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Visiting Zips deliver 35-point beatdown to Bowling Green

By mrasor Published: February 15, 2011

Men's basketball

Never in the 51-year history of BG's Anderson Arena had a team sunk 16 3-point baskets. The Zips did that tonight with a 57.1 percent clip.

It was never close, as Akron trounced Bowling Green on the road by an 89-54 count.

Brett McClanahan drilled 6-of-7 3-point attempts and grabbed five rebounds in only 22 minutes. Quincy Diggs dropped a season-high 16 points. Nik Cvetinovic added a game-high 11 rebounds. The Akron offense was efficient, with 23 assists and 12 turnovers. Steve McNees had five of the dishes.

The defensive effort was equally impressive, as Bowling Green shot only 30.6 percent. The Falcons had logged just 23 points by halftime.

It was Akron's third-straight all-around effort. The Zips have now ???won their last three games by a combined 52 points -- all over MAC teams with winning records.

With Buffalo losing at Ohio, Akron (7-5 MAC) is now tied for the fourth seed in the MAC Tournament, the top four seeds of which earn a first-round bye. Only Kent State (8-2) and Miami (8-3) have better conference records. The MAC West champion earns the No. 2 seed by default.

On Saturday at 7, Akron returns home for a nonconference respite, albeit against traditional midmajor powerhouse Creighton. The Bluejays are 8-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

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