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Akron Vs. Ohio Score Update: Zips Up 29-28 At Halftime

In a tightly-contested MAC championship game the Akron Zips hold a 29-28 halftime lead over the Ohio Bobcats.

The Zips posted a balanced offensive effort, led by six points apiece by Alex Abreu and Quincy Diggs. Akron shot 42.3 percent from the field, including four of five from three point land. The Zips also held a 13-8 rebounding edge on the Bobcats.

Ohio was paced by guard D.J. Cooper, who poured in a dozen first half points on 5-8 shooting. As a team, the Bobcats managed to get to the free throw line just twice, but kept themselves in the game by forcing eight Akron turnovers.

The winner of tonight's game will earn an automatic birth into the NCAA tournament, while the loser is likely headed to the NIT.

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