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Buffalo beats Akron in overtime to advance to MAC final

The 2-seeded Bulls will play No. 5 seed Ohio on Saturday for the championship.
Credit: University at Buffalo

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Jeenathan Williams scored 26 points and hit a crucial 3-pointer midway through in overtime, leading Buffalo to an 81-74 win over Akron in the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament on Friday night.

The second-seeded Bulls scored the first seven points in OT, with Williams’ 3 making it 75-68 with 2 minutes, 35 seconds left. Buffalo missed five free throws in the final 1:29, but Akron couldn’t capitalize. 

Buffalo will make its fifth title game appearance in the past six tournaments when it meets Ohio on Saturday for the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid. 

The Bobcats stunned top-seeded Toledo in the other semifinal. Loren Cristian Jackson scored 27 to lead Akron.