Regional College Basketball Saturday’s games
Kent State 77, Eastern Michigan 62
Randal Holt scored 17 points and hit five treys to become Kent State’s career 3-point leader as the Golden Flashes snapped a four-game losing streak. Holt’s fifth 3-pointer, No. 211, came with 11:34 remaining, pushing him ahead of Trevor Huffman (1998-2002) on Kent State’s all-time list. He shot 5 of 10 for the game. The Golden Flashes (12-10, 3-5 Mid-American Conference) made 37.5 percent from long range (9 of 24) against the Eagles’ 2-3 zone, including 41.7 percent (5 of 12) in the second half. Leading 32-26 at halftime, Kent State opened the second half with a 10-0 run, capped by back-to-back 3s by Holt, and eventually led by as many as 21. Chris Evans added 15 points and Darren Goodson finished with 12 for the Golden Flashes. Derek Thompson came off of the bench to score 17 points for Eastern Michigan (10-11, 3-4).
Akron 86, Ohio 72
Alex Abreu had 21 points and nine assists to lead Akron past Ohio in a meeting of the Mid-American Conference’s two unbeaten teams. The Zips (17-4, 8-0), the defending MAC regular-season champion, won their 13th consecutive game, the longest streak in Division I after Kansas lost to Oklahoma State. Zeke Marshall and Demetrius Treadwell contributed double-doubles for Akron. Marshall had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Treadwell 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Bobcats (15-6, 6-1), who had won seven straight, beat Akron in their last meeting, last season’s MAC tournament final. Nick Kellogg scored 15 points for Ohio and D.J. Cooper had 14 points and six assists. Cooper passed Grayson Marshall (Clemson, 1984-88) for 19th on the all-time Division I assists list and now has 861.
Bowling Green 70, Ball State 59
Jordon Crawford had 19 points and eight assists off the bench to lead Bowling Green over Ball State. A’uston Calhoun had 17 points and Chauncey Orr 10 for the Falcons (8-13, 3-5 MAC), who shot 57.5 percent (30 of 52) from the field despite making only 2 of 13 from beyond the arc. Bowling Green outscored Ball State 38-22 in the paint. Jauwan Scaife had 17 points and Jesse Berry 13 for the Cardinals (8-12, 2-6). Ball State has lost two in a row and six of its past seven.
Miami 70, Cent. Michigan 61
MOUNT PLEASANT, MICH.
Allen Roberts scored 19 points to lead Miami. The Redhawks (8-12, 3-5 Mid-American) went ahead to stay at 51-48 on Roberts’ 3-pointer with 7:18 to play. Central Michigan stayed close and it was 59-57 when Roberts scored with 1:52 remaining. Miami was 8 for 8 at the free-throw line in the final minute. Will Felder scored 11 points and Will Sullivan scored 10 for Miami, which has won four in a row in the series and 13 of the last 14 against the Chippewas. Kyle Randall led the Chippewas (9-12, 2-6) with 20 points. Blake Hibbitts had 12 points for Central Michigan, which has lost four in a row.
Denison 70, Hiram 64
Despite trailing for most of the game, but rallying to lead by a point with five minutes to go, Hiram (10-11, 4-8 North Coast Athletic Conference) could not hold on against Denison (8-13, 6-6). Aaron Stefanov led the way with a game-high 23 points on eight-of-16 shooting, including going five-of-eight from three-point range. Alan Sheppard was the only other Terrier in double figures with 10 points to go along with a game-high five assists.
St. Bonaventure 68, Duquesne 60
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y.
Eric Mosley scored 14 points and led St. Bonaventure as it hit 54.5 percent from 3-point range in handing Duquesne its ninth consecutive loss in Atlantic 10 Conference. Sean Johnson, Jeremiah Jones and Kadeem Pantophlet each had 11 points for the Dukes (7-14, 0-7).
Robert Morris 60, LIU Brooklyn 57
Velton Jones made a jumper with 11 seconds left to lift Robert Morris. Karvel Anderson knocked down two free throws to seal the game for the Colonials (15-8, 7-3 Northeast Conference), who have won seven of their last eight games.
St. Francis (Pa.) 64, St. Francis Brooklyn 61
Earl Brown scored 19 points and pulled down 12 boards to help St. Francis (Pa.) snap an eight-game losing streak and win just its second game of the season. Ollie Jackson added 14 points and Tony Peters chipped in 13 for the Red Flash. The Terriers (9-12, 5-5 Northeast Conference) led 56-55 with 3:20 left to play before Jackson and Peters combined to score the Red Flash’s next six points.
DePauw 91, Hiram 46
Freshman forward Christy Griffin led the Terriers (8-14, 3-10 NCAC) with nine points. She also tied teammate Danielle Day in rebounds with six. Ali Ross led undefeated DePauw with 18 points and Alex Gasaway scored 17.