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Akron defeats UNC Greensboro 83-59

Dec 19, 2009 - 2:32 AM AKRON, Ohio(AP) -- Anthony "Humpty" Hitchens scored 14 points and Akron cruised to an 83-59 victory over North Carolina-Greensboro on Friday night.

Hitchens played only 16 minutes, coming off the bench to shoot 6-for-9 from the field for the Zips (6-3), who have won six of their last seven games.

Akron used a 14-0 run, holding the Spartans scoreless for 5:30 early in the first half, to take a double-digit lead. UNC Greensboro (2-7) never got closer than eight and trailed by as many as 32 in the second half.

The Spartans, who have lost three straight, shot 35.3 percent from the field (18-for-51) while the Zips shot 58.9 percent (33-for-56).

Chris McKnight added 12 points for Akron and Brett McKnight and Brett McClanahan had 11 each.

Brandon Evans, a transfer from East Carolina, had 13 points for the Spartans and has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games.