Holt hit 5 of 5 from 3-point range and is now fourth on the Kent State (11-6, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) all-time list with 199 career 3-pointers, one shy of Armon Gates and current Golden Flashes' assistant coach Eric Haut.
Buffalo (5-12, 0-3) trailed most of the game until a 13-4 run led to a 60-56 advantage with 9:29 left. The lead changed three times after that, last when Devareaux Manley scored five straight points to put Kent State ahead 69-66 with 4:42 left. The points started a 16-2, game-ending run for Kent State, with Buffalo held scoreless after Javon McCrea's two free throws with 1:59 left.
McCrea made 15 of 15 free throws and led the Bulls with a career-high 33 points.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.
Florida State's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.