Dials scores 13 of his 21 points in overtime to lead Akron in 65-60 win over Florida State
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)—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 was unable to protect a 51-47 lead in the final 1:30 of regulation, missing a dunk shot and three free throws to go along with a costly turnover.
However, Dials took over in the overtime. His first two baskets from long range put the Zips ahead both times and he hit four straight free throws at the end to preserve the victory.
The Seminoles had a 43-29 rebound advantage, but were hampered by 23 turnovers—10 by Jason Rich.
Akron led 27-26 at the half, reclaiming the lead after Jordan DeMercy’s 3-point shot gave Florida State its first lead of the game at 26-25.
Florida State missed 10 of its first 11 shots and had six turnovers early, falling behind 20-5 midway through the first half.
Akron will travel to Massachusetts for a second-round game Saturday. The Minutemen defeated Stephen F. Austin earlier Tuesday.
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