Kent St. 74, W. Carolina 72

Kent St. 74, W. Carolina 72

Published Feb. 20, 2010 11:05 p.m. ET

Justin Greene scored 21 points and Kent State held off Western Carolina 74-72 on Saturday night.

Tyree Evans added 14 points, and Chris Singletary and Rodriguez Sherman each had 11 for the Golden Flashes (20-8), who have won two games in a row and eight of their past 10.

Kent survived an 8-3 run in the final minute to preserve the win. Trailing 71-64 with 51 seconds to play, the Catamounts' Jake Robinson hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 72-70 with 7 seconds to go. Greene pushed the lead to 74-70 with two free throws before the Catamounts' Richie Gordon closed out the scoring with a layup with 2 seconds remaining.

Gordon had 16 points, and Brandon Giles and Mike Williams each added 11 for the Catamounts (19-8), who lost their second game in a row and fifth in the past six games.