The Zips (4-1) handed the Falcons (5-1) their first loss and have won four consecutive games this season, including three straight at the Savannah Invitational. As a result, the Zips will play for the Savannah Invitational Championship Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Mercer.
Air Force opened the . . .
The Falcons pushed the lead to as many as 10 points with 3:24 left in the initial half behind 11 points from Frank Toohey, shooting 4-of-8 from the floor, which included a 3-of-4 effort from behind the 3-point arc.
Air Force ended the Zips' 7-0 scoring outburst with two free throws and added a lay-in as time expired to take a 39-33 halftime lead.
The Zips were a completely different team during the final 20 minutes of play. Senior center Isaiah Johnson led the charge with 12 second-half points as Akron went straight to its Big Dog for the first two points. Senior forward Kwan Cheatham, Jr. followed with a triple, and the Zips' were on their way to a 19-6 run to open the half.
The run lasted seven-and-a-half minutes, as Williams buried a triple from the corner, Cheatham followed with a layup, and junior guard Noah Robotham buried a triple at the top of the key. Next, the Zips utilized the big fella for three consecutive possessions, Johnson scored six-unanswered points, while Antino Jackson and junior wing Aaron Jackson added two points apiece from the charity stripe.
By the 12:20 mark, Akron built a 55-45 advantage before Air Force recorded its eighth point of the half. The Zips immediately regained the double-digit lead as Dunn-Martin connected from long distance.
Air Force made one final attempt to regain control of the scoreboard with an 8-0 run, but the attempt was stalled by a pair of free throws from Williams, Robotham, and Antino Jackson.
Johnson led Akron's scoring efforts with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and a 5-of-8 showing from the free throw line. In addition, Johnson added a career-best five assists. Williams followed with 16 points, and Antino Jackson added 15 points.
Akron will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m., playing in the Savannah Invitational title game against Mercer.
(Courtesy of UA Athletics)