Kent State holds on to defeat Niagara 102-97
KENT, Ohio (AP)
Trailing by 11 with 5:20 to go, the Purple Eagles (1-4) got to within 96-93 with 26 seconds left after Antoine Mason made a layup and free throw. But Thomas converted six free throws as Kent State (6-1) prevailed.
Both teams had two players foul out, including Henniger, and both converted 26 of 33 free throws, but Niagara made only 5 of 21 3-point attempts, though its strength on the offensive boards helped to offset Kent State's hot shooting. The Flashes made 34 of 56 shots for 60.7 percent from the field, including 8 of 17 3-pointers for 47.1 percent.
Mason, the nation's leading scorer coming in at 31.3 points per game, finished with 31.