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Flashes fall in NCAA first round

By mrasor Published: March 18, 2006

Men's basketball

Kent State lost tonight to Pittsburgh 79-64 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Before you say it - no, the Zips would not have done any better.

Pitt's seven-footer Aaron Gray dominated the Flashes with 17 points and 14 rebounds. The game showed how far away the MAC was from big-conference teams this season.

It probably was coach Jim Christian's final game at Kent. A reputable source told me Christian is as good as gone, probably to his alma mater, Rhode Island.

Like I wrote a couple weeks ago, Kent State's program looks like it's going downhill. I'm not saying this out of jealousy or any other stupid reason Kent State fans want to make up. When you lose four seniors, two scholarships and possibly a coach, you can't expect to win another MAC Championship.

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