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.Ivo Baltic added 17 points and DeVaughn Washington had 11 for the Bobcats, who won their fifth straight and ninth in their last 11.Alex Abreu scored 11 for the Zips, who had won seven in a row.