Veteran shooting guard Mario Correia and Jeff Xavier propelled the islanders with 18 points apiece, while Zimbabwe's duo of Eric Banda and Tatenda Maturere came up with 12 points each.
Although Zimbabwe managed a one-point lead early in the game, Cape Verde were in total control of the game.
Turning Point: Vitalis Chikoko fouled out as Zimbabwe trailed 66-60 with 3:36 left to play, resulting in the team losing its dynamism in the paint.
Stats Don't Lie: Cape Verde made only 29 percent of their field goals, but Zimbabwe failed to capitalise from it as a result of their 27 turnovers.
Game Hero: Dimitry Coronel hit 3 of his 5 three-point shots to go with 17 points.
The Bottom Line: Even though Cape Verde had their worst showing in the tournament so far, they managed to remain undefeated moving forward to the Round of 16. As they have shown throughout the tournament, debutants Zimbabwe failed to capitalise from their opponents' mistakes.