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Toledo defeats Kent State 70-58 in MAC opener
TOLEDO 70, KENT ST 58

KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Rian Pearson scored 27 points with nine
rebounds as Toledo pulled away early in the second half to
defeat Kent State 70-58 Wednesday night in the Mid-American
Conference opener for both teams.



Leading 28-25 at the break, the Rockets (5-7) opened the second
half with a 15-4 burst that featured back-to-back 3-pointers by
Dominique Buckley.



The Golden Flashes (9-6) got within three points twice, the last
time at 57-54 with 3:46 left, but Nathan Boothe answered with a
three-point play. After Mark Henniger's layup made it 60-56,
Julius Brown and Pearson hit two free throws apiece en route to
snapping Kent State's four-game winning streak.



Pearson, who came in as the conference's top scorer (19.2 points
per game) made 10 of 19 field goals and 7 of 8 free throws.
Buckley added 15 points and Boothe 10, while Brown had 10
assists.



Chris Evans' 20 points led the Golden Flashes.

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