AKRON, Ohio – A 37-6 run to close the first half helped spark the Akron Zips to a 84-56 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.
Following a 15-all tie with the Wildcats, the Zips (3-2) overpowered BCU (2-11) on both ends of the court and kept them to just six points in the last 9:48 of the first half.
Akron made a strong showing as a team, with all 11 players seeing game action recording at least one point.
Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell led all players with 19 points on the night after going 7-of-7 from the field. His strong performance on offense was matched with four rebounds, one blocked shot and two steals.
Nick Harney and Deji Ibitayo also reached double figures, posting 15 and 11 points, respectively Ibitayo added five boards, three assists and one steal while Harney also finished with five boards.
Barry Smith led BCU in scoring with 14 total points.
Akron's shooting allowed them to lead by as many as 36 points. The Zips closed the game shooting 58.7 percent from the field (27-of-46), including 10-of-21 from 3-point range (47.6 percent).
The Wildcats went 21-of-54 from the field for 38.9 percent.
In the first half, Akron shot 66.7 percent from the field while the Wildcats connected on just 35.7 percent.
The Zips racked up the score from behind the arc, going 8-of-11 (72.7 percent) over the first 20 minutes. However, the Zips' highest shooting percentage of the half came from the charity stripe where they shot 80.0 percent after going 12-of-15 from the line.
A Treadwell bucket from long range at the halftime buzzer would give the Zips a 52-21 advantage heading into the locker room.
The Zips continue their homestand on Dec. 16 when they take on Oral Roberts at Rhodes Arena. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Zips Notebook: Akron has now won 20 of their last 21 home games in the month of December ... tonight's game is the first of nine games in 19 days ... Isaiah Johnson is the first player not named Zeke Marshall to block four shots in a game for Akron in more than four years ... the Zips announced before tonight's contest that Director of Basketball Operations Dan Peters will take a medical leave to seek treatment for pancreatic cancer ... Akron will wear a patch the rest of the season in support of Peters.
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