Men's Basketball Handles John Carroll in Exhibition Action

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AKRON, Ohio – Behind 20 points from junior transfer Chancey Gilliam, The University of Akron men's basketball team handled visiting John Carroll, 84-62 in exhibition action Thursday at James A. Rhodes Arena.

Gilliam shot 7-of-9 from the field, 3-of-4 from behind the arc, and grabbed six rebounds. Seniors Brett McClanahan and Nikola Cvetinovic also scored in double figures with 11 points each.

As a team, UA shot 31-of-54 (57.4 percent) from the floor and held the Blue Streaks to just 20-of-71 (28.2 percent) shooting on the night. The Zips were deadly from long-range, knocking down 6-of-15 from behind the arc.

Akron jumped out to a 10-0 lead behind three-pointers from McClanahan and Cvetinovic to force JCU into an early timeout.

After trading baskets until the score was 23-12 in favor of the Zips, Nick Harney sparked another Akron run with an acrobatic, one-handed tip-in. UA would score 10 of the next 15 points to stretch the lead to 35-17 before a Mark Hestor trey momentarily stopped the bleeding.

From there, Akron would take a 41-25 lead into the break. Alex Abreu, Cvetinovec and Chauncey Gilliam all scored seven points in the half. Zeke Marshall hauled in five first-half rebounds.

Gilliam reached double figures just a minute into the second half when he drained a three from the corner. Marshall then slammed home an alley-oop to stretch the Akron lead to 20, 49-29, with 15:00 to play. McClanahan followed that with a steal and a fast break lay-up in traffic to ignite Akron after a slow start to the second half.

Akron continued to build its lead by dominating the paint with Harney, Marshall and Demetrius Treadwell all scoring buckets in the lane. Gilliam then added a trey and lay-in from the left side of the lane to cap off his excellent offensive night.

The Zips begin regular season play next Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Mississippi State as part of the 2K Sports Classic. The game will air live on ESPNU at 7:00 p.m.