Kent State holds off UAB 72-65

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KENT, Ohio (AP)—Mike McKee scored 19 points and Rodriguez Sherman added 17 as Kent State held off Alabama-Birmingham 72-65 on Saturday night.

The teams stayed close early in the first half until, after a Kent State timeout with the score tied at 22, the Golden Flashes (2-0) went on a 13-2 run over the final 3:38 to take an 11-point halftime lead.

The Blazers (1-1) fought back in the second, though, taking a 52-51 lead on Kenneth Cooper’s three-point play with 7:41 left.

But, sparked by a 3-pointer by McKee, Kent State went on a 10-2 run to take a seven point lead with just over three minutes left. McKee sank seven free throws in the final 45 seconds to seal the win.

McKee finished 4-for-7 from beyond the arc and 7-for-9 at the foul line for the Golden Flashes. Sherman chipped in with nine rebounds.

Elijah Milsap paced UAB with 18 points.

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 UAB
Howard Crawford Howard Crawford
6-15,  17 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Kent St.
Rodriquez Sherman Rodriquez Sherman
7-9,  17 Pts
7 Rebs, 4 Assists

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