KENT, Ohio -- Randal Holt scored 19 points to lead Kent State past Arkansas State 73-69 Saturday night in a nonconference showdown.
Chris Evans finished with 16 points and six rebounds, and Thomas Kellon came off the bench to add 14 points for Kent State (7-5).
After trailing at halftime 40-34, Arkansas State (6-5) got within one, 61-60, on Rakeem Dickerson's free throw with 5:52 left in the second half.
Kent State responded with an 8-1 run to take a 69-62 lead with 3:44 left to play. Kellon's 3-pointer and layup sparked the Golden Flashes' run.
With 38 seconds left, Brandon Peterson made two free throws for Arkansas State to cut the deficit to two, 71-69, but Evans converted on two free throws to go up four with just 6 seconds remaining, sealing the victory.
Ed Townsel led the Red Wolves with 24 points, 19 coming after halftime.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.