ATHENS, Ohio – Kent State secured just its ninth season sweep of Ohio University since 1951 and moved into first place all by itself in the Mid-American Conference's East Division with a 65-51 road victory over the Bobcats on Saturday at the Convocation Center.
Saturday's win, combined with a Bowling Green loss at home to Buffalo, gave Kent State (19-8, 10-4) a one-game lead over the rest of the field in the East Division and kept the Flashes in a tie for the league's best record.
Devareaux Manley scored 16 points to lead the Golden Flashes. The senior drilled 5-of-12 from beyond the arc to move into second place on Kent State's all-time three point list with 211, passing Trevor Huffman(210 from 1999-2002). Manley is now just one three-pointer shy of tying Randal Holt's single-season record of 89, which was set in the 2012-13 campaign.
Saturday also marked the return of sophomore star Jimmy Hall, who had missed five games since Jan. 30 due to mononucleosis. Hall finished with 9 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes of work off the bench.
Ohio was led by Antonio Campbell's 14-point, 10-rebound double-double. Stevie Taylor added 13 points and Maurice Ndour added 12.
KSU’s Derek Jackson held Ohio's top scorer Javarez Willis 9 points below his season average. Willis scored 7 points on 2-for-11 shooting.
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"This was a great defensive effort," said Kent State head coach Rob Senderoff. "Our guys played really hard and competed on the glass. We defended the three really well and had a number of guys step up and make plays when we needed them.
"Devareaux hit some huge shots for us, as he has all year. Our guys did a good job of getting him open and finding him. And it was great to have Jimmy back. I think all of our guys were excited, and I know he was happy to help us get this win."
The Flashes used a 13-2 run at the end of the first half to take a 36-25 lead into the break. The spurt was highlighted by three-pointers by Manley and Derek Jackson.
A Kris Brewer three in the second half helped the Flashes overcome an Ohio run that had cut the lead to just two points early in the second half. Brewer finished with 11 points and helped control the pace of the game in the final 20 minutes.
Kent State also got important performances in the paint from Khaliq Spicer and Chris Ortiz. Spicer finished with 9 points and 6 rebounds, while Ortiz added 8 points and 7 boards. Their work on the offensive glass helped Kent State maintain a slim lead through most of the first half despite shooting below 30 percent from the field during that stretch.
The Flashes outscored Ohio 17-6 on second-chance points while winning the rebounding battle 39-33. Kent State also enjoyed a 26-13 advantage off the bench.
Kent State is at Miami (Tuesday, 7 p.m.)
Bowling Green is at Ohio (Tuesday, 7 p.m.)
(Courtesy of KSU Athletics)