Eastern Michigan played like the preseason Mid-American Conference West Division favorite while rolling past visiting Kent State 95-61 Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich.

The Eagles led by seven at the break, then scored 56 points in the second half to blow the game wide open. They shot 67 percent from the field (18-of-27) and made 5-of-7 3-pointers.

Eastern Michigan (8-8, 2-1) capitalized on a huge advantage in size, rolling up a 34-18 edge in points in the paint and winning the battle of the boards 39-27, while the Golden Flashes (12-4, 1-2) managed only two fast-break points.

Senior guard Jaylin Walker led Kent State with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, but shot 4-of-13 from the field. Junior forward Philip Whiitington was the only KSU player in double figures with 13 points, and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

The Flashes led 10-7 on jumper by a Whittington, and the score was tied at 20 just under 10 minutes in. Eastern Michigan then scored nine consecutive points, taking a 29-20 lead on a transition layup by Ty Groce, and went up 11 before senior forward Akiean Frederick's tip at the buzzer brought Kent State within 39-32 at intermission.

The Eagles opened the second half with a 14-1 run to take command, and things never got any better during a nightmare final 20 minutes for the Flashes, who surrendered a season-high 95 points while scoring a season-low 61.

Eastern Michigan shot 65 percent from the floor and drained 12-of-19 3-pointers. The Eagles shot 62 percent from deep in an 84-82 double-overtime win Tuesday at Ball State.

Senior forward Elijah Minnie led five Eastern Michigan players in double figures with 22 points and eight rebounds, followed by senior center James Thompson IV with 18 points and six boards.