Akron Upset at Home; Fall to CMU, 75-73

Updated 3/2/2000
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    AKRON, Ohio (AP) (Mar. 1) -- David Webber hit 24 points, including making 9-of-11 free throws, as Central Michigan held off Akron in a 75-73 victory on March 1 in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament.

    Central Michigan (6-22, 2-16 MAC), which came into the tournament after losing their last eight games, plays Marshall in the quarterfinals Sunday in Gund Arena in Cleveland. This was the team's first MAC tournament win in 10 years.

    The loss marked the third consecutive year that Akron (17-11, 11-7) has lost in the tournament at home.

    Up 75-73, Central Michigan's Jon Borovich prevented Akron from tying the game with two seconds left by blocking the ball before it left Jami Bosley's hand.

    Akron was trailing 68-61 with 1:40 to go when the Zips went on a 9-4 run to pull within two points with 22 seconds left. Central Michigan's Tim Kisner made two free throws to make it 74-70 but Akron's Nate Schindewolf cut that lead to one by hiting a 3-pointer. Kisner then made 1-of-2 free throws to put Central Michigan up for good.

    Webber scored 15 of his points in the second half. The two teams were tied 34-34 at the half.

    Chad Pleiness added 15 points and led with eight rebounds for Central Michigan while Borovich had 12 points and six assists.

    Akron was led by Andy Hipsher who had a career-high 27 points, including making 11-of-12 free throws. Bosley and Schinewolf had 11 points each.