Kent St. 76, W. Michigan 72

Justin Greene scored 23 points and Randal Holt added 13 as Kent

State advanced to the semifinals of the Mid-American Conference

tournament by beating Western Michigan 76-72 on Thursday night.

The fourth-seeded Golden Flashes (21-10) will play heated rival

and top-seeded Akron in Friday’s semifinals. The Zips won both

meetings between the schools during the regular season.

With Kent State leading 58-49, WMU’s Matt Stainbrook missed an

easy layup and then compounded his mistake by elbowing Kent State’s

Michael Porrini in the face after a bucket at the other end. The

officials reviewed TV replays before ejecting Stainbrook for the

flagrant foul.

The Golden Flashes scored six straight to open a 66-49 lead and

were able to hang on after Western Michigan closed within three in

the final seconds.

Demetrius Ward led Western Michigan with 16 points.