The result moved the Golden Flashes to the 1:30 p.m. game Tuesday against George Mason.
Deon Edwin recorded career highs of 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists, leading the team in all three categories. He shot 7-for-14 from the floor and also matched his career high of four steals. Jaylin Walker matched his 19 points to go with two rebounds and two steals. Jimmy Hall tied the game high of nine rebounds and recorded 14 points and three blocks.
The Flashes had a good first half and . . .
The Flashes entered the second half having led for over 13 minutes of the game. However, a barrage of 3-pointers helped South Dakota build a lead to start the second half. South Dakota worked its way to a 66-55 lead with 11:51 left, its largest lead of the game.
With 1:37 left on the clock, Edwin secured his career-high 19 points with a fast break layup that put the Flashes ahead, 77-76. On the opposite end, South Dakota's Tyler Flack hit two free throws to retake the lead.
The Flashes missed a 3-pointer with just over a minute to go, giving South Dakota a chance to drain the clock with the lead. Two offensive rebounds for the Coyotes allowed them to take 56 seconds off the clock before Flack made a put-back layup to give his team a 3-point lead. Out of a timeout, the Flashes were able to get off a good look on a corner trey, but couldn't knock down the game-tying shot.
Monday's close game featured 16 lead changes and nine ties. Kent State shot 38.2 percent (26-for-68) from the floor, while South Dakota shot 42.2 percent (27-for-64). Kent State was outrebounded for the first time this season, 48-41, despite 15 offensive rebounds. KSU only committed nine turnovers – its lowest output of the season.
Jerrelle DeBerry came off the bench to score eight points on 2-for-4 shooting. Mitch Peterson and Kevin Zabo each chipped in four points.