Kent State went into halftime with a 37-33 lead and opened the second half strong. The Golden Flashes took a 50-38 lead with 14:10 left on a 3-pointer by Evans, who shot 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.
Miami trimmed the deficit to six points on Geovonie McKnight's jumper with 11:57 remaining. But the RedHawks pulled no closer, as Kent State scored the next seven points to push its advantage to 13 points.
Will Felder scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting for Miami (8-19, 3-11), which has lost seven straight games.
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.