Hall hit 9-of-11 from the field in just 18 minutes of work to help the Flashes to a 62-16 advantage in points in the paint. In his first start of the season, sophomore Raasean Davis had his best collegiate performance with 12 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Deon Edwin also finished just short of a double-double, as he added a career-high 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting to go with nine rebounds and a career-high four steals.
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Kent State seized control early, jumping out to a 43-23 lead at the half. Hall scored 14 of his points in the first 20 minutes while missing just one of his eight shots.
All 11 Flashes that saw the floor finished with at least one field goal and one rebound, as Kent State held a 44-21 bench scoring advantage. Xavier Pollard led the reserves with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Freshman point guard Jalen Avery added eight points while dishing out a career-high six assists and getting two steals on the defensive end in 21 turnover-free minutes. Khaliq Spicer provided eight points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots, while Galal Cancer added eight points.
A free throw by Jon Fleming with 1:15 to play gave KSU a 100-55 lead, marking the first 100-point effort for the Flashes since a 102-97 win over Niagara on Nov. 23, 2013. As a team, the Flashes shot 57 percent from the field (40-for-70) while controlling the boards, 48-23.
If there was a worry for KSU coming into the game against the Division III opponent, it was Oberlin's reliance on three-point shooting and the potential for the Yeomen to get hot early. That fear never materialized as Oberlin (6-5) made just two of its 13 shots from beyond the arc during the first half. Led by Nathan Cohen (19 points), Oberlin improved from long range in the second half, making 7-of-13 threes, but by then the game had already been decided.
(Courtesy of KSU Athletics)