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Kent State beats Ball state 100-90 in MAC opener

January 4, 2017

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Jaylin Walker scored 21 points, Jimmy Hall added 20 with nine rebounds and five assists, and Kent State made all 31 of its free throws to beat Ball State 100-90 in Tuesday night’s Mid-American conference opener for both teams.

Kevin Zabo scored a career-high 18 points, Deon Edwin had 14, and Desmond Ridenour 13 for the Golden Flashes (9-5), who forced 26 Cardinals turnovers.

Trailing 49-46 at halftime, Sean Sellers put Ball State up 53-51 with a 3-pointer, but Zabo’s 3 put Kent State back on top. The Cardinals regained the lead 59-58 on Tahjai Teague’s layup with 13:27 to go, but Kent State went on an 11-0 run capped by Ridenour’s two free throws for a 69-59 lead.

Ridenour made five free throws in the final 56 seconds to lift Kent State to its third 100-point game of the season for the first time since 1965-66.

Ryan Weber scored 19 for the Cardinals (9-5), who saw their five-game win streak end.

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