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Akron 91, Coppin State 63

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AKRON, Ohio -- Akron improved to 7-0 at home behind three double-doubles in the Zips' 91-63 victory over Coppin State on Wednesday night.

Junior forward Nick Harney had 14 points and 11 rebounds, senior center Zeke Marshall added 13 points and 12 rebounds, and freshman forward Jake Kretzer finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Akron outrebounded Coppin State 60-27. The Eagles don't have a true center. They started 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward Charles Ieans at the post.

Coppin State (3-12) ended a seven-game road stretch with only two wins. The Eagles open their Mid-Eastern American Conference season Jan. 5 against visiting Howard.

Akron (9-4) never trailed after limiting Coppin State to two field goals at the 13:35 mark of the first half. In one stretch, the Zips scored 15 straight points -- behind six apiece from Harney and reserve freshman guard Reggie McAdams -- to take a 29-10 lead with 7:34 left before halftime.

Coppin State made one final push after Akron took a 55-33 lead with 16:01 left in the game. The Eagles went on a 10-2 run, spurred by two three-pointers by senior guard Troy Franklin, to cut the lead to 57-43 with 14:15 remaining.

The Eagles did not make a field goal again until 10:01 remained. By that time, Akron built its lead to 67-49.

Coppin State, led by Franklin's 24 points, made only 29 percent of its shots from the field.

While Akron was cold from 3-point range (converting only 9 of 33 attempts), it was effective inside the arc. The Zips controlled the paint, making 23 of 39 two-point shots from the field (58.9 percent).
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