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Bobcats fall to Flashes; Herd outlasts Owls

KENT (AP) — Xavier Pollard scored 23 points, and Kellon Thomas hit 9 of 12 free throws and finished with 19 points to help Kent State beat Ohio 89-82 Saturday night.

Jaylin Walker scored 16 points and Jimmy Hall had 15 with 10 rebounds for Kent State.

Walker had six points as the Golden Flashes (12-5, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) scored 11 in a row to take a 57-46 lead with 11:50 left.

A jumper by Thomas capped a 10-3 run that pushed Kent State’s lead to 16 with six minutes to play.

Ohio (10-6, 1-3) scored 17 of the next 23 points to pull within five, 80-75, on a layup by Jaaron Simmons with 1:06 remaining, but Thomas made six free throws, as Kent State hit 9 of 10 foul shots, from there to seal it.

Antonio Campbell and Kenny Kaminski scored 21 points apiece for Ohio. Kaminski hit four 3-pointers and Campbell had nine rebounds.

Marshall 94, Rice 90

HOUSTON (AP) — James Kelly scored 32 points, including Marshall’s last nine, and the Thundering Herd edged Rice 94-90 Saturday night.

Kelly was 13 of 19 from the field.

Stevie Browning scored 20 points, C.J. Burks had 14, and Ryan Taylor added 14 points and 15 rebounds for Marshall (9-9, 5-0 Conference USA).

Marcus Evans led the Owls (6-12, 1-4) with 29 points. Marquez Letcher-Eills scored a career-high 28, on 11-of-18 shooting, and Max Guercy had a season-high 12 assists.

Kelly’s 3-pointer with 2:08 put Marshall up by eight, 92-84. Rice scored the next six points to make it a two-point game, on Evans’ layup with 13 seconds left.

Kelly made a layup on the next possession to seal it.

Marshall shot 55.7 percent (34 of 61) from the field, including 11 of 22 from 3-point range, and hit 15 of 19 free throw attempts.