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Edwin and Kent State are MAC Champions

The Kent State University men's basketball team (22-13) won the 2017 Mid-American Conference Championship. Photo: Provided
Deon J. Edwin (with ball) was a member of Bayside Blazers in the 2016 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Deon J. Edwin (with ball) was a member of Bayside Blazers in the 2016 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed National Basketball League. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islander Deon J. Edwin and the Kent State University men's basketball team (22-13) won the 2017 Mid-American Conference Championship, defeating the top-seeded Akron Zips (26-8), 70-65, on Saturday March 11, 2017.

Tonight the story is about our guys and what they've been able to accomplish here tonight, what they've been able to accomplish here over the past week, what they've been able to accomplish over the entire season," exclaimed head coach Rob Senderoff.

"I'm just really, really proud of the entire group."

The championship is the sixth in programme history and the first under Senderoff.

After taking down Central Michigan in the first round at home, Kent State went on to defeat the third, second and first seeds in succession.

The win gives the Golden Flashes an automatic bid into the 2017 NCAA Tournament, with the selection show taking place Sunday at 5:30 PM on CBS.

"To me, it's just an amazing story, right?" Senderoff said. "That was all part of the story… that we had won all these games and lost senior night, and then we come out against Central Michigan, and we're down I think it was 26-9… just the resiliency. Over this last month, we've been up only two games at halftime, tonight and Buffalo, so we had been down almost all of them. So just the toughness we've shown and the togetherness they've shown, just an incredible story."

Kent State was led by the MAC Tournament MVP Jaylin Walker, who scored a career-high 30 points on 11-for-18 shooting. He also brought down six rebounds and dished out a pair of assists. Jimmy Hall earned another double-double, this time recording 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. His three assists and blocks were team-bests as well.

Overall, Kent State shot 53.1 percent (26-for-49) and scored 34 points in the paint. Akron shot 45.6 percent (26-for-57) from the floor. Kent State won the turnover margin, 6-10. Edwin and Kevin Zabo each scored eight points on a combined 5-for-12 shooting. Edwin alsorecorded six rebounds and a pair of steals.

9 Responses to “Edwin and Kent State are MAC Champions”

  • guth boyz (12/03/2017, 14:03) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea Yea another success from the guth
  • Ballin (12/03/2017, 14:22) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hard Work and disclipline pays off. Good job young Edwin and good luck in the NCAA tournament.
  • Cuz (12/03/2017, 16:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You go boy!
  • View point (12/03/2017, 17:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My coach trained those guys all over n states. Since he gone no one going to states. You need to bring him here so we have real opportunity to go states.

    No one here even close to training like him.

    He trained Edwin, Carey and bunch others in USVI and St Croix.
  • Say whaaaat! (12/03/2017, 18:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Going up against the favorite UCLA so ayo better be ready daddy!
    • Fan (12/03/2017, 23:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      they will be
    • Hoopin (13/03/2017, 07:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope Edwin locks down NBA prospect Lonzo Ball. It's a tough task but I hope whoever guarding him makes him feel uncomfortable the whole time he's on court.


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