Loren Cristian Jackson had 26 points as Akron beat UMass 85-79 on Monday night.
Dibaji Walker sank a 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the game to pull UMass to 81-79 but Tyler Cheese and Channel Banks combined to make four straight free throws to seal it.
Banks added 21 points and seven rebounds, and Tyler Cheese scored 14 for Akron (10-3). Camron Reece added eight rebounds. Christian Jackson made three straight 3-pointers to give Akron an early 27-13 lead.
Sean East II scored a season-high 26 points and had six assists for the Minutemen (6-7). Carl Pierre added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Tre Mitchell had 11 points.
Akron plays Eastern Michigan on the road on Saturday. UMass takes on Saint Louis on the road on Sunday.
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