Akron 65, Marshall 55
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP)—Darryl Peterson scored 15 points to lead Akron to a 65-55 win over Marshall on Wednesday night.
Bubba Walther also scored 13 points, all in the first half, for Akron (10-5, 4-3 Mid-American Conference).
Marshall (3-12, 0-6 MAC) was led by Enoch Bunch and A.W. Hamilton with 12 and 10 points respectively.
Peterson scored 13 of his game-high 15 points in the second half, with seven of those points coming from the free-throw line.
Marshall lost its fourth straight home game and remains the only MAC team without a conference win.
Akron snapped a three-game losing streak on the road by outscoring Marshall 9-2 in the final two minutes. The Zips held the Thundering Herd without a field goal in the last 4:06 of the contest.
Marshall got closer following two free throws by Hamilton with 2:45 left to make the score 57-55, but those would be their last points.
The Herd was forced to play catch up in the second half. Down 50-38, Marshall went on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 52-48 with 5:55 left on a basket by Mark Patton.
Akron led 44-28 following a three by Rick McFadden, but Marshall answered with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to six with 13:17 to go.
A personal foul and ensuing shoving match between David Anderson and Matt Futch resulted in technical fouls for each and gave Anderson two fouls in one sequence. Those two gave him four for the game, meaning the Marshall forward was benched with 17:54 left to play.
Akron scored 20 unanswered points with 10 coming from Walther as the Zips took a lead 23-8 with 7:52 to go in the first half.
Marshall only connected on seven field goal attempts in the first half, enabling the Zips to take a 35-23 lead at halftime.<