Kent State Shows Akron Who Owns MAC

Golden Flashes use balanced offense, solid defense in rout
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2008 11:52 PM CDT
Kent State's Mike Scott celebrates after a 74-55 win over Akron in the final of the Mid-American Conference basketball tournament yesterday. Kent State earns an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.    (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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(Newser) – Kent State left no doubt who should be representing the Mid-American Conference in the NCAA Tournament last night. The Golden Flashes rode 16 points from Haminn Quaintance and 14 by Mike Scott to a 74-55 thrashing of Akron, reports the Plain Dealer. Besides a solid night on offense, the Golden Flashes had an even better night on defense, holding Akron to 30.8% shooting.

Kent State is 28-6 and hoping for a good seed in the NCAAs, having won eight of its past nine, including four wins over Top 100 teams and a victory on the road against then-No. 25 St. Mary's. The Golden Flashes also got 13 rebounds from Scott and 13 points from Mike Singletary. Kent State trailed early, then put the game away with a 14-1 run to end the first half.