Kent State snapped a three-game losing streak Wednesday with a 68-61 win over Ohio.
Kent State trailed 15-16 in the first half but used a 26-5 run to gain control. Randal Holt scored a team-high 20 for the Golden Flashes, while Chris Evans chipped in 12 points and four steals.
Ohio was led by D.J. Cooper’s game-high 23.
The win was much needed for Kent State, which was coming off a pair of forgettable games. They fell to lowly Miami (OH) last Tuesday, and followed that up with a 16-point defeat at Bowling Green. Coupled with a Feb. 18 loss to the College of Charleston, Kent State had lost three straight and was in a bona fide funk.
No more, however. Wednesday's win puts the Golden Flashes in a tie for third with Ohio in the MAC standings, with each team sitting at 10-5 in the conference. The top four seeds get a first-round by in the MAC Tournament, which begins Monday, March 5.
Kent State can do no worse than a tie for third if they win their season finale against conference-leading Akron on Friday. That game is at Kent State, where the Golden Flashes are a perfect 7-0 in conference play.
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