CLEVELAND (AP) — David Brown banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 30 seconds left in overtime as Western Michigan rallied from an 18-point deficit in the second half to stun Akron in the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Friday.
The Broncos (22-9), who trailed 47-32 with 10 minutes left, advanced to the championship for the first time since 2004.
Akron appeared to have an eighth straight trip to the final locked up in regulation. But the Broncos stormed back with an 18-0 run, taking their first lead on Brown’s steal and lay-in with 2:46 left.
Then, in overtime, Brown, who had struggled from the floor all game, made his lucky 3 as the 35-second shot clock was expiring.
Shayne Whittington scored 18 and Connar Tava added 16 for WMU.
Demetrius Treadwell led the Zips (21-12) 15 points. Akron made just 6 of 16 free throws.