AKRON, Ohio – The Akron Zips had their five-game winning streak snapped on Saturday following a 75-61 loss to the Toledo Rockets in a matchup between Mid-American Conference Division leaders at James A. Rhodes Arena.
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak against the Rockets and an 18-game winning streak against the MAC's West Division for the Zips.
Akron (11-6, 3-1 MAC) closed the game shooting 41.7 percent from the floor (20-of-48) and 26.3 percent from long range (5-of-19). The Zips were out-rebounded 42-28 and committed 13 turnovers to 11 by the Rockets.
Julius Brown led Toledo (15-2, 3-1 MAC) with 25 points.
Treadwell opened the second half on fire, scoring Akron's first eight points to close the gap to 43-36 with 15:50 to go. Treadwell would score two more points before Isaiah Johnson's free throw with 14:26 was the first point of the half not scored by Treadwell.
Toledo answered every early Akron basket, then opened up a 53-39 by the 12:35 mark, forcing the Zips to call a timeout. With Toledo leading 60-42 with 9:32 to go, the Zips forced two turnovers and put together a 6-0 run to force the Rockets into a called timeout with 7:47 on the clock (60-48).
A Harney free throw made it 60-49 with 6:00 remaining, but the Zips would not be able to overcome the deficit.
The game opened with a series of runs, including 6-0 by Toledo to open the game and 7-0 by Akron to take its first lead of the game (12-11) heading into the under-12 media timeout (11:42). The Zips' run was sparked by back-to-back steals on defense leading to a long ball by Kretzer and a fastbreak dunk by Quincy Diggs.
Toledo opened up a 25-17 lead by the 6:20 mark, but Kretzer's second 3-pointer of the half ended the Akron drought (5:26). Kretzer hit his third 3-pointer on Akron's next possession, followed by a Diggs long ball one possession later, to cut the deficit to 30-26 by the final media timeout.
The Rockets would close the period on a 7-2 run to take a 37-28 lead into the locker room. Akron closed the half shooting 47.6 percent from the floor (10-of-21) and 57.1 percent from long range (4-of-7), but committed nine turnovers and was out-rebounded 22-10.
The Zips hit the road for a two-game road trip beginning on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Eastern Michigan. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. ET and the game will air live on TWC Sports Channel.
Zips Notebook: Akron's last loss to a team from the MAC's West Division came on Feb. 2, 2011, at Eastern Michigan ... Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell now has 15 career double-doubles ... the Zips played host to the Second Annual LeBron James Family Foundation Day ... Akron honored 337 student-athletes that we named to the Dean's List during the spring and fall semesters last year ... Director of Basketball Operations Dan Peters, who is on personal leave while being treated for pancreatic cancer, was on the bench for today's game.