AKRON, OHIO – The Akron Zips emphatically ended a two-game losing streak as they dominated the Bowling Green Falcons in every facet of the game en route to an 89-54 victory Friday night before 4,284 fans at Rhodes Arena and a national television audience.
With the victory, Akron (22-7, 11-5 MAC) remained undefeated at home with a 13-0 record. It also retains a lead lead of at least one game over Ohio and Kent State in the MAC East race.
"We did a better job in getting out in transition tonight.” UA head coach Keith Dambrot said. “We did a better job defensively, as well as sharing the ball.”
Senior Reggie McAdams scored . . .
When asked about his performance McAdams just said “Sometimes you have it; sometimes you don’t.” Earlier in the season, McAdams connected for 28 in a home victory over Eastern Michigan.
Bowling Green (14-15, 5-11) absorbed its eighth loss in the last nine games while absorbing its second largest margin of defeat of the season. The Falcons lost at Wright State by 36 points (83-47) back in December.
“The three pointers killed us tonight.” BGSU head man Michael Huger said. “My team was not ready to start the game, and it showed.”
Junior Kyle Denny was the lone BGSU player in double figures with 16 points. He added two rebounds and three steals.
The game was decided in the opening stages of the first half, and it was quickly apparent that the long ball would be a factor. The first five field goals (three by UA and two by BGSU) were converted beyond the three-point line.
Coming into the game, UA was one of the best three-point teams in all of Division I. It added to an impressive 303 total on the season with a school record 19 from beyond the arc.
The lead grew to as many as 27 points at the 1:48 mark as Antino Jackson was fouled attempting a three-pointer and made the subsequent free throws. Akron went into halftime having doubled up the visitors, 52-26.
The Zips shot 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes (17-of-34), with 11 of the goals coming from long range. The Falcons did hold a narrow 17-16 rebounding edge. However, they connected on only 8-of-22 shots from the floor and turned the ball over 10 times, resulting in 23 UA points.
“We caused the turnovers.” Huger said. “Not being involved in the game. The effort was not there, and we had no intensity.”
To BGSU’s credit, it fought hard in the second half, making a couple of mini-runs. But the deficit never fell below 20 points. The Zips largest lead of the contest was 33 points on two occasions. The last was 87-54 at the 2:38 mark on a three-pointer, this one from junior Isiah Johnson.
When it was finally over, UA had posted its 15th consecutive win against the Bowling Green. In fact, BGSU’s last win in the series was back in March, 2009, 50-46.
When asked about breaking the losing streak (to Kent State & Miami on the road), Dambrot said “We had hit the wall physically and emotionally, and tonight we were energized and our play showed it.”
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday with BGSU returning to Northeast Ohio to battle Kent State, while Akron faces Ohio at home.