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Senior Tyler Cheese and junior Loren Cristian Jackson led the Zips scoring efforts with 17 points each, while senior Xeyrius Williams added a 16-point performance. Akron made 11-of-20 from deep as the high scorers combined for 10-of-16 from downtown. Williams registered an unblemished 4-of-4 showing while Cheese and Jackson followed with three triples apiece.
On the other side of the ball, Akron limited the home team to 27.1 percent (13-of-48) shooting from the field and 11.8 percent (2-of-17) from long distance. The Zips caused 19 turnovers and collected six steals as Williams accounted for half of Akron's total steals.
Ty Groce led EMU (10-4, 0-1 MAC) with 13 points, while Boubacar Toure posted a double-double with 11 poins and 17 rebounds.
Akron (11-3, 1-0) won the opening tap and Cheese was fouled in pursuit of the Zips initial field goal. He buried both free throws, but the Eagles quickly tied the game at 2-2. After Williams' first 3-pointer, Eastern Michigan (10-4, 0-1) forced another stalemate at 5-5 on a Ty Groce three – Groce made both of the Eagles long-range shots en route to a team high 13 points.
Jackson recorded the Zips third field goal in the paint which sparked a 9-2 run and the Zips never looked back. By the end of the first half, Akron owned an 18-point, 38-20 advantage fueled by an 8-of-12 attack from deep by Akron. Jackson led the Zips with 15 points at intermission.
In the second half, the Eagles cut the Zips advantage to 11 points, 43-32, but back-to-back triples from Cheese and Williams halted the Eagles comeback attempt. Boubacar Toure was second in scoring for EMU with 11 points and added a game-high 17 rebounds as the Eagles held a 35-29 advantage on the glass.