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Kent State downs Ball State 76-73 in MAC quarterfinals

CLEVELAND (AP) Jalen Avery hit a driving layup with 24 seconds left and Jaylin Walker scored 19 points as defending champion Kent State, the fifth-seed moved into the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference Tournament with a 76-73 win over fourth-seeded Ball State on Thursday.

Adonis De La Rosa scored 13 of his 17 points on free throws for the Golden Flashes (17-16), who will play top-seeded Buffalo in Friday's first semifinal. The Bulls advanced with an 89-74 win over Central Michigan.

Walker was the tourney's MVP last year when the Golden Flashes knocked off the top three seeds.

With the Golden Flashes clinging to a one-point lead, Avery darted through traffic and scored to make it 74-71. Ball State's Tahjai Teague missed a 3-pointer and Walker dropped a free throw to put Kent State up four.

Tayler Persons, who scored 19 points, hit a runner to pull the Cardinals within 75-73 before Kent State guard Kevin Zabo split a pair of free throws, giving Ball State one last chance.

However, the Cardinals (19-13) couldn't get a clean look as the horn sounded.

Avery and Kevin Zabo scored 16 apiece for the Flashes, who split their two games with Buffalo during the regular season.

Teague added 17 and 12 rebounds for Ball State.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Kent State 17-16 393776
home team logo Ball State 19-13 393473
Team Stats
away team logo Kent State 17-16 82.2 PPG 40.4 RPG 16.0 APG
home team logo Ball State 19-13 81.1 PPG 40.1 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
23
J. Walker 24.5 PPG 5.5 RPG 1.8 APG 44.6 FG%
2
T. Persons 16.9 PPG 4.0 RPG 5.3 APG 45.0 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Starters
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Bench
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Starters
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Starters
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Bench
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB