Akron Holds Off Men's Basketball 62-58
Down by as many as nine points in the first half, Princeton rallied to twice take the lead in the second half, each time by a point, but the Akron men's basketball team got the win, 62-58 Sunday night in Ohio.
Princeton fell to 5-7 with the loss, while Akron is now 8-4. The Tigers will play again Saturday at noon at Elon in their final pre-Ivy League contest.
Denton Koon led Princeton with 16 points while Ian Hummer added 13 points, a game-high nine rebounds and seven assists.
Akron's largest lead was at 22-13 with 12 minutes gone in the first half, but Princeton fought back to tie on a half-closing 14-5 run capped with a Brendan Connolly bank shot in the period's closing seconds. The Tigers took a 45-44 lead on a Mack Darrow 3-pointer midway through the second half, and the team led again at 56-55 on a Hans Brase bucket with less than four minutes to go.
But that was the last time Princeton led. Akron held a one-point advantage at 59-58 entering the final minute, but back-to-back fouls on Akron's next possession renewed the shot clock enough to force the Tigers to foul and send Akron to the free throw line. The Zips did their part, making their next three from the stripe to ice it.
• Ian Hummer's 13 points moved him closer to Bob Scrabis '89, who is in seventh place on the Princeton career scoring list at 1,365 points. Hummer is now at 1,353 points.
• Akron was Princeton's third MAC opponent of the season, all on the road. The Tigers won at Buffalo to start the season and won at Kent State on Dec. 1.
• This was the first meeting between Akron and Princeton.
• Hummer threatened a triple-double with 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He had four helpers at the half.
• Akron attempted a season-low 13 3-pointers, while Princeton's nine tries from beyond the arc were the second-lowest total of the season.
• All 48 of Akron's points that were not 3-pointers (two, for six points) or free throws (eight) were in the paint. Zeke Marshall, the team's leading scorer on the season at 13.3 ppg, had a lot to do with that by going 7 of 7 from the field.
• Princeton has shot better than 40 percent from the field in each of its last six games.
• Akron's .531 shooting clip was the second best for a Princeton opponent this season after Northeastern shot .575 on Nov. 13.
• Princeton won the rebounding battle for the third straight game, a season-best streak.
• Denton Koon continued being a key factor on offense, scoring in double digits for the third straight game, the first time the sophomore has had such a streak at Princeton.
• Four of Mack Darrow's eight 3-pointers on the season have come in the last two games, as have 10 of his 23 rebounds and 18 of his 41 points.
• Hans Brase scored in double digits for the third straight game, the first time at Princeton that the freshman has had such a streak.
• Akron is now 110-17 at home under ninth-season head coach Keith Dambrot.
• Ian Hummer tied a career high with seven assists. He also tied a season high with nine rebounds.