The road is getting rougher for the University of Akron men’s basketball team.

The Zips (10-11, 3-6 in Mid-American Conference) remained winless (0-7) away from Rhodes Arena after a 79-64 loss to Miami University at Millett Hall in Oxford on Tuesday night.

The Zips jumped on the RedHawks (12-10, 5-4 in MAC) early in the first half, but could not sustain the momentum through to the finish.

Forward Daniel Utomi and guard Malcolm Duvivier led the Zips with 13 points each, followed by Eric Parrish with 10 points.

Dalonte Brown led all scorers with 17 points as five Miami players scored in double figures.

The Zips, playing without two big men (forward Emmanuel Olojakpoke and forward Jaden Sayles), were forced to play mostly from the outside on offense, a fact that showed in the stats.

Of UA’s 59 shots, 31 came from behind the 3-point line. They made seven for 23 percent. Quite simply, when UA isn’t making 3-pointers on any given night, the probability of a victory decreases significantly. Overall, the Zips shot 41 percent from the floor.

Defensively the Zips did themselves no favors, and Miami took advantage. The RedHawks shot 48 percent from the floor (28-of-58) and 10-of-30 from behind the 3-point line for 33 percent.

The Zips started the game strong, opening a 15-4 cushion at the 14:14 mark and claiming the early momentum. It didn’t last, and the RedHawks erased the deficit and led 41-31 at halftime.

The RedHawks countered with a 12-0 run to tie the score at 24 with 7:53 left in the quarter. The RedHawks also put together a 10-0 run and finished the final 9:41 of the first half outscoring UA 27-7.

The Zips, who started out shooting well, went cold in the latter stages and ended the first half shooting 40 percent and only 24 percent (4-of-17) from the behind the 3-point arc.

George M. Thomas can be reached at gmthomas@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Zips blog at www.ohio.com/zips.