Zips Drop Redhawks

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Nikola Cvetinovic had all three of his steals

in the first 5 minutes of the second half, helping to spark Akron

to a 74-59 win over Miami (Ohio) on Wednesday night.

Tied at 33 at halftime, the Zips opened the second half on a

13-2 run. Cvetinovic had the last of his three steals with 15:41

left and, after a Miami timeout, scored a layup to put Akron ahead

46-35 with 15:26 to play.

Akron achieved its first 11-1 conference start and the first in

the Mid-American Conference since Kent State in 2001-02.

Chauncey Gilliam paced Akron (19-7, 11-1) with 14 points and

Demetrius Treadwell chipped in 13 off the bench.

The Zips shot 51 percent from the field (25 of 49) and

outrebounded the RedHawks 33-23.

Brian Sullivan scored 19 points for Miami (8-16, 4-8), and

Julian Mavunga, averaging 17.1 points per game coming in, was held

to 11.

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