By Benjamin Genet
CHARLESTON, S.C — Noah Robotham’s 16 points lead the Zips to a 68-63 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks as the Zips take third place at the Charleston Classic.
For the first time in program history the Zips were able to beat two power five conference teams in the same year. Along with beating the USC Trojans from the Pac Ten on Thursday, they upset SEC power South Carolina Sunday night.
The Zips who took a 30-25 lead into the half were getting beat up inside allowing 16 points in the paint and allowing the Gamecocks to have 15 offensive rebounds.
Akron was able to make the adjustment and keep the Gamecocks in check the second half as South Carolina only grabbed 6 offensive rebounds.
Zips freshmen point guard Noah Robotham had only four points in the first half, but was able to lead them to victory in the second half putting up 12 points.
Robotham didn’t have a great night shooting the ball as he was only 4-11 from the floor, but it was his toughness to drive inside and get to the line shooting 6-8 free throws. The 6’1 point guard had no three pointers in the first half, but hit two of them in the second half on four attempts.
“They’re a good team, they win 22,23,24,25 games a season… they understand what it takes to do that,” said South Carolina head coach Frank Martin.
Beating two power five teams for the first time in the programs history didn’t surprise Zips coach Keith Dambrot.
“We’ve won a lot of games, so we know we can compete with these teams,” Dambrot said.
The Zips will play again Tuesday at 7:30pm as they will be on the road to play another power five team in Penn State, who is from the Big Ten.