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Akron clinches NCAA match berth after Kent State participant purposely fouls along with his crew main by some extent

Kent State’s Julius Rollins made a mistake at the worst possible time in Saturday night’s MAC tournament championship game. Rollins fouled Akron’s Greg Tribble with six seconds left and his team leading 61-60. Rollins’ foul came after Cli’Ron Hornbeak hit a go-ahead jumper in the lane to give the Golden Flashes the lead. It’s clear

Akron clinches NCAA match berth after Kent State participant purposely fouls along with his crew main by some extent

Nick Bromberg

Kent State’s Julius Rollins made a mistake on the worst doable time in Saturday evening’s MAC match championship recreation.

Rollins fouled Akron’s Greg Tribble with six seconds left and his crew main 61-60. Rollins’ foul got here after Cli’Ron Hornbeak hit a go-ahead jumper within the lane to present the Golden Flashes the lead.

It’s clear that Rollins thought his crew was nonetheless trailing after Hornbreak’s jumper. As the remainder of his teammates bought again on protection, he sprinted as much as commit a foul considering his crew wanted one other possession.

It didn’t. And Tribble made each free throws to present Akron a 62-61 lead that held up when Jalen Sullinger missed a game-winning try earlier than the buzzer.

We’ve all made psychological errors in some unspecified time in the future in our lives, and it’s extraordinarily unlucky that Rollins’ mistake got here when his crew was so shut to creating the NCAA match. Kent State went 8-10 within the MAC in 2023-24 and knocked off Toledo and Bowling Inexperienced to have a shot to make the NCAA match for the second straight season.

As a substitute, Akron earned the convention’s solely postseason berth and is heading to its second NCAA match up to now three seasons.

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