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Akron pulls away early in 2nd half

Campbell sits out in Bobcats' 83-68 loss to Zips

AKRON Ė Akron dominated the first 10 minutes of the second half to pull away for an 83-68 victory against Ohio on Tuesday night at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Playing without Antonio Campbell, who injured his foot Saturday against Eastern Michigan, the Bobcats trailed just 38-37 following a Gavin Block jumper to start the second half but got outscored 29-8 over the next 10 minutes.

Jaaron Simmons paced Ohio with 19 points and five assists, and Jordan Dartis had 14 points. Block scored 10 points, and Kenny Kaminski finished with nine.

Kwan Cheatham Jr.ís 17 points and 13 rebounds paced a balanced Akron effort. Jimond Ivey and Isaiah Johnson each had 15 points, and Antino Jackson finished with 11 points.

Cheatham scored at the hoop, Ivey followed with a dunk, Johnson scored a layup, and Ivey got a layup following a Johnson steal to make it 46-37 at the 16:27 mark.

Akron later had a 10-0 run, beginning with a Noah Robotham jumper with 12:45 remaining. Ivey scored a layup, followed by a dunk, and Emmanuel Olojakpoke had back-to-back slams to push the Zipsí lead to 64-43.

The Zips threatened to run away in the first half, but the Bobcats hung tough. Akron scored nine straight points after Doug Taylorís basket opened scoring. After a Block 3-pointer later cut the margin to three, Akron pushed its advantage back to nine, 20-11, eight minutes into the game.

Ohio followed with a 12-2 run, regaining the lead on a Mike Laster 3-pointer at the 8:36 mark. The Bobcats later went up 29-24 on a Kaminski basket with 7:21 remaining in the half.

Cheatham scored a layup, and Jackson tied the game with a 3-pointer. Johnsonís 3-pointer put Akron back on top for good, Cheatham followed with a trey, and Johnson made two free throws to cap an 11-0 run over five minutes.

Akron shot 55.4 percent, including 9 of 19 on 3-pointers, and it made 12 of 14 free throws. Ohio connected on 44.4 percent of its field goals, including 3 of 8 3-pointers. It was just 2 of 4 on free throws.

Jason Carter had six points and eight rebounds for Ohio, but he fouled out in only 17 minutes of action. Doug Taylor had six points and six boards in 24 minutes.

The Bobcats play at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Northern Illinois.

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