The Zips shot 53.2 percent from the field (33 of 62) and 37.5 percent from the 3-point line (9 of 24), while the Vikings hit only 34.6 percent (18 of 52) and 25 percent (5 of 20).
The Zips also won the rebound battle 43-23.
Akron led 23-11 midway through the first half and cruised to a 42-25 advantage at the break due in large part to outscoring Norfolk State 20-6 in the paint and holding an 11-5 lead in turnovers.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.