Eastern Michigan led the entire second half but Akron made late charge, cutting the Eagles lead to three on a Noah Robotham jumper with 16 second left. But a free throw by Lee and two more by Ward put the game out of reach.
Eastern Michigan shot 53.1 percent from the field and held the Zips (17-8, 8-4) to 32.1 percent. The Eagles rank fifth in the nation in field goal percentage defense (36.8).
Pat Forsythe scored 17 points to lead Akron. Robotham had 15.