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.