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Hall scores 24 as Kent State dethrones 2-time champ, Buffalo

CLEVELAND (AP) Jimmy Hall scored 24 points including the last two at the free throw line as Kent State held off Buffalo 68-65 in a squeaker of a Mid-American Conference quarterfinal on Thursday night, ending Buffalo's two-year reign as MAC Tournament champions.

The Golden Flashes (20-13), winners in eight of their last nine games, advance to play Ohio (20-10), the MAC second seed, in the semifinals on Friday.

Kent State was nursing a 66-65 lead and was awarded possession after a loose-ball scramble, and the Bulls fouled Hall with 12.9 seconds left. The senior, who now has 1,600 career points, made both. Hall scored 19 after halftime and finished 12 of 14 at the foul line.

Points: B. Hamilton17.5
Rebounds: N. Perkins6.7
Assists: B. Hamilton4.4
FG%: B. Hamilton43.2%
FT%: B. Hamilton77.7%
3P%: W. Conner37.0%
Steals: D. Caruthers1.8
Blocks: R. Johnson0.8
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Mid-American Standings
  W-L W-L
Akron 14-4 27-9
Ohio 11-7 20-11
Buffalo 11-7 17-15
Kent State 10-8 22-14
Bowling Green 7-11 13-19
Miami (OH) 4-14 11-21
Ball State 11-7 21-13
Western Michigan 11-7 16-16
Toledo 9-9 17-17
Eastern Michigan 7-11 16-17
Northern Illinois 7-11 15-17
Central Michigan 6-12 16-16
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