The University of Akron men’s basketball team struggled its way to a 66-63 loss against the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Tuesday night in Ashwaubenon, Wis.
Guard Antino Jackson and center Pat Forsythe led the Zips with 14 points each. Jake Kretzer followed with 13 points. Charles Cooper led the way for the Phoenix with 14 points.
The Zips couldn’t generate much in the way of offensive flow and turned to grinding it out. Although tied at 33-33 at the half, UA was out of sorts, getting beat on the boards and turning the ball over 17 times, leading to 12 Green Bay points.
UA shot 35 percent from the floor to Green Bay’s 33 percent. The Zips were outrebounded 52-45 by the Phoenix.
After Green Bay built its second-half lead to eight, the Phoenix appeared to be putting the game away. UA came back to take its first lead of the second half — albeit a brief one — when Jackson connected on a 3-point shot with six minutes left, making the score 56-55. Green Bay regrouped to hang on for the win.
Given the circumstances, the Zips were fortunate to be tied at the half. Each team struggled early, but UA more so.
The Zips put the Phoenix in the bonus at the 13:02 mark of the first half.
The Zipsmade just 39 percent of their shots, and they trailed by as many as nine points at 31-22 at 3:45 in the first half before outscoring Green Bay 11-2 to close out the first half.