The Akron Zips (1-1) went out west to California and played as if they were still adjusting to the time zone.
A midnight PST start time (3 a.m.) local time did them no favors, but a good portion of why the Zips dropped this game 85-63 to the St. Mary’s Gaels (2-0) was of their own doing.
“We’re just a little young in the backcourt, a little unsettled,” coach Keith Dambrot said. “It’s typical of how we play early in the year.”
Senior forward Demetrius Treadwell led the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds, his first double-double of the season, and center Isaiah “Big Dog” Johnson scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds.
Four Gaels starters, led by forward Brad Waldow with 16 points, scored in double figures in the win.
Plagued by a lack of outside shooting and a plethora of turnovers, the Zips weren’t able to stay with the Gaels in the end.
The Zips shot 37 percent overall for the game, but just as noticeably they connected on 13 percent from the three-point arc. Dambrot said that correcting that is a matter of improving backcourt play.
With any outside threat minimized that allowed the Gaels to focus on the Zips interior offense to not much effect as Treadwell, Johnson and center Pat Forsythe inflicted their share of damage.
After a first half that included a series of back-and-forth runs, the Gaels finally gained some semblance of sustainable momentum at the end of the first period beginning a 10-3 run heading into the intermission with a 38-31 lead.
The Zips came within three points at 47-44 at 13:01of the second half before the bottom fell out. The Gaels went on a 15-1 run over the course of the next four-plus minutes and held the Zips without a field goal in the process. After that the outcome proved inevitable.
Second half loss: Guard Nick Harney left the game in pain during the game and was unable to go back into the game.