Edwin and Kent State are MAC Champions
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.