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.