Feb. 28, 2006
KENT, Ohio -
Kent State secured at least a share of the Mid-American Conference regular-season title with a 78-58 victory over the Ohio men's basketball team Tuesday evening.
The Golden Flashes (22-7, 15-2 MAC) had four players in double figures, led by DeAndre Haynes with 24 points. Senior guard Mychal Green led the Bobcats with 16 points while junior guard Whitney Davis came off the bench to chip in 13.
Kent State scored the game's first seven points and never looked back. The lead went to 25-15 on a pair of free throws by Haynes just past the midway point of the opening period and reached 48-27 after a three-pointer by Haynes just before halftime.
The Golden Flash lead went as high as 23 early in the second half before Ohio (16-10, 9-8 MAC) went on an 11-3 run to cut the gap to 15, 60-45, with 11:55 to play. That was as close as the Bobcats would get, however, as both teams traded baskets for the most part the rest of the way.
In addition to Haynes' 24, Kent State got 15 points from Kevin Warzynski, 13 from Jay Youngblood and 11 from Armon Gates. The Golden Flashes shot 50 percent (26-of-52) from the field, 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from three-point range and 80.0 percent (16-of-20) from the free-throw line.
Ohio, meanwhile, managed 45.8 percent (22-of-48) from the field, 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from behind the arc and 81.8 percent (9-of-11) from the charity stripe.
Sophomore center Leon Williams and freshman forward Jerome Tillman contributed eight points apiece for the Bobcats while sophomore point guard Antonio Chatman added six points and three steals.
Ohio will close out the regular season Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against Bowling Green in the Convocation Center. The Bobcat women, who clinched a first-round MAC Tournament home game with a 66-56 win at Akron on Tuesday, will play approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the men's contest.
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