AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Reserve Cedrick Middleton scored 25 points and sparked the run that pulled Akron ahead for good in a 78-68 victory over Kent State on Wednesday.
Kent State was leading 59-58 when Middleton converted a 3-point play with 8:22 left, starting a 19-4 run that gave the Zips (12-4, 3-1 Mid-American) a 77-63 lead with 1:39 to go. Middleton, who had a 3-pointer and a layup in the stretch, finished 6-for-9 on 3s.
Free throws made the difference as the Golden Flashes (9-8, 2-2), with two starters in foul trouble, converted three of only six attempts while the Zips went 23-for-34 from the line. Kent State's Omni Smith fouled out.