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Roaring back

Toledo rallies from 23 down to win MAC crown in OT

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Posted: Saturday March 10, 2001 7:32 PM


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kahli Carter scored 36 points, including five in overtime, as Toledo beat Kent State 74-65 to win its seventh Mid-American Conference championship Saturday.

Kent State led 38-15 at halftime, but Toledo got 27 points from Carter in the second half, including a 3-pointer that gave the Rockets (25-5) a 56-55 lead with 2:48 remaining.

Carter shot 11-of-17 from the field, including 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, a MAC title game record. Lori Albers of Bowling Green scored 34 points in a 96-68 victory over Kent State in 1993.

The Golden Flashes (21-8) took a 60-56 lead on two free throws by Carrie Nance and a layup and free throw by Julie Studer with 1:53 left.

But two free throws by Carter, who also had nine rebounds, and a layup by Tia Davis tied the game at 60 and sent it into overtime.

Toledo, which has won 16 straight games, outscored Kent State 14-5 in overtime. Its 23-point halftime deficit was the largest ever for a team that won a MAC tournament game.

The Golden Flashes shot just 20 percent from the field in the second half and went 1-for-10 in the overtime period.

Nance finished with 21 points, and Studer had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Kent State.

Kent State is 2-4 in the last six championship games, all against Toledo.

The Rockets also won championships in 1991, '92, '95, '96, '97 and '99.

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