Kent: Kent State’s past three home games can be defined in just one word: dramatic.

Two of the three wins have come by way of overtime and a game-winning put-back. Now the Golden Flashes can add an 18-point comeback to the list of dramatic home finishes after they defeated league-leading Buffalo 82-79 Tuesday at the M.A.C. Center.

“Just toughness of the guys,” KSU coach Rob Senderoff said. “When you have that type of competitiveness and togetherness, you can win these type of games where you get yourself in a hole, but you stay together and find a way to win.”

It was the Bulls’ (16-6, 8-1 Mid-American Conference) first conference loss of the season.

Forward Danny Pippen (21 points and 13 rebounds) came up huge down the stretch for KSU (12-10, 6-3) making what were the three biggest plays of the game.

“He’s getting better, man,” Senderoff said of Pippen’s home success.

Following a game-tying lay­up by junior Jaylin Walker, Pippen pulled down a rebound after a defensive stop. Following a timeout in which Senderoff said that junior point guard Jalen Avery (14 points and six assists) called a play that would get junior Adonis De La Rosa (20 points) a chance to score.

“I didn’t say a word. Jalen Avery spoke the entire time,” Senderoff said. “He has that type of leadership. Sometimes you just stand there and clap.”

De La Rosa found Pippen under the rim to give the Flashes a two-point lead with 30 second left. And on the following possession, Pippen got his first block of the game to seal the win.

Pippen has used these three wins as stepping stones for what has turned out to be a quality sophomore campaign.

“I’m starting to get experience,” said Pippen, who’s averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds in the past three home games. “Last year, I wasn’t in [as much] so I’m starting to learn more and more on how to handle myself. I’m just staying the course and not doing anything extra, doing what I have to do to help the team win. Nothing more, nothing less.”

Junior Jeremy Harris led the Bulls with 20 points, and junior Nick Perkins added 15 points off the bench. Senior Wes Clark and sophomore Davonta Jordan and also score in double figures with 12 points each.

Perkins and Walker were ejected from the game with 7.6 seconds left following a physical altercation.

Kent State will travel to Bowling Green for a 3:30 p.m. tipoff on Saturday.