Ibitayo's 3-pointer gave Akron a 64-52 lead with 3:44 to play. Bryant answered with a 14-5 run, sparked by two 3-pointers from Dyami Starks and back-to-back 3s from Bosko Kostur and Zach Chionuma, to pull within 69-66 with 22 seconds left. Starks then forced a turnover, but missed the layup.
Ibitayo made a pair of free throws to make it 71-66 with 6 seconds remaining to seal it for Akron (4-2). Kwan Cheatham Jr. added eight points and three blocks for the Zips.
It was the first meeting between the schools.