Men's Basketball: Kent Defeats Rutgers 73-62 In NIT First Round

Updated 3/16/2000
KENT, Ohio (Mar. 16)(AP) - Trevor Huffman scored 18 points and hit 2-of-3 from the 3-point range to lead Kent to a 73-62 victory over Rutgers on March 16 in the opening game of the National Invitation Tournament.

Kent (22-7) advances to the second round of the tournament and will play against Villanova (20-12).

Kent scored 30 points off turnovers, compared to six for Rutgers (15-16), and had 30 points in the paint. Rutgers outrebounded Kent 40-25. Rutgers struggled with 3-pointers, hitting just 3-of-12 shots.

The two teams tied it up five times in the first half and then the Golden Flashes went on a 12-2 run to lead 36-26 at the 4:25 mark. Kent led 43-33 at the half and shot 45 percent from the field.

Helped by a 16-3 run, Rutgers came within one point with 11:01 left in the game but Kent answered with a 7-0 run to lead 63-54 at the 4:21 mark.

Huffman made 5-of-6 free throws in the last three minutes of play. Andrew Mitchell added 13 points and four rebounds for the Golden Flashes.

Rutgers was led by Dahntay Jones with 16 points, including making 5-of-7 free throws. Todd Billet added 14 points, pulled down five rebounds and led the team with five assists.