March 19, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Nick Dials scored 13 points in overtime, including three consecutive 3-point baskets to lead Akron to a 65-60 victory Tuesday over Florida State in a first round NIT game, giving the Zips their first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference team.
Akron (24-10) was able to win despite being decisively outrebounded and making only 10 of 19 free throws. It was just the school’s second post season win in basketball.
The game was tied 51-all after regulation. Akron was unable to protect a 51-47 lead in the final 1:30 missing a dunk shot, three free throws to go along with a costly turnover.
But Dials took over in the overtime. His first two baskets from long range put the Zips ahead both times and he hit four straight free throws at the end to preserve the victory.
Dials led the winners with 21 points while Uche Echefu turned in his sixth double double of the season for Florida State with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Seminoles had a 43-29 rebound advantage, but were hampered by 23 turnovers – 10 by Jason Rich.
Akron led 27-26 at the half, reclaiming the lead after Jordan Demercy’s 3-point shot gave Florida State its first lead of the game at 26-25.
Florida State missed 10 of its first 11 shots and had six turnovers early, falling behind 20-5 midway through the first half.
Akron will travel to Massachusetts (22-10) for a noon game Saturday. The Minutemen defeated Stephen F. Austin, 80-60, Tuesday.
Florida State (19-15) was in the NIT for a third straight year after missing out on an NCAA tournament bid for the 10th straight year. The Seminoles had never lost a first round game in NIT play previously, taking a 6-0 record into Tuesday’s game…
Only 2,830 fans attended the game.