Cheatham Jr. leads Akron over Northern Illinois 76-66

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) Kwan Cheatham Jr. didn't miss a shot and scored 18 points to help Akron beat Northern Illinois 76-66 on Tuesday night.

Cheatham was 5 of 5 from the floor, and made four 3-pointers and four free throws. Antino Jackson and Isaiah Johnson added 13 points apiece for the Zips (16-4, 5-2 Mid-American Conference), who have won three straight.

Marshawn Wilson scored 15 points to lead Northern Illinois (16-4, 5-2). Aaric Armstead and Travon Baker each added 10 points.

Michael Orris's layup pulled the Huskies to a 56-all tie with 5:21 to play. Cheatham answered with a 3-pointer, sparking a 15-4 run and the Zips led 71-60 with 56 seconds left. Cheatham made two 3-pointers and Jackson scored five points, and the Huskies missed four shots and had a turnover during the stretch.