Scores

Final

Kent State 74

(21-11, 10-6 MAC)

Akron 78

(22-10, 13-3 MAC)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    7:00 PM ET, March 9, 2012

    Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

    1 2 T
    KENT 36 3874
    AKR 41 3778

    Top Performers

    Kent State: J. Greene 20 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Akron: N. Cvetinovic 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Akron 78, Kent St. 74

    Associated Press

    CLEVELAND -- Nikola Cvetinovic scored 15 points and Alex Abreu made two free throws with 15 seconds left, giving top-seeded Akron a 78-74 win over rival Kent State in the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament on Friday night.

    The defending champion Zips (22-10) held off a late rally by the Golden Flashes (21-11) to advance to their record sixth straight title game. They'll play the Ohio-Buffalo semifinal winner Saturday for the MAC's automatic NCAA tourney bid.

    Akron swept all three games from their nearest conference neighbors for the first time since 2007.

    Kent State senior guard Michael Porrini had boldly predicted the Golden Flashes would win. He finished with 11 points and nine assists, but sat crying on the bench after the final horn sounded.

    Randal Holt scored 21 points and Justin Greene 20 for Kent State.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    KENT
    AKR
    Points 74 78
    FG Made-Attempted 25-49 (.510) 26-56 (.464)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-12 (.417) 8-20 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-24 (.792) 18-28 (.643)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 13

    2011-12 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Jan 21, 2012 @AKR 84, KENT 75Recap
    Mar 2, 2012 AKR 61, @KENT 55Recap
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