CLEVELAND — 4:33 p.m.-Central Michigan eliminates Kent State from MAC Tournament

Despite a furious attempt over the final four minutes of the game, the Kent State Golden Flashes could not get the stops needed on defense to complete the comeback against Central Michigan in the quarterfinals of the 2019 Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday.

The fourth-seeded Golden Flashes (22-10) suffered an 89-81 loss to the fifth-seeded Chippewas and were eliminated from the MAC Tournament in the process.

With the win, the Chippewas (23-10) advanced to Friday night’s semifinal matchup against top-seeded Buffalo.

3:22 p.m.-Kent State trials Central, 42-34, at the half

The Kent State Golden Flashes found a rhythm on the offensive end of the floor late in the first half, but so did the Central Michigan Chippewas.

The fifth-seeded Chippewas used an aggressive, uptempo style of play to take a 42-34 lead into halftime of their quarterfinal matchup in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Thursday.

Senior guard Shawn Roundtree led the Chippewas with 15 points in 18 minutes. Roundtree went five for six from beyond the three-point arc, corralled three rebounds and handed out two assists in the first half.

Junior forward Philip Whittington converted six of his nine looks at the basket and both free-throw attempts on the way to 14 first-half points for the Golden Flashes. Whittington added six rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes.

2:50 p.m.-Kent State trails Central Michigan early in first half

The Kent State Golden Flashes started strong, but a lull on the offensive end of the floor allowed Central Michigan to surge ahead, 16-10, with 11:44 to play in the first half of their quarterfinal matchup in the 2019 Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Thursday.

Senior guard Jaylin Walker led Kent State in scoring with six points early in the half, but the team struggled to a 4-of-13 showing over the first eight-plus minutes of action.

Conversely, the Chippewas cashed in on their high-percentage opportunities, making seven of their first 11 shots in the game, including a two-for-five showing from three-point range.

2:30 p.m.-Kent State opens postseason play

CLEVELAND -- The road to the NCAA Tournament runs through Cleveland, as the 2019 Mid-American Conference has returned to Quicken Loans Arena, and the Kent State Golden Flashes are set to begin postseason play against the Central Michigan Chippewas.

The Golden Flashes (22-9, 11-7 MAC) earned the No. 4 seed in the 2019 MAC Tournament, but suffered an 84-74 loss to Central Michigan (22-10, 10-8 MAC) on the road on February 19.

Central Michigan entered play as the No. 5 seed in the tournament.