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.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.