TOLEDO, Ohio – Kent State watched a valiant effort at Toledo fall short in an 81-78 loss to the Rockets on Sunday night at Savage Hall.
Kent State led by six points with 13:29 to play and still held a 70-68 advantage with 3:37 to play before late baskets by Justin Drummond and Julius "Juice" Brown allowed the Rockets to forge into the lead.
Jackson drilled two three-pointers in the final 47 seconds to give the Flashes a late chance. His last with four seconds to play cut Toledo's advantage to just two points. When Brown split his two free throws, Kent State found chance to tie it at the buzzer. Brewer's running three from 25 feet came up short.
Goodson finished 17 points, six rebounds and four assists to lead the Flashes before fouling out. Jackson added 16 points and Brewer scored 14.
Drummond scored 15 points to lead four Toledo players in double figures. Brown and J.D. Weatherspoon chipped in 14 points each while Pearson scored 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Rockets improved to 17-2 overall and 5-1 in MAC play.