AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Isaiah Johnson had 16 points and 13 rebounds Friday night and Akron used a strong finish to beat Western Michigan 66-59.
Kwan Cheatham Jr. gave Akron (12-3, 2-0 Mid-American) the lead for good on a 3-pointer 61-58 with 1:10 left. He added a pair of free throws at 44 seconds, and Johnson another pair to make it 65-58 at 28 seconds. It was the Zips’ 25th straight home win.
Western Michigan’s Thomas Wilder and Akron’s Noah Robotham traded single free throws to cap the scoring.
The Broncos (4-10, 0-2) led 48-42 with 12:24 left and Akron scored 11 straight to lead by five on Jimond Ivey’s 3-pointer with 7:46 to go. Wilder and Tucker Haymond hit back-to-back 3s to give the Broncos their last lead at 54-53.
Cheatham finished with 14 points and Ivey 13 for Akron.
Wilder had 17 points, Haymond 13 and Reggie Jones 11 for Western Michigan.
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