Akron wins 2013 MAC basketball tournament: Zips stifle Bobcats

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The Akron Zips dominated the Ohio Bobcats in the second half, clinching themselves a spot in the NCAA tournament.

The top-seeded Akron Zips have clinched an automatic invitation to the NCAA tournament, beating the No. 2 Ohio Bobcats, 65-46, in the MAC tournament championship game.

The Zips struggled on offense in the first half, trailing by as many as nine points, and were losing to the Bobcats, 29-26, at the break. Akron stepped up on both sides of the floor in the final 20 minutes, outscoring Ohio by 22. The Zips' defense was particularly impressive, as the Bobcats only shot 33 percent from the field and five percent from behind the arc for the game. Akron did a great job limiting possessions, as they only allowed four Ohio offensive rebounds.

Demetrius Treadwell and Chauncey Gilliam led the Bobcats with 13 points apiece, while Nick Harney added 11. Senior center Zeke Marshall finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Reggie Keely finished with 19 points for the Bobcats, while D.J Cooper struggled, finishing with three points after shooting 0-of-8 from the field.

This game was a rematch of last season's MAC tournament championship, with Ohio emerging as the winner in 2012. The Bobcats went on to make a run to the Sweet 16 as a No. 13 seed last year.

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