OXFORD, Ohio – For the 17th time in the series, an Akron Zips game against Miami (Ohio) saw the victor score 55 points or less as the Zips downed the RedHawks 54-50 on Saturday afternoon in a Mid-American Conference East Division matchup at Millett Hall.
The Zips extended their winning streak to 15 games, the longest active streak in the nation. Akron's 10-0 start in league play is the first in the MAC since Miami won 10-straight to open the 1983-84 league schedule.
Akron (19-4, 10-0 MAC) closed the game shooting 39.6 percent from the floor (19-of-48) and 31.3 percent from long range (5-of-16). The Zips had 14 turnovers to just eight assists, but forced Miami (8-14, 3-7 MAC) into 18 turnovers.
Allen Roberts led Miami with 11 points.
Akron opened the second half on a 6-0 run to force Miami into a timeout as the RedHawk's lead dwindled to 25-22 with 16:53 remaining. MU would push its advantage back to eight points by the under-12 media timeout (34-26).
The Zips continued to chip away at the RedHawk advantage until Alex Abreu's steal and layup gave Akron a 35-34 lead with 7:53 remaining. It was Akron's first lead since a 9-8 lead with 11:12 left in the first half.
UA opened up a six-point advantage 41-35 with 6:18 left thanks to back-to-back 3-pointers by Reggie McAdams and Jake Kretzer. Defense also played a big part as the Zips held the RedHawks without a field goal for nearly seven minutes.
The RedHawks would answer, grabbing a brief 43-42 advantage but a Walsh 3-pointer put the Zips back on top 45-43.
With Akron leading by two, Quinten Rollins had a chance to tie the game at 48-48, but missed the layup. Akron would capitalize on the other end on a Marshall lay-up for a four-point lead and 1:09 remaining. That would be the closest the RedHawks would get.
Both teams started the game off a little sluggish, combining to go 2-of-12 from the field with five turnovers heading into the first media timeout. However, the Zips would lead 4-0.
By the under-eight media timeout, Miami had opened a 15-10 advantage, holding Akron to just 26.7 percent shooting from the floor (4-of-15). Seven of Akron's 10 points came courtesy of Walsh's 3-of-4 shooting to open the half.
Akron would go 10:20 without a field goal before Treadwell ended the drought with back-to-back buckets to cut the Miami lead to 17-15 with 2:53 remaining. Those two buckets would be the last for the Zips in the half as the RedHawks took a 25-16 advantage into the locker room.
UA closed the half shooting 24.0 percent from the floor (6-of-24) and 50.0 percent from 3-point range (3-of-6). MU connected on 46.2 percent from the floor (12-of-26) and connected on just one 3-point attempt (1s-of-4).
The Zips will close out this short two-game road swing on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when they travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., to face Eastern Michigan. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Zips Notebook: Akron has now won 11-straight MAC games dating back to last season ... Akron's 15-game winning streak is the longest in program history since the Zips won a school-record 21-straight during the 1958-59 season ... UA has won 23 of their last 26 league games.