Akron blows past Northern Illinois 76-52 in MAC first round

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

AKRON, Ohio — Deji Ibitayo scored 18 points and No. 7 seed Akron beat 10th-seeded Northern Illinois 76-52 on Monday in the first round of the Mid-American Conference tournament.

Akron led by as many as 38, 73-35, with 7:09 remaining before being outscored 17-3.

Reggie McAdams had 15 points and Kwan Cheatham Jr. added 12 for Akron (19-13). Cheatham, McAdams and Ibitayo made three 3-pointers apiece as the Zips hit 14 of 30 from distance.

The Zips made 8 of 14 3-pointers in the first half and led 48-20 at the break.

Aaric Armstead scored 12 points to lead Northern Illinois (14-16). Anthony Johnson added 10 as the Huskies had their four-game winning streak snapped. The Huskies were just 3 of 15 from 3 (20 percent).

Akron advances to play sixth-seeded Western Michigan in the second round on Wednesday.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.