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Edwin & Kent State beat Ball State, 100-90, in record setting night

- VI’s Deon J. Edwin sinks 14 points
Deon J. Edwin netted 14 points as Kent State University men's basketball team defeated the Ball State Cardinals, 100-90, on Tuesday January 3, 2017. Photo: Internet Source/File
Kent State University’s starting line-up for the game against Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday January 3, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Kent State University’s starting line-up for the game against Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday January 3, 2017. Photo: Facebook
Deon J. Edwin (with ball) playing for Bayside Blazers in the 2016 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League before departing for Kent State University. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Deon J. Edwin (with ball) playing for Bayside Blazers in the 2016 Hon Julian Fraser Save the Seed League before departing for Kent State University. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Deon J. Edwin and the Kent State University men's basketball team (9-5, 1-0 MAC) had a record setting night in picking up its Mid-American Conference opening game, defeating the Ball State Cardinals (9-5, 0-1 MAC), 100-90, Tuesday January 3, 2017 at home.

The Golden Flashes were a perfect 31-for-31 from the free throw line, setting a new MAC record for most free throws made in a perfect night. The previous record for the conference was 25, and the previous programme record was 13. The Flashes were three short of the NCAA record.

Five players scored in double figures for Kent State, including a 14-point effort from Virgin Islands’ baller Deon J. Edwin.

"We've been a good free throw shooting team all year," said head coach Rob Senderoff. "Tonight was very exceptional, and was a once in a lifetime sort of thing. 31-for-31 is the MAC record, so that's not going to happen every night."

Jimmy Hall scored 20 points against the Cardinals, and led the Golden Flashes with nine rebounds and five assists without a turnover. Jaylin Walker was the team's leading scorer at 21 points, finishing 3-for-6 from beyond the arc. Kevin Zabo had his best game for Kent State, finishing with 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting with four rebounds.

The Flashes put on a show for the fans in the M.A.C. Center in one of the most up tempo games played by Kent State this century.

The Golden Flashes reached the century mark for the third time this season, one short of the programme record set in 1965-66. It was Kent State's first 100-point game in MAC play since scoring 116 points on Marshall on February 19, 2002.

Kent State will carry back-to-back wins into its next game at Ohio Friday January 6, 2017 at 9:00P.M. on ESPNU.

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