CLEVELAND (AP) -
scored 15 of his season-high 17 points on 3-pointers, leading Akron into the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament
with a 73-63 win over Miami (Ohio) on Thursday night.
The Zips (21-12), who have lost in the title game the past two seasons, will play Bowling Green in Friday's second semifinal.
In the first semifinal, Ball State (14-16) will face Buffalo (20-10).
The winners will meet in Saturday night's title game for the MAC's automatic NCAA tournament bid.
Akron, the No. 5 seed, did its damage from outside in the second half. The Zips made six of their first eight 3-pointers to
build a 13-point lead. McNees and
hit back-to-back 3s as Akron opened a 63:50 lead with 5:33 left.
The Redhawks (17-13) got it down to seven but couldn't come up with the big shot when they needed one.
, the conference's player of the year, led Miami with 24 points.
Akron, which scored 93 points to beat Toledo in overtime in the opening round, started just 4-of-19 from the floor and fell
behind by 12 in the first half. The Zips were teetering on serious trouble, but behind eight points from McNees, they closed
with a 16-5 burst to pull within 32-31 at the break.