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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