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Akron-UB game analysis

Game analysis: If anyone wondered why freshman Jarod Oldham was on the floor for the last minute of the game they quickly learned why. His steal with 12 seconds remaining and two free throws helped UB down visiting Akron, 73-70.

Why UB won: The Bulls trailed by 10 points with just over 10 minutes left when they started to finally make some shots to chip away at the Zips lead. The Bulls also limited the Zips to just one offensive rebound in the second half after allowing seven in the first 20 minutes. Brett McKnight’s jumper with 2:30 left was Akron’s last field goal of the game.

Turning point: The Bulls took the lead for good with 1:22 left with a three-pointer from the left corner that bounced high off the rim before resting into the net.

Player of the game: A pair of UB slumps came to an emphatic conclusion and there’s no doubt that the end of one skid was directly responsible for the end of the other. After shooting poorly in losses to Bowling Green and Miami, Byron Mulkey scored a game-high 17 points on 6 of 7 shooting, including a career high five three-pointers.

Unsung player of the game: Dave Barnett scored a career best 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting and seven rebounds. He also scored the go-ahead basket.

Stat of the game: UB shot 51.7 percent in the second half, exactly 10 points higher than it did in the first.

He said it: “I knew it was good.’’ – UB’s Dave Barnett on his three-pointer that gave the Bulls the lead for good.

What it means: The Bulls end a two-game slide and win their first league game.

In the house: 1,679 at Alumni Arena.

Next up: vs. Kent State on Wednesday at home.

--Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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