FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Kent State's CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament run ended in heartbreak as Quinton Upshur's layup with 14 seconds to play in overtime lifted Northern Arizona to a 74-73 victory in front of 3,653 at the Walkup Skydome.
The Golden Flashes trailed by 10 points late in regulation before battling back to force overtime. They led by five with 40 seconds to play in the extra session only to watch a string of astonishing plays flip the script.
MANLEY LEADS THE WAY
Devareaux Manley scored 25 points to lead the Flashes while hitting 6-of-15 from three-point range. Fellow senior Derek Jackson added 18 points, and Jimmy Hall battled back from an ice-cold shooting start to post a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double.
"These guys fought to the bitter end," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff, whose Flashes finished the 2014-15 season at 23-12. "It didn't go our way, but it wasn't for a lack of effort … We fought all the way back in regulation and this was certainly a game we could have won.
"You have to be proud of these guys. We won a share of the regular-season Mid-American Conference championship when nobody expected it. We won 23 games. We won 10 games on the road. At the end of the day, these guys had a great season. The effort was there. As a coach, you just want your guys to play hard night in and night out. I think we did that for the most part this year. I hope the fans appreciate that and are proud of this team."
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