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E. Michigan 73, Kent 59

March 1, 1997

KENT, Ohio (AP) _ Earl Boykins scored 19 points and Derrick Dial added 18 as Eastern Michigan beat Kent 73-59 Saturday.

Jon Zajac chipped in with 11 points for the Eagles (20-9, 11-7 Mid-American), who locked up the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament that gets under way Tuesday night. The Eagles, the defending tournament champions, will open at home in the quarterfinals.

Zajac also had 10 rebounds as Eastern held a 39-30 upper hand on the boards.

Eastern, which dropped out of contention in the MAC with a five-game losing streak, ended the season with back-to-back victories.

Art Robertson scored 18 points for Kent (9-17, 7-11), which will also play in the eight-team tournament. D.J. Bosse added 12 points, but hit just 4-of-13 shots, including 4-of-11 from behind the 3-point arc.

Eastern built a 36-31 lead at the half by hitting all five of its 3-point shots. For the game, the Eagles were 7-of-11 from 3-point range, with Dial hitting 3-of-5, Charlie Eibeler 2-for-2 and Boykins 2-of-3.

The Golden Flashes got as close as 48-43 on a Ed Norvell dunk with 13:12 left, but then the Eagles went on an 11-4 run _ fueled by Dial’s seven points and four more from Nkechi Ezugwu.

Boykins and Dial, ranked third and eighth in the MAC in scoring entering the game, each hit 7-of-15 shots from the field.

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