Arkansas-Pine Bluff has had 10 days to figure out how to maintain a fast start on the basketball court.
The last time the Golden Lions played a game, they had Air Force down 12-0 on its own court, hitting five of its first seven shots and poised early on to win a second nonconference game in a season for the first time under fifth-year coach George Ivory.
But the Lions committed 21 turnovers in the game, shot 33 percent from the field in the second half and gave up an 18-0 run that aided the Falcons in a 65-49 victory.
Just another early-season loss on the road for the Lions (1-8).
Tonight, they will try to end a six-game losing streak with a win over an Akron program that has never lost to UAPB in three previous meetings. Tipoff in the hometown of NBA superstar LeBron James is set for approximately 7 p.m. Central.
The Zips, who seek to end a two-game skid, have been on the road almost as much as the Lions have this season, playing six of their first eight away from home. But tonight’s game marks the start of a six-game home stand.
In the month of December, Akron has been tough at home under coach Keith Dambrot, winning 27 of 30 games in his nine seasons. Dambrot also is four wins away from his 300th career victory and 12 shy of his 200th at Akron.
The Zips rank 19th nationally in three-point baskets made per game with 8.6 and have connected on fewer than six just once this season. Junior forward Demetrius “Tree” Treadwell (10.2 points per game) is one of the scoring leaders on the team, coming off a 20-point, eight-rebound effort in an 80-77 loss at Detroit on Saturday to earn MAC Player of the Week honors.
Seven-foot senior center Zeke Marshall (11.4) leads the team in scoring, followed by 5-11 junior guard Alex Abreu (10.5).
UAPB (1-8) at Akron (4-4)
• When: 7 p.m. today
• Where: James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio
• Radio: Online at SportsRadio1350.com
• Webcast: GoZips.com
• Series: Akron leads 3-0 (last meeting Akron 87, UAPB 64, on Dec. 15, 2011)