The Mastodons (25-10) advance to the second round of the CIT and will play Virginia Military Institute (20-12) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Lexington, Va.
IPFW shot 60 percent from the field and hit 12-of-22 from three-point range. Five Mastodons scored in double figures, led by Luis Jacobo, who hit 10-of-14 shots and scored 23 points. Steve Forbes added 17, Mo Evans 15, Michael Kibiloski 12 and Pierre Bland 10. Kibiloski hit two big three-point shots in a stretch where the Dons seized control.
Demetrius Treadwell led Akron (21-13) with 26 points and Quincy Diggs scored 23.