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Zabo, Avery help Kent St. beat N. Illinois in MAC tourney

KENT, Ohio (AP) Kevin Zabo had 19 points, including a layup as time expired, and Jalen Avery scored eight of his 13 points in the final seven-plus minutes to help Kent State slip past Northern Illinois 61-59 on Monday night in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament.

Adonis De La Rosa scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Danny Pippen had eight points, eight rebounds and six blocks for Kent State. The fifth-seeded Golden Flashes (16-16) will play No. 4 seed Ball State in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Kent State led by as many as 10 points in the first half and Jaylin Walker's 3-pointer made it 38-29 early in the second. Northern Illinois (13-19) used 19-4 run, including seven points by Levi Bradley, to take a six-point lead with nine minutes left. Dante Thorpe's free throw gave the Huskies a 56-52 lead with 2:27 to play, but Avery hit a 3 and then made two free throws and, after Bradley made a jumper at the other end, Zabo's layup put Kent State up by one with a minute left. Eugene German hit a free throw to tie it with seven seconds remaining before Zabo took the inbound pass coast-to-coast for the winner.

Bradley had 18 points and German scored 12 for No. 12 seed Northern Illinois.

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Key Players
E. German
J. Avery
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
9.6 Pts. Per Game 9.6
3.7 Ast. Per Game 3.7
2.7 Reb. Per Game 2.7
47.5 Field Goal % 41.3
33.7 Three Point % 36.0
74.6 Free Throw % 82.8
+ 2 Kevin Zabo made driving layup 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Adonis De La Rosa 7.0
  Eugene German missed 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
+ 1 Eugene German made 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Shooting foul on Danny Pippen 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin Thomas 14.0
  Jalen Avery missed 3-pt. jump shot 16.0
  Defensive rebound by Kevin Zabo 43.0
  Levi Bradley missed driving layup 45.0
+ 2 Kevin Zabo made finger-roll layup 1:07
+ 2 Levi Bradley made floating jump shot 1:25
Team Stats
Points 59 61
Field Goals 19-54 (35.2%) 22-59 (37.3%)
3-Pointers 7-16 (43.8%) 8-30 (26.7%)
Free Throws 14-16 (87.5%) 9-13 (69.2%)
Total Rebounds 39 36
Offensive 5 8
Defensive 26 24
Team 8 4
Assists 7 11
Steals 4 4
Blocks 0 6
Turnovers 9 7
Fouls 17 15
Technicals 1 1
18 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 3 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo N. Illinois 13-19 253459
home team logo Kent St. 16-16 313061
Team Stats
away team logo N. Illinois 13-19 89.0 PPG 44 RPG 16.0 APG
home team logo Kent St. 16-16 83.0 PPG 53 RPG 14.0 APG
Key Players
42
L. Bradley G/F 17.0 PPG 10.5 RPG 1.0 APG 48.0 FG%
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K. Zabo G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
L. Bradley G/F 18 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
K. Zabo G 19 PTS 3 REB 4 AST
35.2 FG% 37.3
43.8 3PT FG% 26.7
87.5 FT% 69.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Bradley 33 18 6 1 0 0 0 4 6/15 2/4 4/4 2 4
E. German 35 12 1 2 1 0 1 2 4/10 1/2 3/4 0 1
D. Thorpe 37 9 4 0 0 0 3 2 4/9 0/1 1/2 0 4
G. Daow 17 8 1 1 0 0 0 1 3/5 2/3 0/0 1 0
L. James 23 4 6 1 1 0 2 4 0/4 0/0 4/4 1 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Bradley 33 18 6 1 0 0 0 4 6/15 2/4 4/4 2 4
E. German 35 12 1 2 1 0 1 2 4/10 1/2 3/4 0 1
D. Thorpe 37 9 4 0 0 0 3 2 4/9 0/1 1/2 0 4
G. Daow 17 8 1 1 0 0 0 1 3/5 2/3 0/0 1 0
L. James 23 4 6 1 1 0 2 4 0/4 0/0 4/4 1 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
N. McCarty 20 5 5 0 0 0 2 3 1/5 1/3 2/2 1 4
J. Thomas 28 3 8 2 2 0 0 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 8
A. Demogerontas 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
O. Hamilton 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Zelis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Key - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Danowski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Henry-Hayes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Woods - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Oehlberg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 59 31 7 4 0 9 17 19/54 7/16 14/16 5 26
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Zabo 38 19 3 4 2 0 0 1 6/14 2/6 5/7 0 3
J. Avery 34 13 1 4 0 0 1 0 4/9 3/7 2/3 0 1
A. De La Rosa 17 10 8 0 1 0 4 4 4/5 0/0 2/2 2 6
J. Walker 34 9 8 1 0 0 1 2 4/13 1/7 0/0 2 6
D. Pippen 37 8 8 1 1 6 0 5 3/13 2/8 0/0 2 6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Zabo 38 19 3 4 2 0 0 1 6/14 2/6 5/7 0 3
J. Avery 34 13 1 4 0 0 1 0 4/9 3/7 2/3 0 1
A. De La Rosa 17 10 8 0 1 0 4 4 4/5 0/0 2/2 2 6
J. Walker 34 9 8 1 0 0 1 2 4/13 1/7 0/0 2 6
D. Pippen 37 8 8 1 1 6 0 5 3/13 2/8 0/0 2 6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Frederick 14 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/1 2 1
D. Ridenour 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
M. Peterson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
B. Duling 12 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 0
T. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nwankwo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bernstein - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 61 32 11 4 6 7 15 22/59 8/30 9/13 8 24