AKRON, OHIO – When a Division I team picked to win its division faces a Division III team picked to finish last, you can expect a lopsided outcome. That result, indeed, happened Monday night at Rhodes Arena as the Akron Zips defeated the Terriers of Hiram College in a dominating 100-30 performance.
The win makes Akron 2-0 on the young season after beating Cleveland State 65-53 on Saturday night in the Coaches vs. Cancer event at Kent State.
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Five UA players scored in double figures, led by sophomore Aaron Jackson who had 16 points with five rebounds, three assists and two steals coming off the bench. Senior Jake Kretzer added 15 also off the bench. Fellow senior Reggie Mc Adams and Pat Forsythe, along with freshman Jimond Ivey, each added 12, with Forsythe pulling down 12 boards.
The Zips scored 28 of the game’s first 32 points as they built a 44-10 halftime advantage. It was more of the same in the second half as UA shot 64.5 percent from the floor in the second half (20 of 31) and finished the game with almost a 2:1 rebounding edge, 65-34.
The Terriers, who play in the North Coast Athletic Conference, were led by junior Kyle Deckerd. He came off the bench to score 11 with three of his baskets coming from three point range.
UA now prepares for the 2015 NIT Season Tip-Off as it heads to Arkansas on Wednesday night to face the Razorbacks of the Southeast Conferenc. It’s then on to Philadelphia to face nationally ranked Villanova on Sunday.