KENT, Ohio -- Mark Henniger scored 16 points Sunday afternoon and Kent State held off Kennesaw State 68-51 by scoring nearly half their points from the free-throw line.
Derek Jackson scored 14 points for Kent State (8-1) and the Golden Flashes shot 38.6 percent from the field compared with 31 percent for Kennesaw State (3-7). Henniger went 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
The lead changed hands 10 times in the first half. Khaliq Spicer tied it at 25 on two free throws at 2:48, then Kellon Thomas made a layup with 7 seconds to go to give the Golden Flashes a 27-25 advantage at halftime.
A 14-2 second-half run helped lift Kent State to a 51-34 lead at 9:27. Ten of their final 14 points were free throws.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.