ATHENS, Ohio -- D.J. Cooper scored 25 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, to lead Ohio over Akron 80-55 on Tuesday night.
The Bobcats (17-13, 9-6 Mid-American Conference) shot 51.8 percent from the field in the game (29 of 56) and 56.3 percent in the first half (18 of 23). They led 44-22 at halftime, holding the Zips (19-11, 9-6) to just 9-of-27 shooting before the break.
Tied at 18, Ohio outscored Akron 20-2 over a 16:17 stretch in the first half. Ricardo Johnson's jumper capped the spurt that saw the Bobcats go 9 of 11 from the field, while holding Akron to 1-of-10 shooting.
Ohio outrebounded the Zips 40-21, leading to 19 second-chance points and 31 points in the paint.
Alex Abreu scored 11 for the Zips, who had won seven in a row.