Evans also had seven assists for the Golden Flashes (18-12, 8-7 Mid-American Conference), who solidified their hold on a potential fourth seed -- and byes through two rounds -- in next week's conference tournament. Darren Goodson added 12 points off the bench.
Kent State led 35-18 with 2:24 remaining in the first half, but the Falcons (12-18, 6-9) closed the half with an 11-0 run and took their only lead of the game, 58-57, on Craig Sealey's dunk with 7:29 left.
Two free throws by Holt put the Golden Flashes ahead to stay, and a three-point play and a layup by Mark Henniger made it 64-58 with 4:59 left.
Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., who averaged 15.8 points in 13 games before being injured last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Isaiah Briscoe has decided to withdraw from the NBA draft and will return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. Marcus Lee intends to transfer.
The Big 12/SEC Challenge will again feature Kansas and Kentucky, this time at Rupp Arena. That's not the only exciting matchup in next season's midseason conference showdown.