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2011 MAC Tournament Results: Kent State Uses Balanced Attack To Down Buffalo 73-62

The Kent St. Golden Flashes are looking to get back to the top of the MAC Conference mountain and coming in as the #1 seed in 2011 is a great start – now they need to produce on the court. The Flashes raced to a 16 point halftime lead, then thwarted a mile Buffalo Bulls comeback attempt to down the #8 seed 73-62 at Quicken Loans Arena.

Using a balanced offense led by Rodriguez Sherman’s 18 points, and a pair of double-doubles – Justin Greene scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Michael Porrini Scored 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds of his own – the Flashes were able to keep the Bulls at a good distance all night.

Buffalo’s offense was a one man show with forward Javon McCrea dropping 28 points and grabbing 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who out-rebounded Kent St. 40-35.

Kent St. led 41-25 at the half before Buffalo made a little bit of a run. The Bulls cut the lead to 10 – 46-36 – with 15 minutes to go, and got within 4 at 56-52 with 8 minutes to go before the Flashes went on a 10-4 run to put the game away.

Kent State will face the winner of Thursday’s late game between Ball St. and Ohio.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.