Kent State could not hold a six-point halftime lead and lost 82-76 to host Western Michigan in a Mid-American Conference game Wednesday night.
The Golden Flashes (12-11, 3-6) had four players score in double figures but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Broncos (15-7, 7-2).
Chris Evans scored 19 points to lead KSU and also had nine rebounds. He made 8-of-10 from the free-throw line. Randal Holt, Darren Goodson, and Kris Brewer all had big games for the Flashes scoring 19, 18 and 15 points respectively. Kent State’s reserves, however, were outscored 29-6.
Western Michigan’s David Brown came off the bench to lead the Broncos with 22 points.
Evans scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half and Kent State took a 38-32 halftime lead. They were then outscored 50-38 in the second half.
Kent State’s Goodson and Mark Henniger fouled out late in the game as free throws and turnovers played a key factor late.
The Flashes committed 31 fouls to Western Michigan’s 18 and turned the ball over seven times in the second half.
The Broncos shot 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes to seal their victory.