"I knew I had to get 16 tonight to get it (1,000 rebounds in a career)," VanHoose beamed afterward. "It's just a great feeling to be the second male in school history to be able to do it."
Marshall found themselves jumping out on the Zips throughout the evening, only to watch Akron get right back into the game. Akron was on a four-game win streak coming into the game against Marshall. Latece Williams' layup with 6:44 left in the first half gave the Herd their largest lead of the half -only eight- at 25-17. The Zips took the lead back at 30-29, before another Marshall mini-run enabled the Herd to take a 36-32 lead at the half. Tamar Slay spent most of the first half on the bench with foul trouble, and the normally hot-shooting Ron Blackshear came up empty on his three attempts. Marshall's Latece Williams had the hot hand in the first half, scoring 13 points.
J.R. VanHoose crossed 1,000 rebounds in his career against Akron Tuesday night.
"When Latece gets going, he gets going," said VanHoose of Latece Williams 13 first half points.
In the second half, Slay put his time on the floor to good use. Slay drained three consecutive three-pointers midway through the half, and Marshall suddenly had a solid 16-point lead at 54-38. Once again, the Zips cut that lead to single digits (9) on a Matt Seibert layup with 11:49 remaining.
"We got key stops, and we were able to push the (score) up," said Marshall coach Greg White. "At that point, Slay just took the game over. He was just pure. Everything was flowing for him."
Turning up the game tempo again enabled Marshall to extend their lead to double digits twice more in the second half. J.R. VanHoose's layup with 8:37 left saw the Herd up by 16 again, at 67-51. After another Akron run, Tamar Slay drained his fourth three-pointer of the game with 1:54 left to put the game out of reach for the Zips for good, 76-62. Latece Williams' fast-break dunk sealed the win with only :50 seconds left.
"We're not real good at a fast-shooting game," said Akron coach Dan Hipsher.
Tamar Slay led all MU scorers with 22 points in only 23 minutes of play. Latece Williams score 18 and 8 rebounds, while J.R. VanHoose finished with 15 points and the aforementioned 19 rebounds. Monty Wright made the fourth Marshall player in double figures, with 16 points.
Akron was led by David Falknor's 17 points, most courtesy of the five three-pointers he drained.
With the win, Marshall goes up to 11-10 overall, 5-6 in the MAC. Akron's four-game win streak is halted with the loss, and the Zips stand at 8-14 overall and 4-7 in the MAC.