DETROIT: The Zips made too many turnovers and too few free throws.
The University of Akron men’s basketball team lost 80-73 to the University of Detroit on Saturday afternoon, suffering its second consecutive defeat and falling to 4-4 on the season.
The resilient Titans forced the visiting Zips into 19 turnovers, scoring 31 points off them. While neither team would win a free-throw contest, the Zips connected on just 50 percent of theirs (11-of-22) and the Titans made 23-of-35 for 63 percent.
Zips forward Demetrius Treadwell led the team with 20 points and eight rebounds, followed by guard Chauncey Gilliam with 16 points and five rebounds.
In two previous games, the Zips were able to contain Titans guard Ray McCallum, holding the impressive point guard to an average of seven points.
Not this time.
McCallum racked up 21 points on 5-of-12 shooting and inflicted further damage by connecting on 10-of-17 shots from the free-throw line.
“You can’t put them on the line 39 times,” Zips coach Keith Dambrot said.
Ultimately, that proved to be just one of several problems on the day.
The Zips opened the game with a 10-0 run, looking like they might run the Titans out of Calihan Hall. The tide gradually turned, though. By the half, the Titans had whittled UA’s lead to 36-33. Just 42 seconds into the second half, Detroit took its first lead.
“We allowed them to stay in the game because we missed some free throws,” Dambrot said. “We had some untimely turnovers and then we didn’t guard at the 3-point line twice.”
Many of those mistakes came with the Zips clinging to a six-point lead.
“If you can get it up to over 10, you have a really good chance to win,” Dambrot said.
The Zips fell behind, and that was it.
“We controlled the game most of the way. We just didn’t finish the job, really,” Dambrot said. “They’ve won 13 games in a row [now 14] here. We had them on the ropes, and we should have won the game.”
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