ALBANY, N.Y. — A six-year wait to return to the NCAA Tournament ended after just one game for the Kent State men’s basketball team. After their first-round game against Indiana began 40 minutes late, making it the last game of the Round of 64, the Golden Flashes faced an uphill struggle all night Friday at the MVP Arena.
Indiana proved to be a bit too much for the Mid-American Conference champions, winning 71-60. The Golden Flashes, the 13th-seed in Midwest, end their season at 28-8. The fourth-seeded Hoosiers (23-11) continue on to play Miami (Fla.) in a Midwest Region second-round game Sunday afternoon.
Here’s how the Kent State-Indiana game unfolded through our live updates Friday night from Albany:
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Trayce Jackson-Davis (24 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists) and Race Thompson (20 points, rebounds led the way) for Indiana.
Kent State was led by Sincere Carry (15 points).
It’s 71-57 with 56.8 seconds left.
Trayce Jackson-Davis taking over for Indiana against Kent State
Consensus All-American Davis scored six points in between timeouts and two rebounds.
He has a chance for the old-fashioned three-point play with a field goal after the break.
Indiana is up 62-50 with 7:39 left.
TJD has 18 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Things not much better for Kent State as Indiana runs toward Sunday
Race Thompson needs just three points to eclipse his career high of 20 points and Michael Kopp (10 points) as joined Trayce Jackson-Davis (12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) in double digits.
Kent has double-digit scoring from Sincere Carry (11) and Chris Payton (10).
Kent State’s season on life support as Indiana surges after the break
Indiana scored 10 of the first 14 points and now hold a 45-31 lead with 16:26 remaining.
Trayce Jackson-Davis (12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) and Race Thompson (18 points, 5 rebounds) continue to cause the Golden Flashes fits.
Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson came to play for Indiana against Kent State.
Indiana leads Kent State 35-27 at the break thanks to TJD and Thompson.
Jackson-Davis is playing great again with 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Thompson needs nine points to match his career high. The 6-foot-8 senior has 13 points and four boards for the Hoosiers.
The Golden Flashes were led by Sincere Carry (9 points), Malique Jacobs (6) and VonCameron Davis (5).
Kent fell victim to a 10-for-38 showing (26.3 percent) from the floor, while Indiana was 13-for-29 (44.8).
Both teams only committed two turnovers. The eight-point deficit shows up in the paint where the Hoosiers hold a 20-12 edge.
The bigs are giving Kent State fits as Indiana is good down low
As you’d expect, a very large Hoosiers squad owns a 14-8 edge in points in the paint.
It has the Hoosiers up 26-23 with 3:58 left and Race Thompson (10 points) headed to the line.
Kent State could close gap to three
A deep trey by Malique Jacobs with 7:24 left put the Golden Flashes even closer to even.
Jacobs hit the 3-pointer on the left elbow and w as followed by Tamar Bates. He’s got one shot to try and make it a 21-18 point contest.
Kent State balanced so far in NCAA Tournament game with Indiana
VonCameron Davis (5 points), Sincere Carry (4), Miryne Thomas (3) and Chris Payton (2) have accounted for the scoring for the Golden Flashes, who are showing signs of life.
They trail 19-14 with 10:53 left. Indiana will take the ball out deep in its own end.
Not the start you’re looking for if you like Kent State’s odds against Indiana
There’s a reason Indiana leads Kent State 15-9 with 13:41 left in the first half
The Hoosiers are 6-for-11 with Race Thompson (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) leading the way.
Kent State is for 3-for-12 with VonCameron Davis accounting for five points and two boards.
Trayce Jackson-Davis is making himself known early for Indiana against Kent State
It’s tied at seven with Indiana’s Miller Kopp headed to the line with 15:48 left in the first half.
Consensus All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis is already imposing his will on defense for the Hoosiers. The Golden Flashes are shooting 2-for-8 with Jackson-Davis logging two blocks already.
Who does the Kent State-Indiana winner play and when?
Fifth-seeded Miami took the Midwest Region’s other game at Albany in a 63-56 win over 12th-seeded Drake.
That’s not to say the Bulldogs (27-8) didn’t make the Hurricanes (26-7) sweat. Drake led for 27:05, but faded down the stretch.
Nijel Pack led the way with 21 points for Miami. Wooga Poplar had 15 and Norchard Omier had a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Drake was led by Darnell Brodie’s 20 points and nine rebounds. Sardaar Calhoun had 12 points and Roman Penn added 11 in the loss.
The KSU-Indiana winner Sunday in Albany at a time to be determined.
What happened the last time Kent State and Indiana played in the NCAA Tournament?
OK. Save this for trivia night. The last time these two played was on March 23, 2002 in the regional final in Lexington, Ky.
The Hoosiers won 81-69 on the way to a runner-up finish. The Golden Flashes were led by future Pro Football Hall of Famer Antonio Gates, who had 22 points and eight rebounds. Andrew Mitchell finished with 19 points and all-time Kent leading scorer Trevor Huffman finished with eight.
Kent State men’s basketball starters vs. Indiana
Here’s the expected starting five Friday night for the Golden Flashes:
Indiana men’s basketball starters vs. Kent State
Here’s the expected starting five Friday night for the Hoosiers:
Jalen Hood-Schifino, 6-6, freshman guard
Miller Kopp, 6-7, senior forward;
Trayce Jackson-Davis, 6-9, senior forward;
Race Thompson, 6-8, senior forward;
Trey Galloway, 6-4, junior guard
Kent State basketball’s NCAA tournament history
This is the Flashes’ seventh appearance in the tournament. They reached the Elite Eight in 2002, winning three tournament games. Overall, they are 4-6 in the tournament. They are 1-1 vs. Indiana, losing to the Hoosiers in the 2002 Elite Eight game and winning a 2001 first-round game.
Indiana basketball’s NCAA tournament history
The Hoosiers are sixth in NCAA Tournament appearances (41), seventh in NCAA Tournament victories (67), tied for eighth in Final Four appearances (8), and 10th in overall victories (68).
They’ve won five national titles.
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