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Kent State beats BG, Akron loses

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN

Justin Greene had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Kent State held off Bowling Green 63-57 on Tuesday night.

Michael Porrini added 13 points and nine assists and Rodriguez Sherman had 13 points for the Golden Flashes (13-7, 8-7 Mid-American Conference).

Kent State, which scored six straight to lead 21-17 at halftime, led 49-39 with 9:20 remaining.

Bowling Green (12-18, 7-8) then went on a 14-4 run to tie it at 53 on Mike Dabney’s free throw with 2:44 to play.

The Golden Flashes responded as Porrini made a jumper and Sherman a 3-pointer to put the Kent State up for good, 58-53, with 1:33 remaining.

The Golden Flashes turned it over 13 times and had 21 assists. Bowling Green had 14 turnovers and 14 assists.

A’uston Calhoun scored 15 points and Jordan Crawford 13 for the Falcons, who lost their sixth in a row.

Ohio 80, Akron 55

ATHENS

D.J. Cooper scored 25 points, including a career-high seven 3-pointers, to lead Ohio.

Tied at 18, Ohio outscored Akron 20-2 over a 16:17 stretch in the first half. Ricardo Johnson’s jumper capped the spurt that saw the Bobcats go 9 of 11 from the field, while holding Akron to 1-of-10 shooting.

Cent. Michigan 68, Toledo 56

TOLEDO

Trey Zeigler scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half as Central Michigan pulled away from Toledo.

Zeigler became the highest-scoring freshman in Chippewas (10-19, 7-8 MAC) history. Jalin Thomas added 17 points.