If a coach were going to draw up a perfect game in basketball, it would have looked like the University of Akron men’s basketballs team’s 73-46 win over Ball State Wednesday night. Coach Keith Dambrot couldn’t have asked for much more from his team as a whole. Here are six numbers that show that. Why six? There’s a duplicate number, of course.
4: The Zips produced a balanced scoring attack with four players scoring in double digits for the game. The best part about it: freshman Kwan Cheatham flashed what coach Keith Dambrot sees in him. Throughout the summer and fall training Dambrot’s consistent refrain consisted of telling me just how good Cheatham could be. He produced a breakout game due to an ankle injury and illness to centers Isaiah Johnson and Pat Forsythe respectively.
16: The Zips continue to share the ball well since the starting lineup changed three games ago. In that span, their assists-to-turnover ratio is 1.1. That’s not especially great, but it beats the sub one ratio that they had. The important factor is that it shows improvement.
35: This is number proved extremely impressive with respect to a Ball State team in which four players averaged double-digit scoring. Against the Zips only center Majok Majok got into that realm with 15 points in the game.
35: That is the number of bench points the Zips grabbed – almost half of the team’s total. Cheatham, as previously mentioned came up with an impressive performance with 14 points and wingman Reggie McAdams added 11. In the process the Zips blocked five shots, got eight steals and held the Cardinals to 27 percent shooting from the three-point line.
48: The Zips shot 48 percent on the night. The figure speaks for itself.
93: The Zips hit 13-of-14 free throws, which is huge for this team. This one cannot be discounted. If this team – which has been shooting about 62 percent from the charity stripe can correct this area, they have licked one of their primary deficiencies. Until recently the other had been team chemistry, but it looks as if that’s been corrected.