Beaver's rally falls short lose to Kent State 66-63

 
 

Sometimes the shots just won't drop. Ask Stevie Thompson Junior. He must have had seven or eight shots in the 66-63 loss to Kent State that hung on the rim or just wouldn't go thru the net....He had his worst shooting night of the season 1-16 and 0-6 from three-point range. The Beavers also were 3-17 from the floor. Now its the break for Christmas and a return to action on the 29th when  Central Connecticut State comes to Gill.

Here is the official game story:

 Tres Tinkle had 20 points and seven rebounds and Kylor Kelley added 16 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in a 66-63 loss to Kent State on Friday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers (7-4) trailed by 11 in the second half before rallying to trim the lead to 52-51 on a 3-pointer by Ethan Thompson. 

Kent State (9-2) led 64-61 with a minute left. After a Jaylin Walker miss with 50 seconds remaining, Tinkle made a spinning layup with 40 seconds left and the Beavers trailed 64-63. Jalen Avery missed a floater with 14 seconds left but Walker grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He made both free throws. 

A Stephen Thompson Jr. 3-pointer just before the buzzer was off for Oregon State. Kent State shot 40 percent, including 10 for 21 on 3-pointers, while Oregon State shot 44 percent, but only 3 for 17 from long range. Oregon State led 21-7 early after a Thompson reverse layup at the 12:51 mark capped a 12-2 run.Kent State responded with its own 10-0 surge. 

Moments later, Walker, who comes off the bench, scored 13 points in just more than four minutes. The senior guard didn't attempt a shot until the 6:19 mark, when he made a layup. He followed that up with a 3-pointer and the Flashes took a 27-26 lead with 5:30 left in the first half. Kent State closed the half on an 8-0 run and led 42-33 at the break. 

Walker scored 26 points with four 3-pointers and grabbed seven rebounds and Avery added 16 points with four 3-pointers for the Golden Flashes. 

The Beavers conclude non-conference play at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29 against Central Connecticut at Gill Coliseum.

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