KENT — Junior forward Philip Whittington scored a career-high 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Kent State men’s basketball team closed its most successful nonconference season since 2002-03 with a 71-48 victory over NCAA Division III foe Oberlin on Monday at the M.A.C. Center.
The Golden Flashes improved to 11-2 with their ninth win in the last 10 games.
Kent State led just 25-20 at the half over the Yeomen (6-4) after shooting 28 percent from the field, but blew the game open with an 11-2 run to start the second half.
Senior guard Jaylin Walker produced 14 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench. He entered the contest shooting 55 percent from 3-point range, but connected on just 1-of-5 attempts from long distance. Overall the Flashes made just 2-of-12 3-pointers.
Junior guard Antonio Williams tacked on nine points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals, and freshman guard Anthony Roberts added nine points, four rebounds and three assists for KSU.
Kent State will host Bowling Green (8-5) in its Mid-American Conference opener at 7 p.m. Saturday.