"Somebody had to lose twice, and unfortunately it was us," said head coach Rob Senderoff, whose . . .
Jimmy Hall scored the first seven points of the game to give the Flashes the start they were looking for after falling behind 10-2 on Tuesday against No. 18 SMU. Penn State eventually tied the game at 31-31 and later scored the final seven points of the half to lead 42-37 after 20 minutes.
Kent State fought back in the second half and regained the lead, 51-50, on a three-point shot by Chris Ortiz. The senior forward would score the Flashes' next six points, as well, to take a 57-51 lead with 9:06 to play.
Penn State came right back with a 14-2 run to lead 65-59 and never trailed the rest of the way.
Hall led the Flashes with 15 points and eight rebounds. Kellon Thomas added 12 points. Ortiz and Xavier Pollard contributed 11 points each off the bench.
The Golden Flashes will head to North Carolina A&T next Wednesday, December 30 to close out the calendar year.
(Courtesy of KSU Athletics)