Zips Fail to Blast Off Against the Rockets

The Akron Zips welcomed the leaders in the MAC West, Toledo, to the JAR on Feb. 3rd. However, their losing streak continues to roll as they lost 77-56.

The Toledo Rockets were a familiar foe to John Groce and company, as earlier in the year they dispatched the Zips in Toledo, winning 65-67. This game was not as close as the first.

In the first half of action the Zips came out hot starting off the game on a 7-0 run. Toledo managed to bounce back, and managed to take a 27-18 lead with a little under 5 minutes left. All signs early on pointed to the Rockets maintaining a lead for the rest of the game.

This was before Daniel Utomi and Vershon Cotton hit three 3’s in a row to cut the Rockets’ lead to only 2 points. However, Toledo was able to recover taking a 35-27 lead into the halftime period.

In the first meeting in January, the player that sealed the win for Toledo was Jae’lan Sanford, who scored a game high 22 points for the Rockets. In this game he continued to be a thorn in the Zips’ side, putting together a solid stat line of 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

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