The victory, which was the Rockets' fourth straight over the Zips, improved UT's record to 11-6 overall and 2-2 in Mid-American Conference play. The was the second consecutive loss for Akron (13-4, 2-2), which was riding a 10-game winning streak as it entered play this week.
Junior guard Jonathan Williams . . .
Toledo shot 53.8 percent from the field, including a sizzling 59.1 effort in the second half. The Rockets limited the Zips to a 41.4 shooting mark, including a 7-of-29 showing (24.1 percent) from behind the three-point arc.
The Rockets led by as many as 21 points, 70-49, with 4:32 remaining before Akron made a small rally to climb to within 13 points.
Junior center Isaiah Johnson and sophomore guard Antino Jackson topped Akron with 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Toledo broke free from the visitors with a quick spurt to end the first half. Boothe capped off a seven-point burst for a 32-23 advantage 2:42 before halftime. Freshman guard Jaelan Sanford's dunk 11 seconds before intermission gave UT a 39-28 cushion at the break.
The Zips cut Toledo's lead to six points on three straight possessions midway through the second half. Freshman guard Josh Williams' three-pointer with 10:42 to play sliced Akron's deficit to 54-48, but the Midnight Blue and Gold responded with a 16-1 run to seal the victory.
Toledo returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 19 with a 7:00 p.m. matchup against arch-rival Bowling Green (11-5, 2-1 MAC). Akron host Eastern Michigan Tuesday (7 p.m. ET).
(Courtesy of UT Athletics)