The University of Akron men’s basketball team closed out its 2011 Canada trip with an 80-76 victory over defending Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national champion Carleton University on Tuesday night.
Akron concluded its first foreign trip since 1999 with a perfect 5-0 record. The squad finished the trip averaging 87.2 ppg while holding five opponents to just 63.0 ppg (+24.2 ppg).
The Ravens, winners of seven of the last nine CIS national titles, gave the Zips their toughest battle of the trip, trailing Akron by one point with 1:03 left in the game. Akron pushed the lead back to four points (76-72) before a 3-pointer made it a one-point game (76-75) with 20 seconds on the clock. The Zips would ice the game at the free throw line, making four attempts over the final 12 seconds.
Sophomore guard Alex Abreu led the way with 15 points, eight assists and three steals. The eight-assist performance was his second of the trip (8, vs. Sheridan College). Junior forward Chauncey Gilliam and freshman forward Nick Harney chipped in with 12 points each while sophomore guard Brian Walsh had 11 points and freshman guard Demetrius Treadwell finished with 10 points.
Carleton’s Phillip Scrubb led all scorers with 27 points.
Gilliam led the Zips during Akron’s five-game trip, averaging 14.0 ppg while Harney averaged 11.5 ppg. Sophomore forward Josh Egner led the Zips on the glass, averaging 4.25 rpg.
Akron will take Wednesday off before returning to Akron on Thursday.