PSU again started quickly. They hit 3s all around, with Lucas hitting 3 of them himself. Scott Morrison had 6 points, and a couple blocks, and Dominguez and Lucas played very well on the offensive side of the ball. However, almost all the starters got into foul trouble, so the Viks didn’t have a chance to extend the leads that they had. Akron committed lots of fouls themselves, so the second half should be dictated by the availability of those players in some way. Close to the end of the half, the Viks went on an 8-0 run, but were unable to maintain the lead going into the half. The Viks were 8-12 from 3 in the first half, and shot 57% overall.
Halftime Score: 36-36
Jeremiah Dominguez started the second half with eight straight points for the Vikings. After the first media timeout, the game became stagnant. During the next four minutes, each team could only muster one bucket, leaving Akron up by 1. The teams went back and forth continuously for most of the half after that. The Vikings reserves continued to be fairly ineffective, and their inability to score and control the ball again impaired their ability to pull away, even though their starters were clearly playing better. Ahead of the next break Lucas threw an alley-oop, which Huff tipped in to put PSU ahead. By this point, PSU had cooled off considerably from the outside, and was having trouble rebounding the ball. Dominguez kept PSU in the game, scoring his 18th point with 3 minutes left in the contest. Lucas started hitting some inside shots in the last few minutes, Akron answered, but Huff stole the ball their next time down and took it back for an emphatic dunk. Dominguez was unable to convert the front end of a 1-and-1 down the stretch, leaving the door open for the Kangaroos, however, they were unable to hit a decent three point look their next time down. Julius Thomas duplicated Dominguez’ effort, but the Zips couldn’t get off a desperation shot.
Final Score: PSU Wins 66-63
Well, I got the three point spread right…