attempts from the field. The Zips made just six of their 28 (21%) attempts from long range, but were able to cash in from the free throw line just like the RedHawks. Akron made 14 of their 17 (82%) shots at the charity stripe.

Akron jumped out to a 20-9 lead after a Utomi layup with 9:03 left in the first half. The Zips continued to increase their lead, as they finished the first half with a 31-17 lead. A complete turnaround for Miami, as they started to knock down the shots they just weren't falling in the first half.

A McLane dunk brought the score to 44-43 (Akron) with just 4:32 remaining in regulation. The Zips would stretch the lead back out to five, but after another dunk later in the game from McLane made the score 49-50 (Akron) with just :16 seconds remaining in regulation. Utomi would get to the free throw line, and make only one of his two attempts to give the Zips a two point lead. Ringo would drive and make a layup to tie the game with no time on the clock to force overtime.

In overtime, Akron would get the lead out to six, but would lose that lead as well, as a three-pointer from Coleman-Lands would tie the game up again with 2:28 remaining in overtime. Miami would grab the lead with a Ringo layup and hold onto it for the remainder of the game. The RedHawks were able to make their free throws to clinch the win.

Miami will look to build off this win, as they travel to Kent, Ohio to take on the Kent State Golden Flashes on Tuesday, February 27th. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN3.

Akron will try to get something going before the tournament, as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bulls on Tuesday, February 27th. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and will be aired on ESPN3.