Saturday , Mar , 10 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Take it to the bank: RedHawks take MAC in incredible finish

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Doug Penno banked in the game-winning three-
pointer with under a second left, leading the fourth-seeded Miami-Ohio
RedHawks past the second-seeded Akron Zips, 53-52, for the Mid-
American Conference Tournament title at Quicken Loans Arena.

The RedHawks (18-14) earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. This
was Miami’s 11th appearance in the MAC Tournament championship game and its
first since 2001.

Tim Pollitz scored 19 points for Miami, while Michael Bramos and Penno both
netted 11 points for the RedHawks, who opened tournament play with a 70-51
victory over fifth-seeded Ohio University before pulling the upset of top-
seeded Toledo, 58-53, in the semifinals on Friday.

Jeremiah Wood scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Zips (26-7),
who won the MAC East Division title this year. Romeo Travis scored 14 points
and had 11 boards for Akron.

Travis put Akron ahead 52-50 on a pair of free throws with 30.8 seconds
left. Pollitz then backed his way down to the left post and missed on a
floater attempt.

Cedrick Middleton missed on a crucial free throw with 5.6 seconds left,
though, allowing Miami a final chance. Bramos moved the ball swiftly downcourt
and Penno banked in the thrilling game-winner from the right wing just before
the buzzer.

Miami players, coaches and fans all piled onto the court to seemingly
celebrate the incredible finish, but after a lengthy review, officials
determined 0.6 seconds remained on the clock. Akron had to go the length of
the court, but threw the ball out of bounds, as Miami started dancing again.

After a back-and-forth contest through the bulk of the first half, Akron
closed the stanza on a 10-2 run finished by a Wood free throw with 1:02
remaining for a 28-21 halftime lead.

The RedHawks hung around through the early stages of the second half. Still
trailing by seven, 47-40, with 6:28 to go, Miami rallied on a 10-3 run down
the stretch as Pollitz’s layup with 1:22 left tied the score at 50.

Game Notes

UA dominated the glass, outrebounding MU 35-23…Miami leads the all-time
series against Akron, 22-14, with the teams splitting a pair of meetings
during the regular season.