The Zips knew the importance of entering their upcoming six-game stretch against teams from weaker Mid-American Conference West Division with some momentum.
Akron suffered a tough road loss to Buffalo on Jan. 18, then trailed 42-34 at home to rival Kent State on Jan. 21. The Golden Flashes finished the opening half with a 19-6 run, seemingly taking control of the game.
"We got punched in the gut, and I didn't know if we were going to recover or not. We just emotionally looked like we were done," Akron coach Keith Dambrot said.
The Zips responded as a veteran team should, with a dominating second-half effort, utilizing a 28-6 run to post an 84-75 triumph over Kent State.
"We realized that we can't give up that many points in the first half," Akron guard Chauncey Gilliam said. "We looked up at the scoreboard, and I think it was 42 points we gave up in the first half. That's unacceptable, so we had to kick it up a little bit."
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