Kent State rallies to end Ohio winning streak
Golden Flashes come back from 13 down in 2nd half
By Lonnie McMillan / Contributor
Saturday, February 25, 2017
KENT - Kent State rallied from 13 down in the second half to snap Ohio's four-game winning streak, 70-67, on Saturday evening at the MAC Center.
Jimmy Hall's three-point play with 54 seconds left put the Golden Flashes ahead, and they held on. Hall finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Deon Edwin had 20 points and 18 rebounds.
Mike Laster scored 16 points off the bench for the Bobcats (18-9, 10-6 Mid-American Conference). Jaaron Simmons had 15 points and seven assists.
After Simmons was blocked, Jalen Avery extended Kent State's lead with two free throws. Simmons answered back with a layup, and after two Jaylin Walker free throws, Laster scored a bucket to make it a one-point game again.
Walker hit two more free throws with five seconds left, and Simmons missed a wild 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Ohio led 48-35 on a Doug Taylor layup with 14:40 remaining. Kent State (17-12, 9-7 MAC) followed with an 8-0 run, and down 61-53 with 6:13 to go, the Golden Flashes scored six straight points.
Kent State began the game by running out to an 11-2 lead, but Ohio followed with an 11-1 run to take the lead. The Bobcats used a 9-2 run to end the first half to go ahead 35-27.
The Bobcats host Buffalo at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Convo.