The Zips (2-0) had three players score in double figures, led by Nate Johnson, who had 17 points. Enrique Freeman added 13 points, eight rebounds and three steals and Greg Tribble chipped in as well with 13 points and six rebounds.
Akron forced 15 Southern Miss turnovers and turned those into 20 points on the offensive end of the floor. Freeman's three steals led the way for Akron.
After falling behind 13-6, Akron went on a 7-0 run with 11:53 left in the first half, culminating in a bucket from Sammy Hunter, to tie the game at 13. The Zips then proceeded to grab a 33-31 lead heading into halftime. Akron got a great contribution from its bench in the period, as non-starters accounted for 11 of its 33 total points.
Akron kept its lead intact before going on a 17-0 run, finished off by Tribble's three, to grow the lead to 72-54 with 26 seconds to go in the contest, The Zips held onto that lead for the rest of the game for the 72-54 win. Akron capitalized on eight Southern Miss turnovers in the period, collecting 14 points off those turnovers.
-- Akron found success from three point land, knocking down nine treys in the game.
-- Akron never trailed in the second half on its way to victory.
-- The Akron defense forced 15 turnovers.
-- Nate Johnson led the Zips with 17 points.
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