Persons scores 15 to lead Ball State past Akron 57-56
Daniel Utomi scored 21 for the Zips (14-11, 6-6). Loren Cristian Jackson added 11 points and his two free throws with 26 seconds left put Akron on top 56-55. Tyler Cheese had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Ball State faces Miami (Ohio) on the road on Tuesday. Akron takes on Bowling Green on the road on Tuesday.