Akron capped the first half with a 10-2 lead to take a 37-36 lead over Illinois-Chicago at intermission.
The Zips looked awful on the boards early, at one point trailing 21-10 in rebounding. At halftime, the discrepancy is 26-19.
T.J. Gray kept the Flames ahead by making three 3-pointers. Josh Mayo also has nine points. Scott VanderMeer, a 6-foot-11 Bowling Green transfer, has grabbed six rebounds for UIC.
Akron is winning because the team shot 45 percent, compared to UIC's 34 percent. Despite being shorter than the Flames' front line, Romeo Travis has used his quickness to score 13 points. Nick Dials has made all three of his 3-point attempts. The Zips also have done a fine job limiting Othyus Jeffers, who is 2-for-8 with five points.