Beacon Journal staff report
Despite three players scoring in double digits, the Kent State University men’s basketball team fell to Mid-American Conference rival Toledo 81-78.
Senior forward Darren Goodson scored a game-high 17 points while Derek Jackson and Kris Brewer scored 16 and 14 points respectively for the Golden Flashes (11-8, 2-4).
Former Ohio State player J.D. Weatherspoon led the MAC-leading Rockets (17-2, 5-1) with 14 points.
The game waited almost two full minutes for the first point, when Kent’s sophomore forward Khaliq Spicer emphatically changed that with a dunk following an offensive board. Spicer finished with eight points, four rebounds and four blocks.
The first half was a very back-and-forth affair, with neither team able to take more than a seven-point advantage. Goodson hit a three-pointer just ahead of the buzzer to make the score 37-36 heading into the break.
Kent State grabbed the lead early in the second half and held on for much of the period. However, with just over two minutes left, Toledo grabbed the lead at 72-70 with a dunk by junior forward Weatherspoon. It was a lead that the Rockets would not relinquish.