The Flashes close out the 2018-2019 season with a 22-11 overall record, marking the most since 2009-10.
Senior guard Jalen Avery led four Flashes in double-figures, finishing the game with a season-high 23 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. Senior Jaylin Walker added 15 points and four rebounds, while junior Philip Whittington tallied 15 points and brought down seven boards. Freshman Anthony Roberts came off the bench to add 14 points in his first postseason contest.
ULM took a seven-point lead in the opening half, 23-16, but Kent State answered back and squared up the score at 29-all with 5:13 to play. The Flashes ended the first half with a 5-0 scoring run as Avery sunk a three-pointer with three seconds left that closed ULM's lead to one, 42-41 at the half.
The Warhawks offense roared to life in the second half, pulling away to a big lead it would not relinquish. Over eight minutes of play, ULM used an 18-4 scoring run that extended the lead to 17 points with 3:05 remaining in the game. The Flashes cut ULM's lead to 10 with a minute remaining but fell short in their comeback efforts.
ULM's offense was red hot as the Warhawks shot 57.1 percent (32-of-56) from the floor while making 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) shots from long range. Kent State shot 43.1 percent (28-of-65) from the field and went 37.5 (12-of-32) from beyond the arc.