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Kent State men win MAC crown, earn berth in NCAA tourney

Published: March 15, 2017 1:00 AM
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The Kent State University men's basketball team (22-13) won last week's Mid-American Conference tournament title and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament.

The Golden Flashes will face UCLA (29-4) in the first round of the tourney March 17 in Sacramento, Calif. KSU beat Central Michigan 116-106, Buffalo 68-65, Ohio U. 68-66 and Akron 70-65 to claim its first MAC title since 2008.

KSU's Jaylin Walker earned the tournament's most valuable player award, and Jimmy Hall also was named to the all-tourney team.

Against CM, Hall tallied 33 points, Walker had 29, Jalen Avery 24, Deon Edwin 17 and Mitch Petersen 10. Against Buffalo, Hall tallied 24 points, Edwin had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Walker added 12 points.

Against Ohio U, Hall had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Kevin Zabo had 15 points, Walker 9 and Petersen 8. Against Akron, Walker canned 30 markers, Hall had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Edwin and Zabo each had 8.

Meanwhile, the KSU women's team (19-12) bowed out of the MAC tourney in its first game, losing to Toledo 67-63.


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