Akron uses outside shooting to down Ball State 70-61

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MUNCIE, Ind. (AP)—Nate Linhart scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Akron to a 70-61 win over Ball State Saturday night.

Linhart sank 4-of-6 3-pointers, and Akron (17-6, 7-3) made 11-of-24 as a team to overcome Ball State’s edge inside. The Cardinals (3-19, 2-8) outscored the Zips 30-18 in the paint.

Quade Milum added 13 points and three blocks for Akron, and Nick Dials scored 12 points.

The Zips, who led 33-32 at halftime, outrebounded the Cardinals 34-30, and Akron’s bench outscored Ball State’s, 24-11.

Rashaun McLemore led Ball State with 16 points, and Anthony Newell had 13 points and five assists.

Melvin Goins, who scored a career-high 21 points Wednesday in a loss at Kent State, finished with eight. Ball State made only 1-of-9 3-pointers and 24-of-54 field goals, or 44 percent, for the game.

The win was Akron’s fourth-straight against Ball State.

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Nate Linhart Nate Linhart
6-9,  19 Pts
10 Rebs, 4 Assists
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Anthony Newell Anthony Newell
4-12,  13 Pts
6 Rebs, 5 Assists

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