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NIT Basketball Tournament Bracket Update: Kent State Beats Fairfield, Moves On To NIT Quarterfinals

The Kent St. Golden Flashes are moving on in the 2011 NIT Basketball Tournament after beating the Fairfield Stags on the road 72-68. Kent State will next face top seeded Colorado Buffaloes in the quarterfinals on Tuesday night with a trip to Madison Square Garden on the line.

Randal Holt scored 22 points while Carlton Guyton added 16 to lead the Flashes(25-11) to the win. The Flashes took a 52-49 lead with just over 11 minutes remaining on a three pointer by Rodriguez Sherman and never trailed again.

Derek Needham led the Stags with 20 points – 18 in the first half – while Ryan Olander added 15 points. Michael Porrini scored 11 points for the Flashes who shot 50% from the field compared to 45% for Fairfield. Kent State was 8-19 from three point range while Fairfield converted just 7-26.

The game was tied at 35 at the break and Fairfield took a 41-37 lead as Kent State struggled to score. With the game tied at 49, the Flashes went on an 11-6 run to take a 60-55 lead. The Stags closed to within 7-68 with :14 seconds to go, but the Flashes iced the game away from the free throw line.

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