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<p>Justin Manns follows through on a slam dunk during a home game in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.</p>

Justin Manns follows through on a slam dunk during a home game in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.

Kent State forward Justin Greene loses the handle during a drive to the basket in Kent State's win over Western Michigan, 76-72, in the quarterfinal game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland.
Kent State forward Justin Greene loses the handle during a drive to the basket in Kent State's win over Western Michigan, 76-72, in the quarterfinal game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland.
Kent State guard Carlton Guyton drives against his Western Michigan opponent during Kent State's 76-72 win in the quarterfinal game of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland.
Kent State guard Carlton Guyton drives against his Western Michigan opponent during Kent State's 76-72 win in the quarterfinal game of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland.
Coach Rob Senderoff sends in a defensive play late in the game during Kent State's 76-72 win over Western Michigan.
Coach Rob Senderoff sends in a defensive play late in the game during Kent State's 76-72 win over Western Michigan.
A member of the Kent State dance team celebrates following Kent State's 76-72 win over Western Michigan during the quarterfinal match up of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland.
A member of the Kent State dance team celebrates following Kent State's 76-72 win over Western Michigan during the quarterfinal match up of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland.
  • <p>Justin Manns follows through on a slam dunk during a home game in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.</p>
  • Kent State forward Justin Greene loses the handle during a drive to the basket in Kent State's win over Western Michigan, 76-72, in the quarterfinal game of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland.
  • Kent State guard Carlton Guyton drives against his Western Michigan opponent during Kent State's 76-72 win in the quarterfinal game of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland.
  • Coach Rob Senderoff sends in a defensive play late in the game during Kent State's 76-72 win over Western Michigan.
  • A member of the Kent State dance team celebrates following Kent State's 76-72 win over Western Michigan during the quarterfinal match up of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament in Cleveland.

MAC Tournament Semifinals
End With
Kent State Loss to Akron

Intercollegiate Athletics
Kent State fell to rival Akron, 74-78, in the MAC tournament semifinals on March 9 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Kent State forward Patrick Jackson is fouled by two Western Michigan defenders during the first half of Kent State's 76-72 win in the quarterfinal game of the 2012 Mid-American Conference Tournament.

The Quarterfinals Game

At game time, in the quarterfinals on March 8, Kent State (20-10; 10-6 MAC) headed into the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament as the fourth seed. After leading the entire game, Kent State escaped a late rally by Western Michigan and will advance to the semi finals against Akron University.

Player of the quarterfinals game went to Justin Greene, who scored 23 points and made 10 of 16 field goals. Find game highlights at www.kentstatesports.com.


Kent State is paced offensively by senior forward Justin Greene who ranked fourth in the league averaging 15.4 points per game against MAC competition. Just a year ago, he averaged 16.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in three games while leading the team into the championship game.

The Kent State Golden Flashes also have been lifted by the all-around play of senior guard Michael Porrini. Porrini, who had 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in the 61-55 regular season finale loss to Akron last Friday, was the only player in the MAC to average better than nine points, five assists and four rebounds during league play this season. Porrini’s play has been a major factor in the Kent State’s success this season. Kent State is +194 with him on the court in the 20 games won and -83 in the 10 losses.   

Western Michigan is the 8th seed and advanced to third round with a 71-54 win over #12 Northern Illinois. 


Tickets

Get your tickets through the Kent State ticket office by calling 330-672-2244.


Next Up For Kent State

With a win on Thursday, Kent State will advance to the MAC Tournament semifinals on Friday, March 9, against Akron.


Quick Flashes

  • This is the first time since 1985 that Kent State has entered the MAC Tournament as a 4th seed.
  • The 4th seed has won the MAC Tournament four times (Miami, 2007; Ohio 2005; EMU, 1998; and Ball State, 1995).
  • The Golden Flashes line-up has combined to play 25 games in the MAC Tournament over the past three seasons.
  • Including the MAC Tournament, Kent State has won 30 straight games against MAC West opponents. The last loss was a 56-51 defeat at Toledo on Feb. 2, 2008.
  • The Golden Flashes rank 10th in the country averaging 8.8 steals a game.
  • Kent State is the only team in the MAC to have five players with at least 30 steals (over 1.0 spg).
  • Kent State has out rebounded four of the last five opponents.
  • The Golden Flashes have hit at least five three-pointers in 19 of the 20 wins this season.
  • Justin Greene needs only five points to become only the seventh player in school history to reach 1,500 in a career. Greene also needs nine rebounds to be the second with 800.  
  • Kent State shot a league best 38% from three and 47% from the field in conference games.


For more information about Kent State Athletics, visit www.kentstatesports.com.