Akron head coach Keith Dambrot sat down hard on the chair after Tuesday's practice, crossed his arms and said, "45 minutes. That's all we could do."

While short practices are typical at this point in the season, Dambrot was speaking directly to his Zips (17-10, 9-5) being short-handed once again for their game tonight at Miami. Akron is still clinging to to at least a share of the fourth and final bye for the upcoming Mid-American Conference Tournament. And with four games to play the Zips remain viable to win or share a third straight MAC regular season title.

"If we can just get one of our guys back, that would help a lot,'' he said.

The most likely would be 6-7 sophomore Jake Kretzer, who will miss his second straight game with a concussion after taking an elbow to the chin last week at Buffalo. "Probably Saturday,'' Dambrot said.

As for 6-5 sophomore Reggie McAdams (mononucleosis), and 6-8 senior Nick Harney (suspended), their returns seems less certain. Harney has missed four games for "conduct detrimental to the team." Dambrot only shrugged his shoulders after being asked, "when."

Harney was not at Tuesday's practice. McAdams sat in the stands and Kretzer emerged only briefly after practice ended, then returned to the locker room. But late Tuesday night Harney said on his Twitter accout, "I'm back." If that means tonight or Saturday, time will tell.

Akron defeated Miami (10-15, 6-8) earlier this season, 59-52, but that was with Harney, McAdams and Kretzer delivering a combined 26 points. The RedHawks snapped a five-game losing streak Sunday with a home victory over Bowling Green, and are now in the hunt to host a first round MAC Tournament game, if it can win one or two more games down the stretch.

One of the teams Miami is competing with for a home tournament game is Kent State (15-12, 6-8). The Golden Flashes had a three-game winning streak working until suffering a home loss to Buffalo. Tonight KSU must travel to play at Bowling Green (11-16, 5-9), which can get back into the home court discussion with a victory over the Flashes.

Kent's issues have not changed, no inside game, but the Flashes have played much better since 6-8 Melvin Tabb has been sidelined (academics) and head coach Rob Senderoff has shortened his bench and gone to a sophomore-laden starting lineup.

Junior guard Kris Brewer has responded off the bench the last three games with 16, 28 and 14 points. But senior forward Darren Goodson, while still starting, has nearly as many turnovers (16) and fouls (15) as total points (18) the last four games. He will be needed as a key contributor the final four games for KSU to not only land a home game for the MAC Tournament, but to also finish the season with a winning record.

Cleveland State pulled victory from the jaws of defeat Tuesday night, 70-69, in overtime as Youngstown State had the last shot in both regulation and overtime to topple the Vikings. In regulation the Penguins had an uncontested short-corner jumper off the baseline roll around the rim and out, then had the point-blank tip-in hit the front of the rim.