And Akron took advantage of that Marshall defensive effort. Jeremiah Wood's layup with 6:15 left in the first half gave Akron a 28-26 lead, one that the Zips would not relinquish the rest of the game.
"We have some things that are plaguing us, lie one-handed rebounds and the like," Jirsa commented.
Marshall was down only by six, 41-35, at the half.
In the second half, Akron withstood a barage of Marshall runs during the first ten minutes of the half. Enoch Bunch nailed a three-pointer with 12:55 remaining in the game to cap a Marshall 7-0 run and cut the Zips' lead to only two, at 54-52.
Akron countered with a 10-2 run of their own over the next 1:50. That run -combined with a blistering 17-of-23 free throw shooting exhibition (74%)- effectively held off Marshall and extended the Zips lead to the final 16 point margin.
Marshall was led in scoring by guard Enoch Bunch. Bunch came off the bench to drain 17 points in the game, including a 4-of-7 performance from three-point range. Mark Patton added 12 points, the only other Marshall player in double figures.
Akron, meanwhile, relied on all five starters scoring in double figures to seal the win. John Hollingsworth (19), Matt Futch (14), Andy Hipsher (12), Derrick Tarver (11) and Jeremiah Wood (10 points) provided all but 19 of the Zips' output.
Marshall hit 5-of-8 free throws (62.5%) in the game, compared to Akron's staggering 20-of-31 performance (64.5%). Combined with a 62% (29-of-47) shooting night from the field, Akron was deadly.
Marshall and Akron are now deadlocked in the MAC East, both with 4-6 conference records. Akron bumped up to 10-8 overall, while Marshall slid down to a 7-11 overall record.
Next up for The Herd is a Saturday trip to Buffalo, New York and a 2pm game against the UB Bulls.