Junior forward Chris Evans scored a game-high 23 points and shot a near-perfect 9-10 from the field to lead the Golden Flashes over host Toledo 77-61 on Saturday night.


Led by Evans, Kent State found a rhythm from the floor and shot 52 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from 3-point range. Evans nailed all three 3-pointers he attempted.


After going into halftime with a 35-31 lead, KSU (14-6, 4-3 Mid-American Conference) opened the second half with an 11-2 run, eight of those points coming in transition following Toledo turnovers. The run was capped with back-to-back Evans dunks to extend KSU’s lead to 46-33.


The Rockets (10-11, 2-5), who struggled mightily from outside while hitting only 1-of-10 3-pointers, never recovered.


KSU point guard Michael Porrini had 14 points and eight assists. Forward Justin Greene shot only 4-for-10 from the field but made 6-of-7 free throws to finish with 14 points and five rebounds.


Toledo was paced by guard Rian Pearson, who scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Forward Matt Smith added 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and four rebounds.


In the two games since KSU lost to the University of Akron last Saturday, the Golden Flashes have outscored their opponents by 50.