KENT, Ohio -- Junior transfer Derek Jackson scored 17 points to lead Kent State to a dominating 84-48 victory over Ohio Northern Friday night.
After sitting out last year following his transfer from Central Michigan, Jackson showed no signs of rust, hitting 6-of-7 shots and tying for the team lead with four steals. Darren Goodson, one of three returning starters for the Golden Flashes (1-0), pitched in 11 points.
Guard Kris Brewer led the team with 8 rebounds and added four steals.
Kent State used 12-2 and 11-2 runs to open a 41-20 half-time lead.
Ohio Northern, a division III school, struggled mightily against Kent State, turning the ball over 21 times and shooting 29.4 percent (15-51) for the game. No player was able to reach double figures.
Kent State is coming off of its 14th 20-win season in the past 15 years and an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.