Published November 15, 2015
KENT, Ohio (AP) Antino Jackson scored 12 points and Reggie McAdams added 10 to help Akron pull away early and hold on to beat Cleveland State 65-53 on Saturday night in a season opener for both teams.
McAdams opened the scoring with a 4-point play and the Zips went on a 17-0 run in the middle of the first half to build a 40-22 lead at the break.
Jackson had five assists and McAdams shot 3 of 3 from 3-point range.
Terrell Hales' dunk and jumper on consecutive possessions pulled Cleveland State within 49-38 midway through the second half.
Akron answered with a 12-2 run capped by McAdams' 3-pointer to lead by 21 with 5:26 left. The Vikings got no closer than the final score from there.
Andre Yates had 13 points and Demonte Flannigan added 11 for Cleveland State.