The Kent State Golden Flashes shot 56 percent in the first half and fought off a comeback attempt by Central Michigan to win 67-64 in a Mid-American Conference game Sunday afternoon at the M.A.C. Center.


The victory was led by juniors Diamond Beckford, Trisha Krewson and Tamzin Barroilhet.


Beckford had a team-high 21 points, hitting 7-of-10 field goals, including both 3-point attempts, and had six rebounds.


Krewson scored 17 points, including four 3-pointers, and Barroilhet had eight points and five assists.


The Chippewas (11-9, 3-3) shot just 37.7 percent (23-of-61) but had the advantage in rebounding 42-27 with guard Crystal Bradford, who grabbed 14 boards.


Central Michigan was led by Niki DiGuilio’s game-high 22 points.


The youthful Golden Flashes have won back-to-back games for the first time this season to improve to 3-3 in MAC play and 4-12 overall. Two more victories will give the KSU program 600 victories.


The Golden Flashes’ next two games are on the road, starting Wednesday night with Western Michigan.