The Akron blue and gold must be a soothing sight for Northern Illinois shooters.
For the second-straight year, an underdog Huskies team knocked off Akron with a tremendous shooting performance. Northern Illinois shot 48 from the field and beat the Zips, 83-79.
Akron went on a 16-0 run midway through the second half to reduce Northern Illinois' 19-point lead to three. The Huskies extended the lead and were ahead by nine with only four minutes to play.
A Brett McKnight jump shot tied the game with 1:40 left. Jake Anderson retook the lead for NIU with a three-point play.
Chris McKnight made a layup to cut the lead to one. Akron fouled Anderson, who made both free throws. Chris McKnight missed an open three-point attempt to tie the game. Anderson sealed the game with two made free throws.
Anderson led NIU with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Nate Linhart scored 19 for Akron.
I had a feeling that the Zips were due to lose a winnable game. It is a young team, and these losses happen to even experienced squads. Last year, for example, Western Michigan creamed the Zips by 20.
The Zips play next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at home against Miami. Tomorrow, I will break down the remainder of the MAC regular season.