AKRON, OHIO – The Akron Zips opened the 2014-15 Men’s Basketball season Friday night with an emphatic 74-57 victory over the Retrievers of Maryland, Baltimore County at Rhodes Arena.
Akron (1-0) used a 20-2 run midway through the first half to take control of the contest, which saw them lead by as many as 30 points in the second half as the Zips collected their 12th win in the last 13 openers at home.
Junior Jake Kretzer came off the Bench to score 13 points going three-of-four from three-point range while senior Demetrius Treadwell added 10 along with 13 rebounds.
The game was tied twice, with both teams taking a short lead before the visitors from the America East Conference went on 14-3 run to open their largest lead of the contest, 18-10, at the 11:51 mark on a three-pointer from the right arc by Rodney Elliott. The sophomore scored nine points on the evening, all of them coming in the opening 20 minutes.
UA then went on a 20-2 run to take total control of the game. The run was highlighted by three shots from beyond the arc. Two came from junior Reggie McAdams, who finished with nine points on the night. Another trey came from freshman Noah Robotham, who had eight points with five assists and three steals.
When the run ended, the Zips had a 30-20 advantage at the 5:24 mark after Treadwell muscled his way through a pair of defenders for a layup. UMBC then cut into the margin, closing to within six points, 31-25, at the 2:20 mark on a layup by Joyce.
Six points, however, would be the closest the Retrievers could get for the rest of the game and UA went into halftime with an 11-point lead at 37-26.
Both teams shot the ball well in the opening half of the season. UA went 13-of-28 from the field (46.4%) while UMBC went 11-for-25 (44.4%). The rebounds were even at 16-16 and the Zips defense forced 10 turnovers while commiting just five.
UA put the game away early in the second half as it used an 11-2 spurt to open a 19-point lead, 48-29, when Kretzer connected for a three from the top of the key.
Over the 40 minutes, Akron made 12-of-30 shots from beyond the arc going 8-for-16 in the second half.
From that point on, the home team continued to build on its lead. The game’s biggest differential was 30 points, 64-34, when Kretzer again hit a three -- this one from the right arc.
Both teams emptied their benches late and UMBC made a 13-3 run late in the contest to reduce the final margin
UA kept up its good shooting in the second half, hitting over 50 percent for the majority of the period before ending at 48 percent (12-of-25). The Zips were 25-of-53 for the game (47.2%). The only real UA blemish on the night was at the free throw line, where they went just 12-of-21 (57.1%). UMBC narrowly won the rebounding battle 35-34
The Zips next head to Charleston, South Carolina to play in the Charleston Classic where they will play the Southern CaliforniaTrojans out of the PAC-12 on Thursday afternoon.