Story courtesy of Akron Sports Information
Akron 68, North Dakota State 53
AKRON, Ohio – Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help Akron to a 68-53 win over North Dakota State on Friday night at James A. Rhodes Arena as part of the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event on ESPN2.
Treadwell was one of four Akron (22-4) players to finish with double figure points. Zeke Marshall tallied a team-high 14, while Nick Harney scored 13 and Alex Abreu had 10. Marshall also was credited with five blocked shots.
The Zips' victory extended the nation's longest winning streak to 18 games and tied the 1975-76 Western Michigan squad for the second-longest win streak by a Mid-American Conference team. UA also posted its 14th in a row at home.
Akron is now one of just four teams in Division I basketball to post at least 22 wins in each of the past eight seasons, joining Duke, Gonzaga and Kansas.
North Dakota State's Lawrence Alexander led all players with 19 points and Mike Felt posted 15 points for the Bison who dropped to 20-8.
UA opened the second half by pushing its advantage to 45-25 on an Abreu 3-pointer (17:07). The bucket capped off a 22-5 run by the Zips stretching back to the first half.
The Bison would respond once again, using a 14-0 run to force an Akron timeout with 7:35 to go and the UA advantage cut to six (47-41).
A Marshall jumper at the 7:13 mark to end the NDSU run as the Zips went 9:13 between points. That bucket would spark a 9-2 run as Akron pushed its lead back to double digits (58-43) with 3:36 left in the game.
The Bison would cut the lead to nine with 1:28 to go, but the Zips would ice the game at the line and on a Deji Ibitayo fastbreak dunk.
The Zips came out hot, grabbing a 10-3 lead by the 16:34 mark spurred by Harney's seven points on 3-of-4 shooting. The Bison would cut the lead to 10-9 by the 13:30 mark.
Akron was able to push its leads to double digits for the first time at 21-11 by the 9:51 mark, but North Dakota State would answer again to trim the advantage to 23-20 with 6:35 left in the half.
UA would close the half on a 14-3 run to take a 37-23 lead into the locker room. Harney led all players with 10 points of 4-of-5 shooting, but missed a chunk of the half with two fouls. Marshall and Treadwell had eight points each. Treadwell finished the first 20 minutes with eight boards.
Akron committed just four turnovers in the first half while holding a 24-17 advantage on the boards. The Zips forced the Bison into eight turnovers on four steals.
The Zips hit the road for the next two games, beginning with a trip to Athens, Ohio, to face the Ohio Bobcats on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game will air live on SportsTime Ohio.