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
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.