The Akron Zips' season didn't finish the way they had envisioned it. As the No. 1 seed in the Mid-American Conference tournament and taking on Ohio in the conference title game, I'm sure they expected to be dancing this upcoming weekend. Instead, they are already out of the NIT, falling to the Northwestern Wildcats in the opening round on Tuesday night, 76-74.
Akron was led by Quincy Diggs' 18 points off the bench.
The Zips trailed by eight at the half, but battled back to take the lead about seven minutes into the second. It was back-and-forth the rest of the way, but a Shurna three with 1:24 proved to be the game-winner after Akron missed their final four shots, including Alex Abreu's three-point attempt at the buzzer for the win.
Northwestern will now play the winner of the Washington/Texas-Arlington game.