ATHENS, Ohio -- Demetrius Treadwell scored 21 points and Jake Kretzer came off the bench with a career-high 19 as Akron extended its winning streak to 19 games, the nation's longest this season, by defeating Ohio 88-81 in overtime Wednesday night.
The Zips (23-4, 13-0 Mid-American Conference) overcame a 21-3 first-half Ohio run that put them in a 34-16 hole.
Akron had a 15-0 run of its own for a 49-45 lead 6:05 into the second half, but the Bobcats (20-8, 11-2) didn't fold. Jon Smith's layup for Ohio in the final second of regulation sent it to overtime.
Kretzer, who was 4 for 4 in the second half, all 3-pointers, and 6 of 6 overall, began overtime with two free throws and Akron never looked back.
With a trio a top recruits from Philadelphia, the Penn State basketball program is primed to finally turn a corner.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.