Holt hit 5 of 5 from 3-point range and is now fourth on the Kent State (11-6, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) all-time list with 199 career 3-pointers, one shy of Armon Gates and current Golden Flashes' assistant coach Eric Haut.
Buffalo (5-12, 0-3) trailed most of the game until a 13-4 run led to a 60-56 advantage with 9:29 left. The lead changed three times after that, last when Devareaux Manley scored five straight points to put Kent State ahead 69-66 with 4:42 left. The points started a 16-2, game-ending run for Kent State, with Buffalo held scoreless after Javon McCrea's two free throws with 1:59 left.
McCrea made 15 of 15 free throws and led the Bulls with a career-high 33 points.
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.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won't move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite