the republic logo

Tava's basket lifts Western Michigan over Kent State 67-66


KALAMAZOO, Michigan — Connar Tava's driving layup lifted Western Michigan to a 67-66 victory over Kent State on Wednesday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

David Brown's 3-pointer got Western Michigan within a point of the Golden Flashes with 1:10 remaining. After Chris Ortiz missed a 3-pointer for Kent State and following a timeout, Tava drove the baseline and put in a spinning hook shot with 10 seconds remaining. Kent State's Devareaux Manley drove to the hoop but his shot missed as time expired.

Kent State had led since 15:47 of the second half and was up eight with 8:44 left.

Tucker Haymond led Western Michigan (14-8, 5-4 Mid-American), which shot 50 percent, with 17 points. Tava and Brown had 16 each.

Derek Jackson had 20 points for Kent State (15-7, 6-3), which shot 40.7 percent. Manley scored 18. Kent State made 13 of 31 3-pointers but was outscored 36-20 in the paint.

Kent State played without leading scorer and rebounder Jimmy Hall, who was ill.

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.

All content copyright ©2015 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.