Kent St. 63, Marshall 61
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP)—Bryan Bedford had 17 points and Kent State beat Marshall 63-61 on Tuesday to claim first place in the Mid-American Conference’s East Division.
Marshall trailed 62-61 in the final seconds and had a chance to win it in regulation. But the Thundering Herd had trouble setting up their offense, and Ronny Dawn misfired on a 3-point attempt from about 40 feet away with less than one second remaining.
Eric Haut scored 15 for the Golden Flashes (9-2, 3-0 Mid-American), who have won four straight.
The Thundering Herd trailed 62-57 with 1:26 left, but made it a one-point game on free throws by A.W. Hamilton and David Anderson with 54 seconds left.
Marvin Black had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Marshall. Anderson scored 12 and Ardo Armpalu had 10 points for the Herd (5-5, 2-1), which led 53-47 before Kent State took the lead for good during its late 15-4 run.
The Golden Flashes trailed for much of the first half, but used hot 3-point shooting to take a 32-30 halftime lead. Kent State made eight 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 13—three shy of a school record set against Marshall two years ago.
Kent State has beaten Marshall in nine of the teams’ last 10 meetings.