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Mississippi Valley State at Kent State men’s basketball: KSU uses second half run to rout MVSU 93-63

Mississippi Valley State stayed with Kent State in the early going, but Kent State was too much for the Delta Devils in the end.

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Jimmy Hall had 23 points, and led the Kent State Golden Flashes to a 93-63 win over the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils on Wednesday night.

The Delta Devils showed strength early on, responding from an early 10-point deficit to take a small lead midway through the first half.

However, Kent State would respond with force. The Flashes ended the first half on a 16-5 run to take a ten point, 41-31 into the halftime break.

Kent State didn’t stop extending their lead after the teams came back to the court after the break, outscoring MVSU by 6 in the first few minutes of the second half.

Kent State suffocated any chance for a comeback with a 11-0 run midway through the second half, which gave the Golden Flashes a 27-point lead, their largest of the night to that point.

Mississippi Valley State was led in scoring by Isaac Williams, who finished with 17 for the night. Rashaan Surles led the Delta Devils’ bench with 10 points.

Hall would be the player on either side to reach 20 points for the game and one of only three players in blue and gold to score in double figures, with the others being guard Jaylin Walker who finished with 14, and guard Deon Edwin who added 11.

The loss moves the SWAC-based Devils to 0-3 on the year, while Kent State improves 2-0 on the young season.

Next up, Mississippi Valley State travels to #13 Michigan State, while Kent State stays at home to take on Division III’s Hiram College.