DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Antino Jackson and Isaiah Johnson combined to score 31 of their 43 points in the second half and Akron overcame a 14-point, second-half deficit to win its 12th game in a row, 76-73, over Northern Illinois on Tuesday night.
Jackson hit four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points while Johnson scored 22 – 16 after the break. Noah Robotham added 10 points and Kwan Cheatham Jr. had nine with 11 rebounds.
Johnson made back-to-back layups to put Akron (19-3, 9-0 Mid-American Conference) in front, 66-65, for the first time with 3:50 to play. He then hit two free throws before Robotham added a jumper and the Zips led by five with two minutes left. Dontel Highsmith made a pair of foul shots and Marin Maric added a third to pull Northern Illinois to 70-68 with 54 seconds remaining but Jackson and Robotham combined to make 6 of 6 free throws in the final 23 seconds to seal it.
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Maric had 18 of his 23 points, and Aaric Armstead scored 11 of his 13, in the first half and Northern Illinois (13-9, 5-4) led by as many as 15 before taking a 47-33 lead into the break.
Jackson hit back-to-back 3s to cap a 12-5 run to open the second half and cut Akron’s deficit to 52-45 with 15:45 to go.