The standout performances of Ohio forwards Kenny Kaminski and Tony Campbell weren’t enough to bring home a win. Despite a late surge, the Bobcats (10-6, 1-3 MAC) suffered a 89-82 defeat at the hands of the Kent State Golden Flashes on Saturday night.
Kent State (12-5, 3-1 MAC) led by as many as 16 with just over five minutes remaining. Ohio was able to reduce the deficit to four in the final minute, but could not complete the comeback.
After shooting over 50 percent from the field in the first half and trailing by one at the break, the Bobcats came out flat in the made 40 percent of their shots in the second half.
Kent State was outrebounded 37-33 by Ohio, but held a 13-6 edge in second chance points. The Flashes were able to score 17 points off 15 ‘Cats’ turnovers.
Kaminski, a Medina native, totaled 21 points and eight rebounds in his return to Northeast Ohio. Campbell also scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Treg Setty and Gavin Block both added 12 points for Ohio in the loss.
The Golden Flashes were led by the backcourt tandem of Xavier Pollard and Kellon Thomas. Pollard led all scorers with 23 points and tallied three steals in the winning effort. Jimmy Hall Jr. recorded a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds and Jaylin Walker added 16 points.
Saturday’s loss marks the first time Ohio has suffered consecutive defeats this season. The Bobcats return to Athens to host Western Michigan (7-10, 1-3 MAC) on Tuesday. The Broncos will be riding high into the Convocation Center following Saturday’s 83-69 victory over Northern Illinois.