FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Akron scored a season-high 91 points but struggled on the defensive end as the Zips fell 97-91 at IPFW in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Wednesday.
Akron (21-13) also shot a season-high 64.3 percent from the field (36-of-56) but allowed IPFW (25-10) to connect on 60.0 percent from the field (33-of-55), including 54.5 percent from long range (12-of-22).
Demetrius "Tree" Treadwell led all players with 25 points en route to tying the single-game school record for field goal percentage, hitting 11-of-12 from the field (.917). He added five boards and three assists. Quincy Diggs added 23 points while Nick Harney finished with 12 points.
Luis Jacobo led five Mastodons in double figures with 23 points.
The Zips opened the second half the same way as the first, this time hitting seven of their first 11 shots heading into the under-12 media timeout (11:15). Akron would lead by one (63-62) with 11:15 to go.
The Mastodons would open an 85-78 lead with 3:57 left on the clock, the largest lead by either team to that point. IPFW's lead would grow to as many as 12 points heading into the final minute. Back-to-back buckets by Diggs would make it a 91-84 game with 54.8 on the clock.
Akron would get a stop and another bucket by Diggs to cut the lead to 92-86, but the Zips would not be able to overcome the deficit.
The Zips' shooters came out red hot to start the game, connecting on 8-of-11 attempts to take a 20-15 lead into the under-12 media timeout (11:53). The hot shooting continued for both teams, as the game would stand tied at 40-all with 2:35 on the first-half clock.
Diggs would draw a foul on a 3-point attempt just before time expired and would hit 2-of-3 to cut the IPFW lead to 47-46 at the half.
The two teams combined to connect on 36-of-56 attempts in the half (64.3) percent as the Zips went 18-of-27 from the field (66.7 percent). Diggs led the Zips with 11 points and five assists while Treadwell added 10 points and three dimes.