Final OT

Akron 60

(19-10, 11-7 MAC)

W Michigan 66

(19-11, 11-7 MAC)

    2:15 PM ET, March 10, 2005

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

    1 2 OT T
    AKR 37 21 260
    WMU 31 27 866

    Top Performers

    Akron: B. Walther 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Western Michigan: B. Reed 24 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast

    Broncos score all OT points on free throws

    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ben Reed scored 24 points and Western Michigan scored all eight points on free throws in overtime, sending the defending champion into the Mid-American Conference tournament semifinals with a 66-60 win over Akron on Thursday.

    The third-seeded Broncos (19-11) limited the Zips (19-10) to two points from the line in overtime. Akron was also hurt by two costly turnovers in the final 1:49 and got off just three shots in the extra session.

    Levi Rost added 20 points and Joe Reitz had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Western Michigan, which will play Buffalo (21-8) in Friday's semifinals.

    Bubba Walther and Romeo Travis led Akron with 12 points apiece. The Zips had a chance to win it in regulation, but Dru Joyce missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

    Akron is 0-5 in MAC tournament quarterfinals.

    Seventh-seeded Buffalo advanced with an 85-72 win over Toledo. In the evening quarterfinal session, top-seeded Miami of Ohio plays No. 8 Bowling Green and No. 5 Kent State meets No. 4 Ohio.

    Reed added a career-high 13 rebounds as Western Michigan outrebounded Akron 55-34. The Broncos pulled down 24 offensive rebounds, including several key ones that allowed them to keep possession in OT.

    Cavaliers star LeBron James watched from a luxury box, cheering on Travis and Joyce, his Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School teammates. James left disappointed, putting on his coat and heading toward the door before the game was over.

    Akron made eight 3-pointers in the first half and 12 overall, but the Zips couldn't hit the big one when they needed it down the stretch.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 66
    FG Made-Attempted 22-61 (.361) 20-65 (.308)
    3P Made-Attempted 12-28 (.429) 7-21 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-8 (.500) 19-24 (.792)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 8

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