KENT, Ohio – Ryan Rollins scored a layup with 17.3 seconds remaining and Toledo rallied from a nine-point deficit to secure an 84-82 win over Kent State on Tuesday and extended its winning streak to six games. FINAL BOX SCORE (PDF)
Toledo trailed 79-76 after Danny Pippen made a pair of free throws with 1:49 remaining. Rollins then buried a corner triple to even the score at 79-all with 1:35 left, but Pippen answered back with a trey as Kent State retained its three-point lead at 82-79 with 1:12 left.
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However, another three-pointer by Marreon Jackson knotted the game at 82-all with 51 seconds left before Rollins found the game-winner on Toledo’s next possession as the Rockets (9-3, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) stayed perfect at 4-0 in conference play.
Senior guard Spencer Littleson paced Toledo with a season-high 26 points on 9 of 11 shooting and a career-high eight 3-pointers to go with three rebounds and two steals.
Jackson, who like Littleson, also made some big buckets down the stretch for the Rockets, added 22 points with four 3-pointers. He also finished with five assists and three steals in the win.
Rollins contributed 13 points, six rebounds and four assists and Setric Millner Jr. ended with 10 points for Toledo, which shot 46.9% on 30 of 64 shooting from the field and 46.4% from 3-pointers on 13 for 28 attempts.
Pippen led Kent State (3-3, 0-2 MAC) with a double-double that included a game-high 34 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocked shots. Pippen was 12 of 23 overall shooting from the floor, while going 6-for-13 from long range.
Mike Nuga finished with 18 points and five rebounds and shot 7 of 16 from the field, while Justyn Hamilton had 11 rebounds, six points, and two blocks for the Golden Flashes, who shot 42.6% from the field on 29 of 68 shooting and went 13 for 31 for 41.9% from deep.
The Toledo Rockets return to action on Friday, Jan. 8 at home against Ohio in Savage Arena.
The Kent State Golden Flashes are back in action on Saturday, Jan. 9 at home against Western Michigan.