Scores

Final

Kent State 68

(19-12, 9-7 MAC)

Akron 64

(24-6, 14-2 MAC)

Coverage: ESPN2/WatchESPN

7:00 PM ET, March 8, 2013

James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, Ohio

1 2 T
KENT 40 2868
AKR 25 3964

Top Performers

Kent State: D. Goodson 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl

Akron: Z. Marshall 14 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

Akron stumbles in first game without point guard Alex Abreu

ESPN.com news services

AKRON, Ohio -- Darren Goodson set a career high with 19 points as Kent State upset Akron 68-64 Friday night as the first-place Zips played their first game without their starting point guard.

The Golden Flashes (19-12, 9-7 Mid-American Conference) beat an Akron team without Alex Abreu, who was arrested this week on charges of trafficking and possessing marijuana. Abreu pleaded not guilty earlier Friday.

Akron coach Keith Dambrot wrestled with his emotions as he offered support to Abreu.

"I felt like my son got arrested," Dambrot said. "It's a heartbreaking thing. I love that kid and I'm going to stick behind him. It's my obligation to stick behind him and get him through this difficult time."

Kent State led 40-25 at halftime and never surrendered the advantage, though Reggie McAdams' 3-pointer pulled the Zips (24-6, 14-2) within 64-61 with 33 seconds left. The Golden Flashes responded with four straight foul shots.

Freshman Carmelo Betancourt filled in for Abreu, scoring five points with four assists.

Akron's Demetrius Treadwell had 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Zeke Marshall added 14 points.

The loss drops Akron to 15-1 at home this year. The Zips have lost two of three since having their 19-game winning streak snapped.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
KENT
AKR
Points 68 64
FG Made-Attempted 22-51 (.431) 25-72 (.347)
3P Made-Attempted 4-14 (.286) 6-27 (.222)
FT Made-Attempted 20-27 (.741) 8-16 (.500)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
Largest Lead 18 4

2012-13 Season

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Jan 19, 2013 AKR 71, @KENT 67Recap
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