Akron 68, Kent St. 54

AKRON, Ohio -- Brett McKnight scored 29 points to lead Akron over visiting Kent State 68-54 on Saturday.

McKnight led all scorers while only playing 24 minutes. Chris McKnight added 11 points for the Zips.

Akron (10-8, 2-3) scored 21 points off 18 Kent State turnovers, achieving a 14-point halftime advantage it wouldn't relinquish despite a more competitive second half.

Kent State (8-11, 1-4) shot a paltry 28 percent (8-of-29) from the field in the first half, digging an early hole that couldn't be overcome by a stronger second half. The Golden Flashes pulled ahead by one point with about 8:20 in the final period but then Akron went on a run to close out the game.

Anthony Simpson led Kent State with 16 points and 16 rebounds.