Akron Posts 87-64 Victory Over Northern Illinois

GO HUSKIES Zach Pancratz led NIU with 13 points and seven rebounds against Akron.
GO HUSKIES
Zach Pancratz led NIU with 13 points and seven rebounds against Akron.
GO HUSKIES

Jan. 24, 2007

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DeKALB, Ill. - Dru Joyce scored 18 points to lead five players in double-figures as Akron used 62 percent shooting in the second half to post an 87-64 victory over Northern Illinois Wednesday night at the Convocation Center.

The Zips (14-4, 5-1) finished the first half with a 21-5 run and took a 35-26 lead into the break. From there, the visitors converted 21-of-34 field goal attempts, including 56 percent three-point shooting, and led by as many as 29 in the win.

Cedrick Middleton scored 15 points while Romeo Travis and Jeremiah Wood each had 12 and Nate Linhart chipped in 10 for the Zips, who notched their fifth consecutive victory. Akron committed just four turnovers on the night.

NIU (4-14, 1-5) took an early lead and led by as many as seven with under six minutes remaining in the first half. The Huskies held a 35-33 rebound edge but shot 44 percent for the game.

Zach Pancratz paced NIU with 13 points, including three-for-four shooting from beyond the arc, and totaled a team-high seven boards. Bristan Kelley converted five-of-six field goal attempts on his way to a career-high 11 points off the bench. James Hughes and Ryan Paradise had 10 points each.

"This is a tough stretch," NIU head coach Rob Judson said. "It's easy to become frustrated quickly. With our group, we have to do everything we can to keep getting better. We have a lot of season left, a lot of opportunity and we have to stay focused on the opportunity and seize every chance we have to play."

The Huskies are back in action Saturday when they host Kent State at 2 p.m.

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