Early Deficit Hurt Men's Basketball at Akron

Early Deficit Hurt Men's Basketball at Akron

AKRON, Ohio — An early double-digit deficit combined with lengthy scoring droughts allowed Akron to come away with a 72-62 win over the American University men's basketball team on Thursday evening at Rhodes Arena. 

James Washington and Delante Jones each had 18 points as the Eagles shot 42 percent from the floor and made seven three-pointers.

"James and Delante played well tonight," said head coach Mike Brennan. "I like the way our team looks and look forward to playing at Bender Arena on Tuesday against a tough Wagner team."  

Akron (1-1) was paced with three double-doubles in the win. Kwan Cheatham, Jr., had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Isaiah Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jimond Ivy had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Akron shot 36 percent from the field.

Akron started the game out hot making four straight three-pointers before cooling off on 5-of-21 from the outside. The Zips led 33-25 at the break. 

American (0-3) battled back in the second with Washington and Jones scoring 23 of their 36 in the final half.

Sa'eed Nelson and Mark Gasperini each had seven points. Gasperini had a team-best seven rebounds while Nelson contributed six and had three assists. 

Akron finished with a 44-30 advantage in rebounds and scored 27 points from the line. 

American will open its home schedule on Tuesday evening against Wagner at 7:30 p.m.