The Zips have looked like a good team for the first time this year recently, and reinforced it yesterday with a 75-60 victory over Ball State. Five Akron players scored at least 10 points and Mike Bardo stepped up in Zeke Marshall's absence, who was in foul trouble for most of the game. Only playing 12 minutes didn't stop Marshall from setting the new Akron sophomore block record, now with 60 on the season.
Steve McNees led the team in scoring with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He also scored the first points off of an aggressive drive, which really set the tempo for the rest of the game.
Nikola Cvetinovic played another excellent defensive game, grabbing 8 rebounds, but also put up 13 points and nabbed 2 assists.
Brett McKnight played another game with less than 20 minutes, but scored 12 points on 3-6 shooting (3-5 from 3-point range) and grabbed 3 rebounds.
Alex Abreu was only 2-7 shooting, but played an aggressive game and ended at 7-8 from the line, with 11 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists.
Ball State was a one-man show. Jarrod Jones scored 19 points off of 9-14 shooting and grabbed 8 rebounds. They had 14 turnover's to Akron's 8.
My DVR decided to record a grand total of 0 minutes of this game, instead of 3 hours, and I'm still feeling a bit salty about it. Not only did the lady Zips grab a 78-65 victory over Ball State, but Taylor Ruper set a new Zips record for three-pointers in a single game with 8. She shot 8-10 from beyond the arc, and 9-13 total to finish with 26 points, tying her career high.