Kent State rallies to beat Toledo 83-70 behind

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Troy Simons scored 21 points with four assists and four steals and Kent State rallied from 21 points down to beat Toledo 83-70 on Tuesday night for a season sweep of the Rockets.

Antonio Williams scored 21 points with four assists and four steals for the Golden Flashes (15-6, 5-3 Mid-American Conference), who ended the first half with a 16-0 run but trailed 35-32 at halftime.

Philip Whittington’s go-ahead layup put Kent State up 50-46 with 12:16 left to play and sparked a 14-3 run capped by Antonio Williams’ layup for a 58-49 lead and the Golden Flashes held on.

Danny Pippen grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 16 points, C.J. Williamson had nine points and Whittington had six.

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Luke Knapke scored 17 points with 10 rebounds and three assists and Willie Jackson scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Rockets (11-10, 3-5). Marreon Jackson had 25 points and seven assists.

The Golden Flashes improve to 2-0 against the Rockets this season. Kent State defeated Toledo 84-77 on Jan. 7. Kent State takes on Akron at home on Friday. Toledo matches up against Eastern Michigan on the road on Saturday.

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