Hitchens’ 23 leads Akron to 78-61 win

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AKRON, Ohio (AP)—Anthony Hitchens scored 23 points and led Akron’s second-half surge as the Zips pulled away to beat North Carolina A&T 78-61 Saturday night.

Brett McKnight had 13 points and Nate Linhart had 11 for Akron (6-3).

Ed Jones had 23, and Tavarus Alston had 15 for the Aggies (5-4).

Akron trailed most of the first half, which ended in a tie at 35. But a 7-0 run at the beginning of the second half that included a 3-pointer by Hitchens put the Zips ahead for good. Another 3-pointer by Hitchens gave Akron its biggest lead at 78-59 with 3:56 to play.

Hitchens was 6-of-8 from behind the 3-point arc as Akron repeatedly fired from long range but hit just 13 of 36.

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Ed Jones Ed Jones
6-11,  23 Pts
6 Rebs, 0 Assists
Anthony (Humpty) Hitchens Anthony (Humpty) Hitchens
7-13,  23 Pts
2 Rebs, 4 Assists

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