Senior Jake Kretzer led Zips with . . .
Bethune-Cookman's two guards led the way for the Wildcats. Ricky Johnson scored a team-high 15 points and Jordan Potts added 12. Wildcats big man Mario Moody chipped in another 12.
Akron hit on 41.3 percent (26-of-63) of its shots from the field in the game and shot a higher percentage from distance at 42.9 percent clip (15-of-35). Bethune-Cookman connected at 34.7 percent clip in the contest, making 25-of-72 shots from the floor, and shot just 16.7 percent from the perimeter (4-of-24).
Back-to-back buckets by Robotham and Jackson got the Zips offense going after starting ice cold from the field (0-4). Cheatham found Robotham wide open in the right corner, and he nailed a three-pointer at the 16:39 mark. The next possession for the Wildcats resulted in a turnover. Jackson stole the ball at mid-court and sprinted to the basket for an easy two that brought Akron within one (6-7).
The Zips bench provided a spark to the offense and scored 11 straight points midway through the first half. Freshman Josh Williams entered the game and connected on back-to-back long balls to give Akron its first lead of the game (12-9). Kretzer added a pair of free throws and jumper from beyond the arc to increase the lead, 17-11, at the 9:43 mark.
Over a span of 4:29 minutes (8:23-3:54) Akron increased its lead to 14 on the effort of three 3-pointers and a pair of layups from a bundle of Zips players. Robotham, Kretzer and senior Reggie McAdamsall found the bottom of the net from distance, and Forsythe controlled the paint with two buckets.
The Zips attempted 32 shots from the floor in the first half, 20 of those attempts came from beyond the arc. Akron shot at 45-percent clip from long range in the initial stanza, while Bethune-Cookman shot just 18.2 percent (2-for-11).
Akron and Bethune-Cookman would go back-and-forth in the first nine minutes of the second half. At the 11:51 mark, both teams had scored 18 points in the half. The Zips continued to fire the ball from deep and connected on three more 3-pointers, while the Wildcats scoring was spread out.
The Zips lead grew to as many as 23 at one point in the second half (15:48), but the Wildcats cut it to 11 points with 6:40 to play. The Akron advangage would not drop below 11 in the final six minutes en route to the Zips 81-60 victory.
Akron returns to the court on Monday, Dec. 21 against UC Santa Barbara in the Zips first game of the South Point Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tip off is set for 3 p.m. ET.
(Courtesy of UA Athletics)