Akron 87, Buffalo 69

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) -- Nick Dials scored 22 of his career-high 24 points in the first half to lead Akron in an 87-69 win over Buffalo Thursday in the Mid-American Conference.

Dials was 8-of-13 from the field in the first half, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, as the Zips (23-6, 12-3 MAC) led by as many as 25 points in the first half after Dials drained a 3-pointer and an ensuing free throw to give Akron a 46-21 lead with two minutes left in the first half.

Dials' previous career high came just three days earlier, when he netted 23 points in an 87-74 victory at Duquesne.

Cedrick Middleton had 15 points for the Zips, while Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce added 13 points apiece for Akron, which has won three in a row.

Buffalo (11-18, 3-12) was led by Yassin Idbihi's 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulls, whose only lead was a 2-0 advantage, received 10 points apiece from Parnell Smith and Andy Robinson.

Buffalo, which never got any closer than 10 points in the second half, has lost four straight and six of its last seven.