The Zips struggled to get a win against Bryant on Sunday and looked even more sluggish in the first half against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Tuesday. The Zips had a forgettable first half marred by eleven turnovers and seven missed free throws. The positives of the first half for Akron were grabbing seven offensive rebounds and that they were at least getting to the free throw line frequently. Arkansas-Pine Bluff held a 32-31 lead at the halfway mark.
Lucky for the Zips, their second half performance made the first half easy to forget. With fifteen minutes left, the Zips still trailed 42-39, but they would never look back. Akron went on a 21-0 run over the next five minutes including three triples from Reggie McAdams. The Zips had an eighteen point lead and suddenly looked like an offensive juggernaut. They solved their turnover problem by only committing three in the second half.
Akron would maintain their lead for the remainder of the game and finished off the Lions with an 81-60 win. Five Zips finished with double figures led by a great performance from Kwan Cheatham. He finished with seventeen points, eleven rebounds, four assists, and two blocks for his first career double-double. Pat Forsythe, Reggie McAdams, and Nyles Evans each had eleven points with Deji Ibitayo adding thirteen off the bench.
The Lions were really a two man team on the offensive side against the Zips. Jovaughn Love and Marcel Mosley each had twenty points combining to go 14-29 from the field and 6-9 from three-point land. The Lions dropped their third straight game to a MAC team and fall to 1-6 on the year.
The Zips improve to 5-2 on the year and 3-0 at home. They get just one day off again before returning to the JAR to take on the Western Illinois Leathernecks Thursday. The Leathernecks (best team name ever?) are 2-3 on the year and 0-2 on the road.