Akron hot-shot the defensive-minded Ball State Cardinals out of the gym, winning 70-58.
The Zips drilled 47.9 percent of their field goal attempts, including 9-of-18 3-point shots. While Akron made its patented second-half run, Demetrius Treadwell made Jarrod Jones labor. Akron's depth gave the Zips good wind to push the ball in the last 10 minutes of the game, and that was that.
It looks like Akron has a real chance to win the regular season championship. Going into the second batch of MAC East games at 9-1 or 8-2 would make the Zips the favorite down the stretch.
Akron next plays at Central Michigan Saturday at 7 p.m.