Akron downs Cleveland State

Akron shot a blistering 53.2 percent from the field and fielded five scorers in double figures in the Zips' 87-57 rout of Cleveland State Sunday afternoon at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Out-sized and overmatched, CSU (7-5) had no answer for Akron's balanced attack. Nick Harney poured in 19 points in just 17 minutes off the bench to lead the way offensively, all but two of those points coming in the second half.

Big men Zeke Marshall and Demetrius Treadwell were close behind putting up 18 and 15 points, respectively, and combining for 12 rebounds. UA (6-4) came together as a team to out-rebound the Vikings, 43-23.

Treadwell started the Zips off on the right foot, hitting his first two shots on soft floaters in the key just a minute into the action. Akron continued to work its inside out game, building a double-digit lead midway through the first on a three from Jake Kretzer.

The Zips set the tone early, pushing the ball up the floor and getting two big transition 3-pointers from Alex Abreu and Jake Kretzer within the first 5:30 of the game.

UA's stifling full court defense had Cleveland State stymied for almost the entire first half. The Zips forced the Vikings into 10 turnovers in the opening period and held them to a single field goal for over four minutes.

Akron had its run of the paint for most of the day, thanks in large part to the dominating performance of Treadwell and Marshall. Treadwell picked up nine of his 15 points and five rebounds in the first half. The Euclid, Ohio, product has produced a combined 30 points in his last two games against Cleveland State.

CSU threatened to make a run before the break, finding eight points in 2:09, but was squashed by another Abreu triple with 18 seconds left on the clock, which was enough to give Akron a 42-25 advantage at the half.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Nick Harney and Abreu five minutes into the second half maintained the Zips' 17-point cushion and ensured the rest of the game would see much of the same. Harney, Abreu and Kretzer connected on 8-of-9 from long range as Akron drained nine treys in all.

Cleveland State was led by Junior Lomomba's 16 points.

The Zips will continue their homestand Thursday, Dec. 27, when they play host to Texas Southern at 7 p.m.