Scores

Final

Montana State 60

(0-4, 0-1 away)

Akron 73

(1-3, 1-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 1, 2005

    1 2 T
    MTST 22 3860
    AKR 25 4873

    Akron 73, Montana State 60

    AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Freshman Niki McCoy recorded 21 points and five assists Thursday night, leading Akron to a 73-60 victory over Montana State in Rhodes Arena.

    Montana State (0-4) trailed 43-29 at the 11:55 mark of the second stanza. The Bobcats went on a 23-10 run to close to within 53-52 on a Whitney Connolly three-pointer with 6:57 left.

    Akron (1-3) answered with a 14-5 run over the next five minutes to put the game away.

    "Akron was a lot more physical than we were, and I hate to say that because it deals with effort," MSU head coach Tricia Binford said. "We had a lot of mental breakdowns. We'll regroup tomorrow and look forward to the challenge of Kent State."

    Alyssa Nelson led MSU with a career-matching 18 points. She connected on 7-of-16 from the field, while adding four assists and three steals. Also in double figures for the Bobcats was Jenny Heringer with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.

    For the game, the Bobcats shot 38 percent from the field and had a season-high eight 3-pointers.

    The Zips shot at a 54-percent clip, including a 6-of-11 effort from long distance.

    Akron held a 39-33 advantage under the boards. MSU was led in rebounding by Anne Phippard and Nubia Garcia with seven each.

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