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Brown hits big shots, Bobcats sweep Flashes

Defense carries Ohio to 63-57 victory

ATHENS – Ohio held Kent State to 31.7% shooting, hit clutch shots late and took a 63-57 victory Tuesday night at The Convo to sweep the season series with the Golden Flashes for the first time since 2013.

Miles Brown hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:34 remaining and drilled a clinching shot from long range with just 18 seconds remaining. He finished with 10 points on the night for the balanced Bobcats, who were led by Jaylin Hunter with 13 points.

Kent State (13-13, 6-7 Mid-American Conference) led much of the game, including 33-27 at halftime. The lead was still six points at 50-44 following a Chris Payton Jr. free throw with 9:09 remaining, but an Ajay Sheldon 3-pointer was the start of a 9-0 run.

Hunter converted a three-point play to tie the game, and after an Aidan Hadaway free throw, Hunter hit a jumper that made it 53-50 with 4:01 left.

Kent State moved back in front with a Payton layup and then two Voncameron Davis free throws. That’s when Miles put Ohio (14-12, 8-5 MAC) back on top for good with a huge 3-pointer that made it 56-54 with 2:34 remaining.

Hadaway extended the lead with two free throws with one minute left before Jalen Sullinger knocked down a long 3-pointer that made it 58-57 with 44 seconds remaining. Ohio worked the clock and then got Brown’s next big shot from deep to go back in front by four with just 18 seconds left. Hadaway added two free throws to close it out.

Hadaway had nine points and six rebounds, AJ Clayton scored nine points with five rebounds, and Shareef Mithcell had eight points and nine rebounds.

Davis and Sullinger had 14 points each to lead the Golden Flashes.

Kent State used a 7-0 run in the middle of the first half to go up 22-16 and held its biggest lead of 28-20 on a Reggie Bass jumper 4:45 before halftime.

The Bobcats did not shoot well on the night at 35.4%, but they made 21 of 24 free throws. The Golden Flashes were just 9 of 12 at the foul line.

Ohio plays at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Northern Illinois.

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