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Akron routs Kent State to reach NCAAs


Enrique Freeman scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday night to lead fourth-seeded Akron to its eighth straight win, 75-55 over second-seeded Kent State in the final of the Mid-American Conference tournament in Cleveland.

With the win, Akron (24-9) advances to the NCAA Tournament. The Zips shot 52.6 percent (10 of 19) from 3-point range.

Justyn Hamilton led the Golden Flashes (23-10) with 19 points and eight rebounds. Kent State had its 14-game winning streak stopped.

Mountain West Conference

San Diego State missed two scoring opportunities in the final 10 seconds, sending top seed Boise State to a 53-52 win in the Mountain West tournament final in Las Vegas. Tyson Degenhart hit a jumper with 2:20 left in the second half to give Boise State (27-7) a 53-50 lead, but San Diego State’s Matt Bradley responded with a basket at the 1:51 mark to cut the lead to one. But Bradley, who led all scorers with 17, missed a jumper and a layup with eight seconds left, and Trey Pulliam missed a jumper with one second left. Degenhart topped the Broncos with 13 points. The third-seeded Aztecs fell to 23-8.

America East Conference

Vermont walloped UMBC 82-43 in Burlington, Vt., to win the America East title, sending the Catamounts to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019. The top-seeded Catamounts (28-5) were led by Ryan Davis, the unanimous league player of the year, who scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. With 10 points, Darnell Rogers was the only player to reach double figures for UMBC (18-14), which shot just 27.8 percent from the field.

Mideastern Athletic Conference

Top-seeded Norfolk State (24-6) ended an impressive run by Coppin State (9-23) with a 72-57 victory in the MEAC tournament final in Norfolk, Va. Joe Bryant Jr. scored a game-high 23 points and Jalen Hawkins added 17 for the Spartans, who won a First Four game in last season’s NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the first round.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

No. 2 seed Saint Peter’s (19-11) held No. 4 Monmouth (21-13) at bay to earn the auto-bid out of the MAAC with a 60-54 win in Atlantic City, N.J. A big scoring day from guard Doug Edert (20 points, including 8-for-9 from the free throw line) paced the Peacocks, who made it back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 and just the fourth time ever. The Peacocks are winless (0-3) in the tournament.

Southwestern Athletic Conference

John Walker III came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points as second-seeded Texas Southern (18-12) routed top-seeded Alcorn State 87-62 in the SWAC tournament final to reach the NCAA Tournament. Justin Thomas led Alcorn State (17-16) with 18 points.

–Field Level Media



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