AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Romeo Travis led a closing run that swept
Akron to a 76-61 victory over Ohio on Saturday, clinching the Zips'
first 20-win season in 17 years.
Akron (20-7, 13-3 Mid-American) stayed unbeaten at home and
earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament. The Zips are
12-0 this season at home, where they've won their last 17 games
The Zips also achieved their first 20-win season since 1988-89,
when they made their last postseason appearance. Former coach Bob
Huggins led them to the NIT that season, then moved to Cincinnati.
Ohio (16-9, 9-7) fell behind by 12 points midway through the
second half, but cut the deficit to 64-59 on Mychal Green's two
free throws with 3:46 to go. The Bobcats missed their next six
shots and had a turnover.
Romeo's layup ended Ohio's comeback and started a 12-2 closing
run. Romeo also had four free throws in the final spurt, leaving
him with a team-high 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Five Akron players finished in double figures, a balance that
helped the Zips overcome 20 turnovers -- 15 of them in the second
half. Nick Dials scored all of his 11 points in the first half, and
Rob Preston had 10 of his 13 in the first half as well.
Green, who emerged from a deep shooting slump by scoring 35
points in his two previous games, led Ohio with 18 overall. Leon
Williams added 14 points.