Kent State vs Akron

Defending champ Akron back in MAC final


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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Kent State (21-11)363874
Akron (22-10) «413778
KENTST:R. Holt 21 Pts
KENTST:J. Greene 8 Reb
KENTST:M. Porrini 9 Ast
AKR:N. Cvetinovic 15 Pts
AKR:Z. Marshall 8 Reb
AKR:B. Walsh 4 Ast

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Kent StateAkron
Justin Greene
Nikola Cvetinovic
Kent State Golden Flashes
M. Porrini, G384-113-569411
J. Greene, F376-118-981120
R. Holt, G357-133-521421
C. Guyton, G281-30-02142
J. Manns, C233-32-25128
E. Gaines, G162-33-31148
P. Jackson, F121-10-02112
C. Evans, F101-40-00002
B. Frank, G10-00-00000
M. Henniger, FDid Not Play
K. Brewer, GDid Not Play
D. Manley, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-4919-2426152074
Akron Zips
A. Abreu, G363-64-624313
N. Cvetinovic, F316-121-142115
B. Walsh, G281-82-46445
C. Gilliam, F243-43-423311
Z. Marshall, C233-42-58158
Q. Diggs, G-F224-80-01208
N. Harney, F144-64-460212
D. Treadwell, F122-42-43046
B. McClanahan, G100-40-02010
K. Petersen, GDid Not Play
C. Oldham, FDid Not Play
J. Egner, FDid Not Play
D. Ibitayo, GDid Not Play
B. Justice, GDid Not Play
Totals 26-5618-2834162378
EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Bowling Green0-07-4187
Miami (Ohio)0-06-4107
Kent St.0-05-5264
WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
C. Michigan0-08-157
E. Michigan0-07-2232
Ball St.0-06-475
N. Illinois0-06-4204
W. Michigan0-06-4169
Other games
UMass 77 Final
Temple 71
Iowa 75 Final
Mich St 92
MD 69 Final
NC 85
LSU 51 Final
Kentucky 60
Indiana 71 Final
Wisc 79
Alabama 63 Final
Florida 66
Minn 69 Final
Michigan 73
VT 56 Final
Cincinnati 71 Final
Syracuse 68
Baylor 81 Final
Kansas 72
Purdue 71 Final
Ohio St 88
Colo St 69 Final
Miami-FL 71 Final
Florida St 82
Louisville 64 Final
ND 50
Texas 67 Final
Missouri 81
N Mexico 72 Final