Kent State downs Buffalo 77-69 behind Hall’s 26 points
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jimmy Hall grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 26 points to become the eighth player in Kent State history to reach 1,500 career points as the Golden Flashes beat the Buffalo 77-69 on Tuesday night.
Jaylin Walker scored 22 points with four 3-pointers for Kent State (16-12, 8-7), which entered the game two games back in the Mid-American East standings while Buffalo (15-13, 9-6) was tied for second and riding a six-game win streak.
After eight lead changes and three ties, Kent State used a 9-2 run in which Walker hit a 3 and a jumper to take a 58-51 lead. Hall’s jumper put the Golden Flashes up by nine with 3:06 to go.
Buffalo closed to 69-64 after two layups by Blake Hamilton with 1:30 left, but got no closer. The Bulls shot 37.5 percent from the floor in the second half.
Hamilton scored 22 for Buffalo, which had beaten Kent State seven straight times dating to the 2013-14 season.