Aaron Gray had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots; Ronald Ramon scored 16 points; Sam Young added 12 points and two rebounds; Carl Krauser had 11 points, nine assists and two rebounds; and Levance Fields had 10 points, two assists, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot for the 5th-seeded Panthers, who rose to 25-7 and will play 14th-seeded Bradley in the second round on Sunday.
Kevin Warzynski had 15 points and four rebounds; and both Jay Youngblood and Omni Smith scored 10 points for the 12th-seeded Golden Flashes, who finished their season with a record of 25-9.
Pitt out-rebounded Kent State, 27-23.
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