Johnson scores 33, Akron beats Central Michigan 89-85
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) Isaiah Johnson scored a career-high 33 points, including the 1,000th point of his career, Kwan Cheatham Jr. scored 19 with a career-high 13 rebounds, and Akron held off Central Michigan 89-85 on Tuesday night to with its sixth straight.
Trailing 49-41 at halftime, the Chippewas rallied and Marcus Keene tied it at 78 with a free throw with 3:43 left. The lead traded hands before Johnson’s layup and free throw gave Akron an 85-83 edge with 1:23 to go. Johnson blocked Keene’s layup attempt and Antonio Jackson hit a 3 on the Zips’ next possession to make it 88-83.
Raylon Brayson missed a 3 with 12 seconds left for Central Michigan and Cheatham’s free throw made it 89-83.
Josh Williams scored 14 for the Zips (13-3, 3-0 Mid-American).
Keene scored 33 with seven assists and Brayson added 27 for the Chippewas (10-6, 0-3), who saw their six-game home win streak end.