Western Michigan vs Kent State

Kent St. 76, W. Michigan 72

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CLEVELAND (AP) - 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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Western Michigan Broncos
F. Whitfield, F365-104-580314
M. Stainbrook, F285-60-032310
M. Douglas, G394-121-318411
D. Ward, G335-123-363416
B. Pokley, G293-60-03148
N. Hutcheson233-55-681213
D. Loney40-00-00020
A. Richie30-00-00000
S. Whittington30-00-00000
M. Conteh20-00-00000
Totals 25-5113-1730152272
 49%76.5% 
Kent State Golden Flashes
J. Greene, F3310-163-794423
J. Manns, F243-42-42048
C. Guyton, G311-40-02212
R. Holt, G305-110-035113
M. Porrini, G303-104-668310
C. Evans235-73-430013
E. Gaines172-30-03034
P. Jackson90-13-40013
K. Brewer30-00-02000
Totals 29-5615-2534191776
 51.8%60% 
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EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Akron6-016-345
Ohio4-212-5133
Buffalo3-39-10161
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Bowling Green2-48-11263
Miami (Ohio)1-58-11276
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E. Michigan4-212-7116
N. Illinois4-212-7202
Ball St.3-312-7227
Toledo3-310-9143
C. Michigan2-412-7148
W. Michigan2-46-12241
 
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