Akron defeated Bowling Green 57-47 on Saturday night and won their 10th Mid-American Conference game. With this victory, the Zips have ensured no worse than a home game in the MAC tournament.
Bowling Green never had the lead, although they tied the game three times; once in the first half and twice in the second. Demetrius Treadwell broke the final tied score with a layup. Akron then went on a 5-0 run to make the score 43-34 with Treadwell scoring three of the five points during the run.
Treadwell and Quincy Diggs lead the Zips to victory. Treadwell registered 17 points and nine rebounds, while Diggs contributed 13 points and six rebounds. Akron bullied their way through the BG offense, creating 20 turnovers including 10 steals. Akron took advantage of the Falcons’ sloppy play, scoring 22 points off of their turnovers. The Zips also guarded from the 3-point line well, giving up two 3-pointers on 13 attempts (15 percent). The Akron defense has held nine of its last 10 opponents to 66 points or less giving up an average of 61.7 points per game.
Bowling Green (6-10 MAC) was lead by Richaun Holmes, who registered 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Spencer Parker netted 12 points and 7 rebounds; Cameron Black scored 10 points and nabbed 11 rebounds. BG’s big men helped their team's scoring by grabbing 12 offensive rebounds that lead to 12 second chance points. The Falcons had 27 defensive rebounds in the game.
This was Akron’s 11th straight victory over BG; in the Feb. 9 meeting, BG’s Jehvon Clarke registered a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 12 seconds remaining. The shot tied the score at 63-63 until Diggs sunk a long jump shot on Akron’s next possession with four seconds left. The Zips won, 65-63 over the Falcons at the Stroh Center.
This win gave the Zips 38 MAC wins over the last three seasons, tied for most in school history (2006-08; 2005-07).