Akron opened the season with a win over a BCS school.
The Zips played tight defense to beat Mississippi State, 68-58, Wednesday night.
Several newcomers contributed to the effort, including Nick Harney with a thunderous dunk in transition. Quincy Diggs scored a game-high 19.
Akron played with tremendous poise. The individual defense was lacking at points, and there was some sloppiness on offense at times, but the Zips were mostly in mid-season form. Team defense, which Keith Dambrot claims is lagging behind each November, was as good as you can ask for. MSU shot 34.5 percent from the field.
The Bulldogs trailed almost the entire game. Akron built a double-digit lead in the second half and never let Mississippi State come close to pulling even. The Zips all but clinched victory when MSU was called for an offensive foul with two minutes left, down eight.
Akron will play its first regular season home game Saturday at 7 p.m. against Hiram.
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