Akron 78, Kent St. 74

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


Randal Holt scored 21 points and Justin Greene 20 for Kent