Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Nick Dials scored 13 of his 21 points in overtime, including three consecutive 3-pointers, to lead Akron to a 65-60 victory over Florida State in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.

The Zips (24-10) got first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference team despite being decisively outrebounded and making only 10 of 19 free throws. It was Akron's second postseason victory in school history.

Uche Echefu had 20 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double double of the season for Florida State (19-15), which was in the NIT for the third straight year.

Akron's Nick Dials fights against Florida State's Ralph Mims defense in the second half . (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

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