Akron improves to 5-0 in the MAC over Ohio 83-68

The Akron Zips Men’s basketball defeated the Ohio Bobcats 83-68 at James A Rhodes Arena on Tuesday night. Akron is now 9-0 at home, and are currently on an eight game winning streak. The Zips were lead by senior forward Kwan Cheatham who totaled 17 points, 13 rebounds, and three assists. Junior guard Jimond Ivey and senior center Isaiah Johnson both scored 15 points, and junior guard Antino Jackson added 11 points. Akron shot very well from the field in the second half making 18 of 30 shots (60%).

The bench for the Zips contributed a much needed 19 points. Daniel Utomi had eight points and has been playing very well as of late, and is shooting 55.0% from the 3 point-line. Emmanuel Olojakopke threw down two powerful alley oop slams for his only four points, while Tavian Dunn Martin scored five points. In the first half, it was relatively close and at halftime the Zips led the Bobcats only by three, 38-35. After halftime the Zips took control and went on to get their 26th consecutive home victory.

Akron will play at home on Friday night against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at 7 pm. The Eagles average about 82 points per game and are 4 and 1 in MAC conference play. Akron will look to stay undefeated in the MAC.

Below is the press conference with head coach of Ohio Saul Phillips who comments on the loss to Akron, and how is players did overall. Also head coach for Akron Keith Dambrot, Jimond Ivey, and Kwan Cheatham talk about the win and their mindset going into the MAC tournament.

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Cavs Return to the Q, Blast Suns in Shootout

CLEVELAND- The Cavs returned home after a grueling west coast trip to take on the Phoenix Suns Thursday night and would easily grab a 118-103 victory.

 

With Kevin Love out, Ty Lue turned to the veteran James Jones for the start, and he would answer the call. Jones, who came into the game averaging 2.6 points a game, put up 8 points in the first quarter, including two three pointers.

 

He would finish with 14 points, but his spark was the real impact of his minutes.

 

Cleveland would dominate the entire game, lead of course by Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. Irving finished the game with 26 points and 4 assists while James had a near triple double with 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 15 assists.

 

It was the first home game for newly acquired forward Kyle Korver, and he was quick to show The Land his well-known shooting stroke. He finished the game with 9 points, all via the three-point shot.

 

Tristan Thompson had a scare as he dislocated his index finger late in the second quarter. He however would come back for the second half. The Cavs were already without Love, as well as J.R. Smith (thumb), and Chris Andersen (ACL, Out for Season).

 

Despite coming back for the second half, Thompson only played limited minutes. This led the way for Channing Frye to have a big night. Frye had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

 

The young Suns would battle, but did not have the fire power of the Cavaliers. Tyson Chandler led the way for the team from the desert with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe added 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists, while Devin Booker finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists.

 

The Cavs will be back in action Saturday night as they take on the San Antonio Spurs at 8:30 at the Q.

 

James and Irving Heading to NOLA

 

The NBA announced Thursday night that both LeBron and Kyrie will be starters in the upcoming NBA All-Star game in New Orleans.

 

This marks the 13th All-Star selection for LeBron, which is far and away the most of any other starter in the conference.

 

Irving will be making his 4th All-Star appearance. The pair will be joined by Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Cavalier Forward Kevin Love was not selected as a starter for the game. However, he is expected to be selected for the team as a bench player.

 

The 2017 NBA All-Star Game will be played on February 19th this year.

 

For more information on this and other Cavalier info, visit Cavs.com.

A Closer Look at Mr. Cavalier

“Throw the hammer down!”, and “Deeeeeeep in the Q!” are common catchphrases that many acknowledge while watching a Cleveland Cavaliers game. Numerous spectators in Ohio, and even across the country watch the games but are not mindful of the man that announces them. For those who do not know, his name is Austin Carr. Not only was he a player for the Cavs, but also a college basketball legend at Notre Dame.

Basketball was not the main priority in his life nonetheless, education was in his roots from the start. His father was a hard working man, and pushed for him to get his degree and this became a priority in his life. The deans list was attained in his senior year, and that meant more to Austin than being a premier basketball player. He remained in college until his senior year, and graduated from Notre Dame with pride.

Austin was inducted into The Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, with a renowned career. 61 points, and 25 made field goals in a game is the record for the NCAA Tournament and this feat was accomplished by Austin Carr. This game was against Ohio University, and he did it without a three-point line. In his seven game career in the tournament, he averaged 41.3 points per game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers later drafted him as the number one overall draft pick in 1971, and he averaged 15 points per game over a ten-year span. Injuries plagued Austin’s career in the NBA but shortly after his career, he became the full-time announcer for the Cavs.

To learn more about Austin, and the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, click on the sound cloud link below.

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Akron Finishes off Western Michigan 66-59

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The Zips are now 2-0 in Mac Conference Play, and Friday night they won their 25th straight home game at James A. Rhodes Arena.  Akron played sloppy throughout the game but were able to come up with the win. Senior Center Isaiah Johnson led the team in points with 16, he also added an impressive 13 rebounds, three assists, and one block. As a team Akron shot just 25-56 (44.6%) from the court, and committed 12 turnovers.

Jimond Ivey had another strong game scoring 13 points, four rebounds, and one steal where he was able to get an easy dunk late in the second half. Akron was able to escape with the victory because of a late three pointer with 1:10 left in the game from Senior forward Kwan Cheatham. He had a total of 14 points, seven rebounds, and one assist. Freshman point guard Tavian Dunn-Martin also helped with the scoring for the Zips by knocking down two key three pointers. Currently this season Akron is shooting 38.6 percent from 3 point range, but shot their worst percentage only making 7 of 29 (24.1%) three pointers. Akron was able to hold off Western Michigan by going on a 7-0 run in the closing minutes of the game.

Akron is away at Central Michigan Tuesday night at 7 pm at the McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The Chippewas are 9 and 3 on the season and are led by junior guard Marcus Keene, who scored 22 points in a loss in their last game to Eastern Michigan.

Below is the press game conference after the game with head coach for the Western Michigan Broncos Steve Hawkins on his opinion of each of his players effort, and how Akron was able to finish the game. Also, head coach for Akron Keith Dambrot talks about what he saw from the game. Lastly, Kwan Cheatham comments on his last second three pointer, his thoughts overall of the game, and mindset going into the Central Michigan game.

 

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https://soundcloud.com/wzip/akron-head-coach-keith-dambrot-press-confrence-western-michigan

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