Scores

Final

W Michigan 72

(14-20, 6-10 MAC)

Kent State 76

(21-10, 10-6 MAC)

    Coverage: FULLCT/ESPN3

    7:00 PM ET, March 8, 2012

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

    1 2 T
    WMU 30 4272
    KENT 35 4176

    Top Performers

    Western Michigan: D. Ward 16 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Kent State: J. Greene 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    Kent St. 76, W. Michigan 72

    Associated Press

    CLEVELAND -- Justin Greene scored 23 points and Randal Holt added 13 as Kent State advanced to the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament by beating Western Michigan 76-72 on Thursday night.

    The fourth-seeded Golden Flashes (21-10) will play heated rival and top-seeded Akron in Friday's semifinals. The Zips won both meetings between the schools during the regular season.

    With Kent State leading 58-49, WMU's Matt Stainbrook missed an easy layup and then compounded his mistake by elbowing Kent State's Michael Porrini in the face after a bucket at the other end. The officials reviewed TV replays before ejecting Stainbrook for the flagrant foul.

    The Golden Flashes scored six straight to open a 66-49 lead and were able to hang on after Western Michigan closed within three in the final seconds.

    Demetrius Ward led Western Michigan with 16 points.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WMU
    KENT
    Points 72 76
    FG Made-Attempted 25-51 (.490) 29-56 (.518)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-21 (.429) 3-13 (.231)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-17 (.765) 15-25 (.600)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 19

    2011-12 Season

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