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2016-17 MAC Men’s Basketball Recap: Kent State Golden Flashes at Western Michigan Broncos

The Broncos hold off a late charge from the Golden Flashes to move to 2-2 in the MAC

Syracuse v Western Michigan Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

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.