Zabo, Peterson lead Kent State past Western Michigan 73-71
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Zabo tossed in 23 points, Mitch Peterson made a putback just before the buzzer and Kent State beat Western Michigan 73-71 on Tuesday night.
On Kent State’s final possession, Zabo drove the middle of the lane but had his shot blocked. It fell to Danny Pippen, who came up short on a hook and it was knocked out to Peterson for the game-winner.
Adonis De La Rosa had 11 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season for the Golden Flashes (9-9, 3-2 Mid-American Conference). Pippen scored 16 points, all in the first half, on 6-of-6 shooting with four 3-pointers. Jaylin Walker scored 10 and Jalen Avery handed out nine assists.
Kent State knocked down its first eight 3-pointers in the first half and built a 42-24 lead. The Golden Flashes led 63-49 on Peterson’s 3-pointer at the midway point of the second half.
Avery’s 3-pointer and a De La Rosa dunk ended Kent State’s scoring drought, but Western Michigan used another 9-0 run capped by two Josh Davis layups to pull within 68-67. Zabo hit a 3 to put Kent State up 71-67, but Reggie Jones answered with two buckets to knot the score at 71 with seven seconds left.
Davis topped the Broncos (11-7, 3-2) with 16 points.