Marshall Blocks Nine Shots to Help Akron Hand Rockets 71-56 Defeat
TOLEDO, OH - Toledo experienced firsthand why Akron has been one of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference in recent years as the Zips handed the Rockets a 71-56 setback on Wednesday evening in Savage Arena.
Senior C Zeke Marshall paced the Zips (14-4, 5-0 MAC) to their 10th-straight victory with 18 points, nine blocked shots and eight rebounds. His nine rejections (including seven in the first half) tied the Savage Arena record held by former Rocket J.C. Harris vs. Detroit on Feb. 10, 1992. Junior F Demetrius Treadwell also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards, while junior G Alex Abreu tallied 11 points and nine assists.
Toledo shot just 37.7 percent in the contest and was 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from three-point range. Akron, which has appeared in six-straight MAC Championship games, was red-hot from the perimeter, knocking down 10-of-23 treys (43.5 percent) to finish with a 44.4 FG%.
The Zips also outrebounded the Rockets by a 43-34 margin leading to a convincing 24-6 advantage in second-chance points.
Akron broke open the game early in the first half with a 12-2 run to take an 18-6 lead less than seven minutes in. The Zips maintained a double-digit cushion and took a 36-21 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Rockets rallied at the start of the second stanza with an 11-4 burst to force the visitors to take time leading 40-32 with 15:48 remaining following junior G Reese Holliday's layup. Akron answered by knocking down treys on its five ensuing trips down the court for a 55-39 advantage with 11:27 to play.
Toledo was able to climb within 11 points on two occasions down the stretch but couldn't come any closer.
UT will look to bounce back from its defeat on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7:00 p.m. when it hosts arch-rival Bowling Green (7-11, 2-3 MAC). The Falcons posted a 70-55 home victory tonight over Kent State.