Western Michigan continued their hot shooting from Tuesday’s win over Toledo. Kent State was on fire, too. The two teams battled in the first half, with WMU finally pulling out a 44-41 lead at intermission.
The Broncos pulled away early in the second half, eventually stretching the lead to 13 on a Seth Dugan layup with 11 minutes to go. Kent State was able to get within 2 with 4 minutes to go, before WMU stretched the lead to 8 with one minute, 27 seconds left.
Kent State made a spirited effort led by Jimmy Hall’s 6 straight points that closed the gap to 2 with 27 seconds left. Tucker Haymond and Thomas Wilder closed it out for the Broncos at the line.
Tucker Haymond led all scorers with 35, going 12-18 from the floor and 4-7 from the three point line. Thomas Wilder added 24 points and 6 assists. Freshman Reggie Jones added 15 points and 8 assists. Seth Dugan added 11 points and 2 blocks off the bench.
Kent State was led by Jimmy Hall, with 24 points on 8-11 shooting. He had 10 rebounds. No other player in the game had more than 4. There just weren’t a lot of missed shots. Jaylin Walker added 17. Deon Edwin was a perfect 5-5 from the floor while scoring 16 and adding 5 assists.
Mitch Peterson, the freshman guard from Richfield scored 10 off the bench for the Golden Flashes.
Both teams shot great from the floor, with WMU hitting 54% of their shots, and Kent State hitting 62.3%. Kent State won the rebounding battle 26-24. There were only 50 total rebounds for the entire game. The lowest rebounding team in the MAC is sitting at 35 per game.
Kent State is now 9-8 on the season, and 1-3 in the MAC. They host Buffalo at 7pm on Tuesday.
Western Michigan opened conference play against Akron, Ohio, Toledo and Kent. If you told coach Hawkins they would open conference play 2-2 with that schedule, he probably would have taken it. The Broncos are now 6-10 on the season, and on Tuesday head to Eastern Michigan to take on an Eagles team that got a big win at Ohio today.