CLEVELAND — MACtion is in full force as the 2022 Men's Basketball Tournament takes place at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and in the first round, the University of Akron came out on top, beating Buffalo 70-68 in the quarterfinals round.
No. 4 seed Akron beat No. 5 Buffalo at the line with four seconds left in the game. Down one point, Zips sophomore guard Greg Tribble drew a foul. After hitting both of his free throws, Akron retook the lead and held on to it after a missed last-second shot by Buffalo.
Leading the Zips Thursday was sophomore Ali Ali who put up 19 points with three steals and an assist.
Junior Xavier Castaneda notched 15 points and four assists while sophomore Mikal Dawson put up 14 points and sophomore Enrique Freeman scored 10.
With their win over Buffalo, the Zips advance to the semifinals. They'll take on No. 1 Toledo Rockets Friday at 5 p.m.
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